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01 Oct

Indie Bookstores Host Screenings for New Documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”

A number of bookstores signed up to host screenings of the film, which weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint a picture of voter suppression in America.

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01 Oct

HarperCollins Launches Fall 2019 Holiday Express Shipping Program

From October 28 to January 10, qualifying orders received by 3:00 p.m. ET will ship out the next business day and will be expedited so that in most cases they will be delivered in two business days.

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01 Oct

Upon Marking Their First Anniversaries, Four New Bookstore Owners Look Back

Bookselling This Week recently reached out to four bookstore owners after one year in business to talk about what they expected, what surprised them, and what they wished they had known going in.

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25 Sep

Winter Institute Waitlist Now Forming

Winter Institute registration sold out in record time this year. Booksellers can put themselves on the waitlist for the full event or purchase Day Pass registration to attend on Friday, January 24.

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25 Sep

Check Out These Titles Recently Added to ABA’s Pre-Order Calendar

Updated weekly, the calendar outlines selected books’ publication dates and details for ordering from publishers. When available, titles will also link to publishers’ downloadable digital marketing assets.

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25 Sep

BTW News Briefs

PW Superstar named; Strand owner to sue NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; SCIBA board votes to disband; Audible seeks publisher suit dismissal: Authors Guild, AAP file amicus brief; Oxford University Press to merge educational divisions: Mountaineers to handle fulfillment for Green Trails Maps; Reycraft Books to launch; Personnel changes at Algonquin Books, Dutton and Plume; Oprah’s Book Club picks The Water Dancer; National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 announced; Cundill History Prize shortlist announced

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25 Sep

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “A Car… Destroyed”

The sixth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for financial help after her car was destroyed in a flash flood.

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20 Sep

2019 National Book Awards Longlists Revealed

To be eligible for a 2019 National Book Award, a book must have been written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2018, and November 30, 2019.

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18 Sep

Registration Now Full for 15th Annual Winter Institute

Booksellers began registering at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 18; a waitlist has begun as the event has reached capacity.

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18 Sep

Letter: The Importance of the Indie Next List to Independent Publishers

“Your early reads matter to indie presses like ours, and we’re so grateful for them,” wrote Jenn Abel Kovitz of Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press in a letter to booksellers.

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18 Sep

HarperCollins to Offer Year-Round Quick Reorder Program With Ingram for 10 Western States

Launching in late October, the program will be available on qualifying orders from independent bookstores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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18 Sep

Sales of “The Testaments” Abound at Indie Bookstores

Booksellers around the country took to social media, hosted midnight releases, and ran pre-order campaigns to promote the book.

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18 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Amy Einhorn named Henry Holt publisher; Barnes & Noble’s Tim Mantel let go; Personnel changes at Skyhorse, National Book Foundation, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Children’s Books; Chicago Review Press and University of Chicago Press to distribute new publisher clients; Kirkus Prize finalists, Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award shortlist announced; National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Klaus Flugge Prize, SIBA Conroy Legacy Award, Great Lakes Great Reads Award winners announced 

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17 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of September 11, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.77 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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17 Sep

Penguin Random House Commences Two-Day Transit Program

For the eighth consecutive year, orders received from independent booksellers by 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday will ship for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days.

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