Winter Institute

23 Oct

The Winter Institute: A Transformative, Do-Not-Miss Experience

Registered for the 2009 Winter Institute in Salt Lake City yet? The free event, capped at 500 attendees, is packed with tough-times education, networking, author events, and store tours.

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09 Oct

Wi4 Scholarship Deadline October 17

Booksellers interested in entering the drawing for publisher-sponsored scholarships to the Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4) have until next Friday, October 17, to submit their names and contact information to the American Booksellers Association.

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30 Sep

Wanted: Creative Events & Marketing Ideas for Graphic Novels

The American Booksellers Association would like to hear from members who have hosted creative and fun events to promote graphic novels and comics -- including book clubs, comic slams, mini comic conventions, or similar events. Booksellers' input will help guide ABA's Education Department staff as they formulate content for the Fourth Annual Winter Institute's session "Creative Graphic Novel Events and Marketing."

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25 Sep

Wi4 Scholarships Increase By Two

This week, Peterson's joined the list of ABA Publisher Partners sponsoring bookseller scholarships to the Fourth Annual Winter Institute.

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25 Sep

Wi4 Store Merchandising Tours, Roundtables Require Sign-Up

Among the unique programs at the American Booksellers Association's upcoming Winter Institute will be the opportunity for booksellers to take a merchandising tour of either Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore (for large-store tactics) or The King's English Bookshop (for small to mid-size stores).

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18 Sep

Publishers Sponsor 23 Winter Institute Scholarships

The American Booksellers Association today announced the names of 23 Publisher Partners that are sponsoring bookseller scholarships to its Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4). The scholarships will cover the cost of reasonable transportation and up to a three-night stay at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown, the host hotel for Wi4.

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18 Sep

Ingram Creates Winter Institute Scholarships for Emerging Leaders

Ingram Book Company/Ingram Publisher Services is sponsoring six scholarships to help send emerging leaders in the independent bookstore community to the American Booksellers Association's Fourth Annual Winter Institute.

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18 Sep

ABA Pre-Winter Institute Conference to Focus on Local First/Shop Local Initiatives

The American Booksellers Association is inviting booksellers participating in established Local First campaigns and those who want to learn more about these community-focused initiatives to an important day of independent business alliance (IBA) education, just prior to the Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4).

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11 Sep

Winter Institute Registration Opens

Registration for the American Booksellers Association's Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4), to be held from Thursday, January 29, through Sunday, February 1, 2009, at Utah's Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown, is now open.

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04 Sep

Winter Institute Registration to Open Next Week

Registration for the American Booksellers Association's Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4) will open on on Thursday, September 11. The highly anticipated education event is open to the owners and staff of all ABA member stores and to provisional members.

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17 Jul

Four Winter Institute Videos Now on BookWeb

The focus of the ABA Winter Institute is education -- sometimes gained in a panel or a seminar, but, also, through the compelling insights of thoughtful authors and experts.

This year's institute featured two memorable keynote speakers and a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on localism that ended in a standing ovation. If you couldn't attend the Winter Institute, or missed any of these insightful speakers, four videos have been posted on

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21 Feb

Wi3 Education Handouts Now Available on BookWeb

For the approximately 500 booksellers who attended the American Booksellers Association's 2008 Winter Institute, there were 24 education sessions to pick from, on topics ranging from developing a business plan to better understanding customer behavior and reaching today's "digital natives."

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14 Feb

Wi3: From the Publishers' Perspective

Representatives from six of the American Booksellers Association's Third Annual Winter Institute Publisher Partners recently offered their thoughts on the two-and-a-half day education symposium, held in Louisville, Kentucky, last month.

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07 Feb

2009 Winter Institute - Set for Salt Lake City

The host city of the 2002 Winter Olympics will now be the location for ABA's 2009 Annual Winter Institute. Wi4 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Thursday, January 29, through Sunday, February 1, at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown.

The Winter Institute is a two-and-a-half day education symposium, with classes on a wide range of topics crucial to the ever-changing business of bookselling. The event also includes plenty of face time with great authors.

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06 Feb

Wi3: Shop Local 'Dream Team' Discusses Localism Movement in America

Beginning with optimism and ending with a standing ovation from the approximately 500 attendees, the Winter Institute keynote discussion on Shop Local and related movements was a fascinating overview about the importance of building alliances among locally owned independent businesses and changing consumers' mindsets regarding the importance of a healthy local economy.

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