BTW - Week of April 15, 2020

15 Apr

#SaveIndieBookstores Fund Surpasses $710,000

To be considered for a grant, bookstores can visit SaveIndieBookstores.com to fill out a short application.

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15 Apr

Booksellers: Share Your Origin Story for #SaveIndieBookstores

Booksellers are invited to share their story with ABA and be featured among fellow booksellers encouraging campaign contributions.

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15 Apr

Publishers Join Bookscan Challenge to Benefit #SaveIndieBookstores

Each participating publisher has identified one backlist title — an enduring hand-sell with a proven track record — for which they will donate 100 percent of the profit to the campaign.

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14 Apr

ABA to Host Government Relief Webinar on April 16

Experts in employment and labor law will walk booksellers through the federal government relief and wage requirements recently passed in response to COVID-19.

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14 Apr

E-commerce Update: More Online Customers Are Buying Books

As the IndieCommerce team explains, according to recent data, if booksellers can drive customers to their websites, they are more likely to make an online purchase than ever before.

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15 Apr

Highlighting the Helpers: Recent Supporters of the #SaveIndieBookstores Campaign

NAIBA, Michael Connelly, BookCon, and Shelf Awareness have all stepped up to show their support. 

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14 Apr

Next Europa Editions’ “Our Brilliant Friends” Event Continues to Benefit #SaveIndieBookstores

The event will feature Ann Goldstein, Sam Bett, Jennifer Croft, and “Comma Queen” Mary Norris; all proceeds will benefit the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign.

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15 Apr

American Express Invites Consumers to #StayHome and #ShopSmall

The campaign includes downloadable marketing materials for small businesses, including email templates and social media posts. 

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14 Apr

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares updates about new bookseller hires, the #SocksForBinc promotion, and special offers for a virtual celebration on what would have been Independent Bookstore Day, April 25.

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14 Apr

BookExpo and BookCon Postponed to 2021

“We are now looking forward and can’t wait to return with a stronger show than ever in 2021,” said Jenny Martin, event director for BookExpo and BookCon. 

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15 Apr

Candlewick Launches Digital Find Waldo Local Resources for 2020 Celebration

Although the physical campaign is on hold until 2021, booksellers can access videos, activities, and social media posts to celebrate the 2020 event virtually.

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15 Apr

Independent Bookstore Day Postponed but Celebrating Virtually This Month

IBD will be doing a social media push about indie bookstores starting on April 19 and ending on the original celebration date of April 25.

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15 Apr

Internet Archives’ “National Emergency Library” Draws Criticism

The Internet Archive, home to 1.4 million free digitized books, stirred up controversy when it launched the National Emergency Library (NEL) — a digital library that allows an unlimited number of people to download the same digital file. 

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15 Apr

A Roundup of ABA Team Efforts During the COVID-19 Crisis

As the implications of the coronavirus outbreak continue to unfold, ABA has been working hard to advocate for bookstore members and share critical information.

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15 Apr

Working From Home, ABA Adjusts to New Team Members

Booksellers will be glad to hear that many of the furry faces of ABA have received promotions. 

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15 Apr

Vote Now in the ABA Board Election

On April 1, all main store members received an email with links to the ballot and biographical information on each of the candidates.

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14 Apr

Explore Online and Virtual Events Tools on BookWeb

A team of ABA staff has researched a variety of services that help with hosting online events. See the results in a new chart on BookWeb.

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14 Apr

Marketing Meetup Recap: Virtual Events

Booksellers are now using Zoom, Crowdcast, and Be.Live to host virtual events.

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15 Apr

ABA’s April 23 Marketing Meetup to Once Again Feature Virtual Events Planning

Due to the success of the April 9 Marketing Meetup on hosting virtual events, ABA will revisit the topic with a new set of booksellers who have recently held sucessful events online.

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