Winter Institute

20 Mar

Ideas Sought in Advance of ABA Educational Task Force Meeting

Bookseller members of ABA’s Educational Task Force offer suggestions to ABA staff members charged with developing educational programming for association events such as the Winter and Children’s Institutes.

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19 Mar

Scholarship Application Period Opens for Winter Institute 2020

ABA member stores that have not attended the Winter Institute in the past seven years are eligible for a scholarship to the 2020 event.

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13 Mar

Wi14 Education: Thriving as a New Bookstore Owner

“Don’t feel bad if you’re not doing everything other stores are doing... Learn from those people over time, but just nail what you do,” said Tom Nissley of Phinney Books.

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11 Mar
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Wi14 Education: Do We Need to Talk? Surviving the Political & Cultural Divide With Your Co-Workers

The panel, moderated by Robert DelCampo of the University of New Mexico, covered how booksellers should navigate personal and professional pressures in today’s divided political climate.

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11 Mar
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Get Schooled: Watch Wi14 Education Session Videos Now on BookWeb

Topics include thriving as a new owner, creating dazzling displays, managing a multi-location business, mixing bookstores and bars, building successful relationships with publishers, and more.

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06 Mar

Wi14 Education: Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales

The panelists, four of whom were members of ABA’s Pre-Order Task Force, discussed ways to promote and sell pre-order titles.

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05 Mar

Wi14 Education: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone — Building Successful Relationships with Publishers

Panelists discussed best practices for networking with publishers at industry events, what publishers look for in an event proposal, how to pitch events in person, and how to keep these relationships moving forward.

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26 Feb
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Wi14 Education Idea Exchange: Marketing to Genre Readers

Booksellers at the American Booksellers Association’s recent Winter Institute discussed marketing, merchandising, events, and more during a roundtable focused on genre titles. 

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20 Feb

Wi14 Education: “Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women”

Panelists discussed programs that elevate the voices of female/female-identifying authors as well as efforts that feature women business owners and women-run businesses.

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20 Feb

Winter Institute Book Drive Collects Thousands of Titles for Refugees

Denise Chávez, owner of Casa Camino Real Book Store and Art Gallery, has been distributing books to refugees in her hometown of Las Cruces; more than 2,500 books were collected through the book drive. 

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Industry Trends and Analytics

The recent panel featured Michael Becher of Industry Insights, the company that assists ABA in compiling the ABACUS report; Brian O’Leary of the Book Industry Study Group; and Allison Risbridger of NPD Group. 

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Selling International and Diverse Books

One goal of Bookselling Without Borders, which provides fellowships to the top international book fairs, is to help booksellers increase sales of diverse and international literature in the indie market.

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12 Feb
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Visit BookWeb to Browse Wi14 Education Session Videos and Handouts

The Education Resources page features videos and handouts from sessions such as Managing a Multi-Location Business, Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales, and a Crash Course in Kids’ Bookselling. 

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06 Feb

A Report on the January 2019 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met on January 20–21, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just prior to the 14th Winter Institute.

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06 Feb

Share Your Winter Institute Feedback Now

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 14 are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey, which arrived in inboxes on Wednesday, February 6, and sign into the Winter Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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