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Industry Trends and Analytics

Industry Trends and Analytics (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Industry Trends and Analytics at Winter Institute 2019.
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Industry experts present a review of the most recent data on the U.S. book market with a deep-dive into the latest trends. There will be plenty of new insights to help attendees improve their business in the coming year.

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Lower Your Cost of Goods

Lower Your Cost of Goods (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Lower Your Cost of Goods at Winter Institute 2019.
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Increasing margin through better buying and careful budgeting can improve your cost of goods. This session will use data from ABA’s ABACUS report to outline a path to improvements in a store’s cost of goods, leading to improved financial decisions and substantial savings. The booksellers on this panel are excited to share straightforward financial practices that will make a big difference to the financial health of your business. In this session, booksellers will learn:

  • How to read the ABACUS report, including how to compare your data with national averages
  • How to make small changes to cost of goods that will result in a positive financial impact
  • How long it takes to see the results of small changes to cost of goods
  • How to evaluate which financial changes are the ones that will most benefit your business with the least worry and work
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Refugee Book Drive

Refugee Book Drive (January 22, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Refugee Book Drive at Winter Institute 2019.
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A Refugee Book Drive will be held during Wi14, beginning on Tuesday at the Welcome Desk, then moving to the Galley Room for the remainder of the Institute. Spanish-language books are being collected to benefit parents and children from Central America and Mexico. Organized by Denise Chávez (Casa Camino Real Bookstore, Las Cruces, NM) and administered by Border Servants Corps. Genres and subject suggestions are posted here on BookWeb.org. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their homes or their country, either because of war, economic or societal problems, their political or religious beliefs, or natural disaster.

Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan

Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan (January 3, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan.
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Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen

Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen (December 6, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen.
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Counterspeak is a free speech podcast hosted by Sydney Jarrard, ABA's Content Director; Dave Grogan, ABA's Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy; and Maria Peroni, ABA's Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator.

In this episode, ABFE talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU and author of Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, about her book and experiences as a defender of free speech.

The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily that of the American Booksellers Association or the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro

Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro (November 29, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro.
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Counterspeak is a free speech podcast hosted by Sydney Jarrard, ABA's Content Director; Dave Grogan, ABA's Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy; and Maria Peroni, ABA's Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator.

In this introductory episode, Dave explains what Counterspeak is all about.

The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily that of the American Booksellers Association or the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018

Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018 (October 21, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018 at Fall Regionals 2018.
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Maximizing Pre-Orders focuses on how indie bookstores can take full advantage of pre-order opportunities and boost their sales, PR, and market share. In this presentation, booksellers will also discover ways to successfully promote and sell pre-orders including new methods developed and tested by ABA’s Pre-Orders Task Force of indie stores.

Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar

Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar (October 3, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar at Fall Regionals 2018.
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The 101-level seminar, led by ABA CFO Robyn DesHotel and Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys in Zionsville, Indiana, covers the fundamentals of budgeting, understanding cash flow, business financing, bookkeeping, and financial statements. The seminar concentrates on bookstore finances as opposed to bookstore accounting and deep financial experience is not required.

 

You’ve Got Mail — Best Practices for Sending a Newsletter Customers Want to Read

You’ve Got Mail — Best Practices for Sending a Newsletter Customers Want to Read (June 20, 2018)
Content related to the education session, You’ve Got Mail — Best Practices for Sending a Newsletter Customers Want to Read at Children's Institute 2018.
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Newsletters are an easy and fun way to communicate to your customers what’s happening in your bookstore. Bookselling panelists who have mastered newsletter writing will dissect what makes a successful newsletter.

Panel: Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers; Broche Fabian, Quail Ridge Books; Jessica Palacios, Once Upon a Time

Beyond the Bookstore: The Bigger Bookselling Picture and How to Get Involved

Beyond the Bookstore: The Bigger Bookselling Picture and How to Get Involved (June 20, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Beyond the Bookstore: The Bigger Bookselling Picture and How to Get Involved at Children's Institute 2018.
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Launch your passion for bookselling into the stratosphere by taking the steps to become a heavy hitter in the independent bookselling world. There are many ways to get involved, and opportunities are always available. Hear from members and leaders of the independent regional bookseller associations, the ABA Board of Directors, the ABC Advisory Council, the ABA Bookseller Advisory Council, Indies Introduce panelists, and ABA Education Task Force members about the processes, commitment, and experiences booksellers can expect when they get involved outside the store.

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