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01 Apr

Highlighting the Helpers: Binc Delivers $50,000 to Booksellers in Need

Binc has stepped up amidst the coronavirus outbreak to give a total of $50,000 in funds during the week of March 23; the foundation projects a total of $100,000 in funds to be out the door by next week.

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01 Apr
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An Important Customer Support Update From IndieCommerce

During such a busy time, the IndieCommerce team is eager to help booksellers with their sites, but assistance may take a bit longer than usual.

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01 Apr

Booksellers Join Bookshop to Drive Online Sales Amidst COVID-19

Booksellers can join Bookshop as partners, which automatically receive 10 percent of the profit distribution pool from revenue generated by Bookshop, or as affiliates, where stores can earn up to 30 percent commission.

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25 Mar

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Here, ABA has collected a number of tips for self-care during our day-to-day lives as well as sources for virtual therapy, mental health hotlines, and calming apps.

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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

Connecting With Fellow Booksellers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

ABA will host Zoom meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET; in addition, booksellers can talk at any time of day in a dedicated Bookseller-to-Bookseller Forum on BookWeb.

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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
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IndieCommunication: If Your Store Is Forced to Temporarily Close

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team illustrates how to use Ingram for fulfilling orders submitted on your IndieCommerce site.

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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
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“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
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Independent Bookstore Day Moves to August 29

Independent Bookstore Day, the national celebration of independent bookstores, will tentatively take place on August 29, 2020. Here are some important updates.

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23 Mar
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BookExpo Postponed to July

BookExpo will now be held July 22–24 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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