Education Resources

187 results. Results may be paginated. Select one or more topics and filter by tag, format, or conference to focus results. Some resources are visible only to logged-in, ABA bookseller members.

Technology: IndieCommerce for Small Stores

Technology: IndieCommerce for Small Stores (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Technology: IndieCommerce for Small Stores Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Technology

E-commerce is too expensive, complicated, and time consuming for small or micro store, right? Wrong! If you have a micro store with yourself as the sole proprietor or with only a few staff, this session is for you. IndieCommerce Senior Manager Geetha Nathan will moderate a panel of booksellers from small stores who will walk attendees through their decision to include e-commerce, how they used the opportunity to expand their brand, and the resulting impact to both their customer base and bottom line. Panelists: Geetha Nathan, ABA (White Plains, NY), Rebekah Shoaf, Boogie Down Books (New York, NY), Doloris Vest, Book No Further (Roanoke, VA), Seth Marko, The Book Catapult (San Diego, CA)

Watch video from this event.

A (Feminist) Field Guide to Nonexistence with Rebecca Solnit

A (Feminist) Field Guide to Nonexistence with Rebecca Solnit (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, A (Feminist) Field Guide to Nonexistence with Rebecca Solnit Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:  None

Rebecca Solnit, the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books, has long been championed by independent booksellers. In this Wi15 keynote event — “A (Feminist) Field Guide to Nonexistence” — she will talk about her formation as a feminist and a writer in the face of a misogynistic American society, how she discovered her voice as a woman and an author, and what it means to speak out in a society that prefers women to be silent. Rebecca Solnit is the author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. 2003 book, River of Shadows, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lannan Literary Award; her 2013 book, The Faraway Nearby, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her most recent collection of essays, Call Them By Their True Names, was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize. Her forthcoming book, Recollections of My Nonexistence, will be published by Viking in March 2020.

Watch video from this event.

Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS

Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Finance: Cost Cutting with ABACUS Winter Institute 2020.
AttachmentSize
PDF icon Cost Cutting with ABACUS (PDF)116.33 KB
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • ABACUS

ABACUS is the financial benchmarking survey that provides actionable, store-specific financial data as well as overall data on the financial health of independent bookstores for those who submit to the survey. Whether or not you submit, you will find this session full of helpful guidelines and suggestions for increasing store profitability. Not sure what ABACUS is or if it’s applicable to you? This is the perfect place to find your answers. Panelists: Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA), Donna Garban, Little City Books (Hoboken, NJ), Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books and Music (Millerton, NY), Angela Schwesnedl, Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis, MN)

Watch video from this event.

Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time

Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

An independent bookstore's backlist exemplifies the independence of the store as an institution, as well as the creators of the book space, and its customers. It is through this curation, experiences and learning opportunities are created that reflect a bookstore's community and propels the business and its community forward. This session will provide insight into how to serve a community by going beyond the classics and the methods and challenges faced in curating a backlist representative of the bookstore's culture. Panelists: Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers (San Francisco, CA) , Derrick Young, MahoganyBooks (Washington, DC) , Rio Cortez, Schomburg Shop (Harlem, NY), Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers (Boston, MA), Alena Jones, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago, IL)

Watch video from this event.

Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt"

Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt" (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt" Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

One of the most anticipated and talked about books of the 2020, American Dirt, touches on issues of immigration on the southern US border, the politics of our current world and ultimately a mothers fierce love for her son. Javier Ramirez, co-owner of Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL) and Jeannie Cummings, author, will engage in a conversation about the work and the impact it has already had in the industry and indie bookselling community. Panelists: Jeanine Cummins, author, Flatiron Books, Javier Ramirez, Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL),

Watch video from this event.

Operations: Batch for Books

Operations: Batch for Books (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Operations: Batch for Books Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Technology

Batch for Books is a new electronic invoicing system created for booksellers and publishers in the U.S. The software-assisted service, based on the version used in the U.K., helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores. CEO Fraser Tanner will moderate a panel of UK users and US booksellers who have been part of the US Batch for Books beta test. Panelists include: Nic Bottomley, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (Bath, UK); David Prescott, Blackwell’s (Oxford, UK); Antonia Squire, The Bookshop (Bridport, UK); Fraser Tanner, Managing Director, Batch LTD (London, UK); Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company (Seattle, WA); Ron Tucker, Politics & Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

Watch video from this event.

Reinventing the Store: Achieving Growth in the Face of New Business Risks

Reinventing the Store: Achieving Growth in the Face of New Business Risks (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Reinventing the Store: Achieving Growth in the Face of New Business Risks Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:  None

New technologies and shifting consumer buying behaviors have reshaped the business landscape. In this Wi15 keynote event, Ryan Raffaelli (@RyanLRaffaelli), associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, will present his groundbreaking research on how longstanding industries can increase their odds of achieving sustained growth in the face of new business threats. Professor Raffaelli will also preview findings from his forthcoming academic paper on the renewed strength of the independent bookstore channel. Drawing on eight years of in-depth field observations of bookstores in 25 states, more than 200 interviews and focus groups, and analysis of extensive archival data, the study examines the decline and subsequent rise of the U.S. independent bookselling sector from 2005 to today. Professor Raffaelli will highlight “3Cs” of reinvention – community, curation, and convening – and offer broader insights for local businesses and communities responding to current significant threats from online and corporate retail competition.

Watch video from this event.

Buying for Small Stores and Tips for Better Buying

Buying for Small Stores and Tips for Better Buying (January 21, 2020)
Content related to the education session, Buying for Small Stores and Tips for Better Buying Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:  None

If you lost an important resource when Baker and Taylor left the indie community, this is a session you will not want to miss. The panelists will review the benefits of ordering direct from publishers and tips for organizing your resulting paperwork. Also on the panel will be booksellers who have accounts with wholesalers who can discuss those vendors' services for small stores. Panelists: PK Sindwani, ABA (White Plains, NY), Todd Dickinson, Aaron's Books (Lititz, PA), Lane Jacobson, Paulina Springs Books (Sisters, OR), Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books (Point Reyes Station, CA)

Watch video from this event.

IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Site Building

IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Site Building (January 21, 2020)
Content related to the education session, IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Site Building Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Technology

Pre-registration required; $59 fee per person; space is limited; attendance at Winter Institute is not required. Registration is closed. The IndieCommerce Institute is an interactive, classroom-style workshop for users of ABA’s e-commerce platforms. IndieCommerce Institute 2020 will feature two seminars: an IndieCommerce seminar for members using our IndieCommerce platform and an IndieLite seminar for members using our IndieLite platform. Each seminar will include step-by-step instructions for the topics covered. Each participant will be assigned their own test site to use and follow along with during the seminars. See the complete IndieCommerce Seminar schedule here. Panelists: Chanthee Keokhaw, ABA (White Plains, NY), Scott Nafz, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Geetha Nathan, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Ryan Quinn, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Matt Supko, Augment Digital (Huntsville, AL)

Site Building — Understanding the Basic Building Blocks of an IndieCommerce Site
Do you find terms like “page,” “block,” “menu,” “content,” “views,” etc., confusing and making it hard for you to build your IndieCommerce site to your liking? You are not alone. In this session, we will explore the terms and technology behind your website, what these items are for, how they depend on each other, and how they all fit together to create an amazing and rich website.

 

 

 

Matt Supko

Watch video from this event.

IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Store Books, Signed Copies, Pre-Order Titles

IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Store Books, Signed Copies, Pre-Order Titles (January 21, 2020)
Content related to the education session, IndieCommerce Institute - IndieCommerce Seminar - Store Books, Signed Copies, Pre-Order Titles Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Technology

Pre-registration required; $59 fee per person; space is limited; attendance at Winter Institute is not required. Registration is closed. The IndieCommerce Institute is an interactive, classroom-style workshop for users of ABA’s e-commerce platforms. IndieCommerce Institute 2020 will feature two seminars: an IndieCommerce seminar for members using our IndieCommerce platform and an IndieLite seminar for members using our IndieLite platform. Each seminar will include step-by-step instructions for the topics covered. Each participant will be assigned their own test site to use and follow along with during the seminars. See the complete IndieCommerce Seminar schedule here. Panelists: Chanthee Keokhaw, ABA (White Plains, NY), Scott Nafz, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Geetha Nathan, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Ryan Quinn, ABA (White Plains, NY) , Matt Supko, Augment Digital (Huntsville, AL)

Store Books, Signed Copies, Pre-Order Titles
Selling books unique to your store

 

 

Matt Supko

Watch video from this event.

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Contact

 

 

Copyright 2019 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement