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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

Retailers’ Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

Booksellers can learn about steps businesses should take to handle coronavirus here. 

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18 Mar
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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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18 Mar

Indie Bookstores Pivot to Boost Business During COVID-19 Outbreak

Stores are promoting online orders and offering low-cost or free shipping, in addition to curbside pickup. 

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11 Mar
Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers

ABA Launches BookWeb Page to Track Coronavirus Updates, Changes, and Resources

In addition, booksellers are encouraged to visit BookWeb’s Bookseller-to-Bookseller Forums, where there is a new thread for stores to share tips and concerns during the outbreak.

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11 Mar

Indie Booksellers Promote Shopping Local During Coronavirus Outbreak

Booksellers across the country have begun encouraging customers to continue shopping local, whether in-person or online, as the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues to spread.

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11 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Binc’s Bank on Booksellers returns; Bookselling Without Borders scholarship winners named; Ripped Bodice publishes fourth State of Racial Diversity in Romance report; WNDB launches internship grants; Bologna Book Fair canceled, NBCC award ceremony postponed; Emma Watson picks Sex and World Peace; HBG pulls Woody Allen memoir; RHCB launches Underlined imprint; Workman launches audio imprint; Two Rivers to distribute Welbeck; Bucknell University Press teams with Rutgers; Ingram Academic Services to distribute Edinburgh University Press; LAMBDA finalists, Stella and LBF shortlists, Walter Scott longlist announced.

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11 Mar
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Last Call for BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program Applications

The grant includes a three-night stay at The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel, and $150 in BookExpo Bucks.

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11 Mar

March Indie Next List E-Newsletter Sent to More Than 613,000 Customers

Booksellers are invited to sign up now to send the free monthly adult or quarterly Kids’ Indie Next List e-newsletters to their customers.

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