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24 May

Communicating With Our Community: A Letter From Outgoing ABA President Betsy Burton

In her final letter as ABA president, Betsy Burton reflects on years of constructive communication between ABA and individual publishers.

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23 May

Birthday Buckets Drive Business to MudPuddles

The Birthday Buckets program at MudPuddles Toys & Books offers young customers the opportunity to fill a bin with the toys and books they want for their birthday and bring it to the attention of friends and family.

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17 May

Around Indies

Brick & Mortar Books to open in Washington; New owner for Winston Smith Books; McLean & Eakin, Broadway Books to mark 25 years; Queens Bookshop Initiative lands storefront; New staff at Kramerbooks, [words] Bookstore

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11 May

IndieCommunication: Book Subscription Clubs, Sales Tax on Shipping & More

The IndieCommunication newsletter of May 11 includes information on growing sales through book subscription clubs, charging sales tax on shipping, a new Kobo eReader, and more.

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10 May

Bronx Book Fair Panel Looks to Libraries, Bookstores to Combat Book Deserts

A panel discussion on book deserts at the May 6 Bronx Book Fair featured ABA CEO Oren Teicher and The Lit. Bar’s Noelle Santos in conversation with other members of the literary community.

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03 May

Booksellers Mark Third Independent Bookstore Day With Festive Celebrations

More than 400 bookstores nationwide celebrated Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29, with all-day events featuring author signings, special discounts, and book-themed refreshments.

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02 May

Sign Up Now for May 11 Webinar on Creating a Store Press Kit

May 10 is the deadline for booksellers to register for a webinar on creating a press kit that will communicate their bookstores strongest selling points to publishers.

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26 Apr

Webinar to Present Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Best Press Kit for Your Store

On May 11, ABA will host a webinar on creating a press kit that will prepare booksellers for their next conversation with publishers. The webinar will be presented by marketing consultant Maribeth Pelly.

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25 Apr

Tips for Safer Computing

ABA Systems Administrator Josh Harding shares a few tips to help improve the stability of your computer and keep sensitive information safe.

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20 Apr

January–March 2017: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

The first quarter of 2017 saw six ABA member store openings and six sales of existing businesses to new owners.

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19 Apr

Ci5: Delivering a Deep-Dive Analysis of Trends in Children’s Books

Allison Risbridger of NPD Book broke down the numbers during the Children’s Institute featured talk “Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Trends and Findings in Children’s Bookselling.”

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12 Apr

Hope Springs Eternal in Booksellers’ Hearts Thanks to the 3 Bs: A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

Betsy Burton discuss the 3 Bs — Business-to-Business (B2B), Backlist, and BATCH — issues that can be a win-win for booksellers and publishers alike.

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24 Mar

IndieCommerce: One-on-Ones, E-mail Marketing & More

The March 22 IndieCommunication newsletter included information on one-on-one sessions at the Children’s Institute, a look at e-mail marketing and e-mail blasts, and news of new Google Analytics tutorials.

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20 Mar

A Letter About BookExpo From ReedPop’s Lance Fensterman

ReedPop Senior Global Vice President Lance Fensterman shares some of the ways BookExpo 2017 has been refocused to make it more relevant, more useful, and easier for booksellers to attend.

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08 Mar

Spring Forum Education Handout Now on BookWeb

ABA has compiled booksellers’ ideas from Winter Institute’s Bookseller Discussion Groups in a handout aimed at helping booksellers address the current political/social climate in their communities.

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