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04 Sep

Reminder: Nominations Open for James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus

Author James Patterson will select winners from bookstores across the U.S. to receive bonuses this holiday season. The grant application asks one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” 

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04 Sep

Application Process Ongoing for ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

The award recognizes the achievements of booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved store operations, fostered community relationships, inspired new efficiencies, and more. 

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14 Aug

Religious Titles Escape Tariffs in Trade War, Children’s Books Tariffs Delayed

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Tuesday that religious books, including Bibles, will be excluded from the Trump administration’s 10 percent tariff on goods imported from China, while tariffs on children’s books will be delayed to December 15.

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14 Aug

Ci7 Education: Small Acts for Financial Gain

Bookstore panelists spoke about how to identify small costs that add up, where to look for savings, small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales, and more.

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13 Aug

Ci7 Education: Events University

The session offered booksellers the opportunity to learn best practices for hosting events in-store and off-site, including partnering with schools and libraries, hosting large-scale events, and using alternate venues.

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16 Jul

Ci7 Education: Advanced Bookselling — Author Event Grids

In this session, attendees heard tips for the perfect pitch, how to create a great general event profile, how to request access to author grids, and more.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Buying & Selling — Subscription Boxes

At this session on subscription boxes, booksellers learned about best practices for marketing, inventory control, options for special services, how to select categories, fulfillment management, and order tracking.

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03 Jul

Ci7 Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo on What Being Well-Read Really Means

Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High, spoke about the true meaning of being “well-read” at the seventh annual Children’s Institute. 

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02 Jul

Hitting the Road With Indie Booksellers: A Recap of the Full-Day Bookstore Tour at Ci7

Here from Tegan Tigani, ABA Board member and children’s book buyer at Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle, is a recap of the full-day bookstore tour held last week during the 2019 Children’s Institute.

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28 Jun

First Children’s Institute Town Hall Tackles Industry Problems and Solutions

Topics discussed included more education targeted to different types of bookstores, bookseller sustainability, and how children’s books are publicly perceived.

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27 Jun

Ci7 Keynote: Ann Patchett on How Owning a Bookstore Opens Doors

In addition to her keynote, Patchett attended Children’s Institute to promote her very first children’s book, Lambslide.

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18 Jun

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing Into Anti-competitive Power of Big Tech

The committee heard from executives of News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, who discussed the power that platforms like Google and Facebook have over the way news today is delivered and consumed.

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18 Jun

Hedge Fund Deal to Buy Barnes & Noble to Go Forward as No New Bids Announced

Although book distributor Readerlink was reported to be planning a rival offer for the company, B&N did not receive a new bid as of the third-party deadline for its agreement with Elliott Management Corp.

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12 Jun

Hedge Fund Agrees to Buy Barnes & Noble, But Readerlink May Present Competing Offer

B&N announced Friday it had reached a deal to be acquired by hedge fund Elliott Management, but the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that book distributor Readerlink may offer a competing bid.

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04 Jun

BookExpo Education: “The Power of Retail: Making Books, Authors and Building Community”

The panel, which was moderated by Lynn Neary of NPR, featured commentary on book retail from ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh, and other industry leaders.

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