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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 Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

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.

Brian O'Leary, Book Industry Study Group (New York, NY); Allison Risbridger, NPD Group, Inc. (New York, NY); Michael Becher, Industry Insights (Dublin, OH)

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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 Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • 101
  • ABACUS

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

Melissa DeMotte, The Well-Read Moose (Coeur d'Alene, ID); Nicole Magistro, Bookworm of Edwards (Edwards, CO); Kate Schlademan, Learned Owl Book Shop (Hudson, OH); Robyn DesHotel, ABA (White Plains, NY)

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Refugee Book Drive

Refugee Book Drive (January 22, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Refugee Book Drive Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Handselling

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 .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:  None

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 .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:  None

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 .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:  None

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 Fall Regionals 2018.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

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 Fall Regionals 2018.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:  None

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.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business

Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business Winter Institute 2018.
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Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:  None

When your business is hit by a disaster, you need to know you are prepared. Whether you are dealing with floods or fire or other disaster, your business survival will depend on having a solid emergency plan in place and a resilient and adaptable business model. Booksellers who have experienced disaster in their store and community will share best practices, and local and national FEMA and emergency preparedness experts will share tips that will help businesses survive and rebound.

John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books (Denham Springs, LA); Philip Strouse, FEMA Region IV External Affairs; Pamela French, Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI); Moderated by Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)

Courting the Romance Reader

Courting the Romance Reader (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Courting the Romance Reader Winter Institute 2018.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Genre

The romance genre has one of the highest shares of fiction sales in the U.S. market at 23 percent (NPD Book 2016). Now is the time to take a closer look at marketing and selling this dynamic genre. In this session, bookseller and publisher panelists will discuss best practices for developing a successful relationship with the romance reader as well as tips for marketing this genre in a general bookstore.

Pamela Jaffee, HarperCollins Publishers (New York, NY); Heidi Weiland, Sourcebooks, Inc (Naperville, IL); Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books (McMinnville, OR); Rachel Person, Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga Springs, NY), Moderated by Christine Onorati, WORD Bookstores (Brooklyn, NY/Jersey City, NJ)

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