Fall Trade Shows and Education

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Each fall, the regional independent bookseller associations hold their annual trade shows. The American Booksellers Association exhibits at each show and typically presents one or more educational sessions that are open to all attendees. Booksellers register for the trade show directly with the regional association.

For 2019, the American Booksellers Association will present the education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success” at the fall regional trade shows. Because of the national growth of this successful program, ABA has agreed to take on the management of Independent Bookstore Day for 2020. This session will offer information on how to order and make the most of the exclusive event merchandise, how to organize and publicize your store’s party to bring people into your store, and how to strategically use social media to increase sales and community participation. The session is open to both members and non-members of ABA.

In addition, the IndieCommerce team is scheduling one-on-one sessions with participating stores attending the fall regional trade shows. To schedule a meeting, find your region below.

2019 Fall Regional Trade Shows

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
September 13–15, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at SIBA here.

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA)
September 20–21, Burlingame, California
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at NCIBA here.

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA)
September 27–28, San Gabriel, California

New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA)
October 2–4, Providence, Rhode Island
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at NEIBA here.

Heartland Fall Forum (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association/MIBA and Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association/GLIBA)
October 2–4, Cleveland, Ohio
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at the Heartland Fall Forum here.

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
October 6–8, Portland, Oregon
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at PNBA here.

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA)
October 10–12, Denver, Colorado
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at MPIBA here.

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA)
October 15–17, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Sign up for IndieCommerce one-on-one sessions at NAIBA here.

 

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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.

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