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04 Jan

ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

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12 Aug
Independent Bookstore Day, August 29, 2020

What Booksellers Need to Know Ahead of Independent Bookstore Day

Join a webinar on how to sell event merch on IndieCommerce and IndieLite sites; review a video of an informational roundtable on Bookstore Day; promote the virtual events taking place on August 29; and access a variety of new imagery to share.

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12 Aug

Sign Up to Send the Indie Next List E-Newsletter to Your Customers

The August Indie Next List e-newsletter, featuring the month’s 20 titles with bookseller quotes in addition to a Q&A with the #1 pick, was sent to more than 689,000 customers at 177 ABA member stores.

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12 Aug

E-commerce Update: IndieCommerce Traffic and Sales Remain Steady

Over the past two weeks the conversion rate (the number of online customers that complete a sale) has remained fairly stable.

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11 Aug
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ABA Launches Four-Question Survey on Reporting Sales for Bestseller Lists

This information will help the ABA team as we continue discussions with the New York Times and with point-of-sale vendors.

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05 Aug

Order Independent Bookstore Day Masks by August 6

Five new mask designs are available, but they must be ordered by Thursday, August 6, to ensure delivery by Independent Bookstore Day, August 29.

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05 Aug

Binc Expands Staff in Response to Increased Grant Requests

Since the beginning of 2020, Binc has helped 556 families through hardship and emergency circumstances with more than $635,000 in assistance. 

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05 Aug

E-commerce Update: Another Increase in Online Traffic

After seeing average daily sales slowly decrease over the past month, this week’s sales revenue increased by 5.34 percent. 

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05 Aug
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Bookstores Get Creative in Times of COVID

From themed online book clubs to outdoor events, here are just some of the ways bookstores are continuing to serve their communities in a fun, socially distant way.

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04 Aug
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

BIPOC Bookseller Award Winners Announced

The winners are Serena Morales, a bookseller at Books Are Magic; Rosaura “Chawa” Magaña, co-owner of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore; and Hannah Oliver Depp, founder of Loyalty Bookstores.

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04 Aug

Book Collection Auction for Binc Begins August 7

Chuck and Dee Robinson, well-known booksellers long active in the industry, are offering a large collection of first-edition titles, advanced reading copies, and book ephemera.

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04 Aug

Nominations Closed for Black Booksellers to Join ABA Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee now begins its task of reviewing the nominees. In September, the committee will announce the two booksellers who have been appointed to the board.

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29 Jul

E-commerce Update: Online Traffic Still High

Despite some decreases, the number of online customers completing purchases on IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites continues to be very high. 

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29 Jul

The Booker Prize Announces Longlist

This year's longlist features Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, the #1 Indie Next List pick in January 2020. 

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27 Jul

A Q&A With Author Linda Kass, Owner of Gramercy Books

Linda Kass, owner of Gramercy Books in Bexley, Ohio, will release her second novel, A Ritchie Boy, on September 1 (She Writes Press).

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