Disasters/Relief

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25 Mar

Senate Debate Continues for Federal Small Business Relief Passage

On the morning of March 25, Republican and Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate said they had reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package that provides support to small businesses.

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25 Mar

IndieCommerce and IndieLite Sites See Record Sales

As readers practice social distancing amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the IndieCommerce team reports that online sales revenue at IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites increased by 1,350 percent on March 23. 

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25 Mar

Department of Labor Holds Open Comment Period on COVID-19 Related Expanded Paid Leave

The comment period allows employers and employees to play a role in shaping the development of the Department of Labor’s compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

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25 Mar

Booksellers Connect With Customers Through Virtual Events

As readers across the country practice social distancing and independent bookstores enter various states of closure, booksellers are finding new ways to stay connected with their customers and communities.

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24 Mar

Highlighting the Helpers: HarperCollins Offers Support to Independent Bookstores

HarperCollins has donated $50,000 to Binc, as well as a full-page Wall Street Journal ad to ABA for its #SupportLocalNow campaign. 

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24 Mar

“Wall Street Journal” Ad Aims to Boost Consumer Support of Local Businesses

The March 20 ad highlighted six ways to help keep neighborhood shops in business through the coronavirus outbreak.

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23 Mar

Booksellers: Sign Up to Get Advance Copies at Home or Digitally

The April Box mailing has been cancelled, but booksellers can now opt in to receive digital and/or physical galleys and ARCs from publishers. 

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23 Mar

ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook Features COVID-Related Publisher Offers and Updates

Handbook users will find a collection of publisher-provided information related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including details about special offers, key contacts, ordering and returns policies, and more. 

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19 Mar

ABA Urges Government Leaders to Provide Fiscal Relief for Small Businesses

ABA is sending letters to Senate leadership, members of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and governors in all 50 states and some territories as well as the mayor of D.C. regarding fiscal relief for small businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

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18 Mar

ABA’s COVID-19 Toolkit for Independent Booksellers

As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to have a significant impact on small businesses, the American Booksellers Association is committed to providing as many resources as possible to independent bookseller members.

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18 Mar

Sales Surge on IndieCommerce Sites as Readers Practice Social Distancing

The number of people purchasing books online from independent bookstores is increasing daily at an unprecedented pace, according to the IndieCommerce team. 

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18 Mar

Tips for Managing Cash Flow in a Crisis

As independent booksellers navigate the COVID-19 crisis, here are some ideas for managing cash flow in a time when sales — whether in-person or online — may be inconsistent.

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18 Mar

Binc Prepares for COVID-19 Assistance to Booksellers and Comic Retailers

The American Booksellers Association announced it would donate $100,000 to Binc, which is experiencing the highest number of requests for financial assistance in its history.

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18 Mar

Publishers, Wholesalers, Vendors Offer Support for Booksellers

As independent booksellers weather the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, industry partners are working with ABA to offer stores grace periods, extended dating, additional discounts, and more.

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18 Mar

Fiscal Relief Initiatives for Small Businesses During COVID-19 Outbreak

Fiscal relief policy focused on business and individuals impacted by COVID-19 is extremely fluid right now; as such, ABA’s advocacy team will continue to share developments as they happen.

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