Best Practices

12 Aug

High Praise for Human Resources Workshop to Be Held Twice This Fall

In response to enthusiastic feedback from booksellers who participated in Winter Institute 10’s Advanced Learning Session on Human Resources, ABA has invited the session’s presenter, Dr. John Sherlock, to lead two Human Resources Workshops this fall.

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22 Jul

Kobo Writing Life: Tips for Working Collaboratively With Indie Authors

Christine Munroe of Kobo Writing Life offers information and resources to help indie bookstores promote the works of self-published authors who are eager to work with them.

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18 Jun

On the Move: Booksellers Offer Insights on the Process of Relocating

A rite of passage for many bookstore owners and managers is a move of their bricks-and-mortar business into a new location. Here, three booksellers share their experiences with packing up, moving out, and setting up in new spaces.

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17 Jun

Treeline Analytics Tips and Tricks: Treeline and Edelweiss Collections

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster provides a quick tip to help booksellers add individual titles or lists of titles from Treeline Analytics to a Collection in Edelweiss.

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04 Jun

Tactics for Reaching Reluctant Readers

Booksellers, educators, and literacy advocates at April’s ABC Children’s Institute offered insights on what works best for inspiring children to want to read.

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19 May

Children’s Institute Panel Offers Best Practices for Greater Diversity

At the Children’s Institute in Pasadena last month, booksellers and authors at the forefront of the We Need Diverse Books movement shared a host of strategies on how best to promote diverse messages and content through in-store displays, events, and hiring practices.

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13 May

Navigating BookExpo America: A Checklist

With BEA less than two weeks away, now is a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are accomplished at achieving their key business goals at the show while grabbing galleys, attending events, and making new connections.

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07 May

ABA Launches Minimum Wage Legislative Tool Kit

To assist booksellers in advocating for minimum wage policies that take into account the economic realities of independent retailing, ABA has created the Minimum Wage Legislative Tool Kit.

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28 Apr

Treeline Analytics Tips and Tricks: Quick Health Exam

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster demonstrates how booksellers can quickly get a feel for what is happening with their inventory by looking at three Treeline screens: Market Top Sellers, Trends, and the In-Stock Bar Chart.

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16 Apr

Events Retreat Puts Booksellers, Authors, Publicists to Work

More than 50 bookstore owners and event managers gathered this week for the NAIBA/NEIBA “All About Events” retreat to discuss why booksellers should host events, how to work with publicists and authors, and the importance of publicity kits and author request grids, among other topics.

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16 Apr

Innovative Ideas From Bookseller Brainstorming at Wi10

Here is an array of great ideas for promoting bookstores as hubs of creativity, community, and activity, all gleaned from the bookseller discussion groups following Steven Johnson’s plenary talk, “How We Got to Now,” at Winter Institute 10.

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09 Apr

Goldman Sachs Program Offers Continuing Education for Small Business Owners

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which provides free coaching and education to small business owners, has been a boon to independent bookstore owner Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books.

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18 Mar

NAIBA and NEIBA to Host “All About Events” Retreat

Two regional associations are banding together to present the “All About Events” retreat next month for bookstore owners and managers looking to fine-tune their event-planning skills with the help of fellow booksellers.

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12 Jun

Music Licensing for the Uninitiated

If you play music in your bookstore, you need to understand what your legal responsibilities — and rights — are. Here's an up-to-date look at the major performing rights organizations, what they do, and the factors that dictate their licensing fees.

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22 May

Craft of Storytime Featured in Children’s Institute Video

The newest video from last month’s ABC Children’s Institute features bookseller, storyteller, and TEDx speaker Anastasia McKenna, aka “Miss Anastasia,” of The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas.

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