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Headlines for the issue of August 5, 2020

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ABA’s Health Insurance Benefit Goes Live; Register for an Upcoming Webinar

The ABA/LIG webinar, to be held Wednesday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m. ET, will go over all program details and allow booksellers to ask questions.

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04 Aug
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Coalition of 11 Book Industry Associations Launch Official Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership

The BIHIP alliance with LIG Solutions aims to provide members from across the 11 associations with a choice of health insurance options.

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04 Aug

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Testifies Before House Antitrust Committee

In the aftermath of the hearing, attorneys general from California and New York are partnering with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s online marketplace. 

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04 Aug

Paycheck Protection Program Nears August 8 Deadline

The PPP loan can be forgiven in full if a business spends the funds on eligible expenses and meets employee retention requirements, like maintaining salary and hours and rehiring workers.

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05 Aug
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Bookstore Romance Day’s 2020 Event Schedule Now Live

Bookstore Romance Day will take place on Saturday, August 15; bookstores can still register for the event. 

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05 Aug

Order Independent Bookstore Day Masks by August 6

Five new mask designs are available, but they must be ordered by Thursday, August 6, to ensure delivery by Independent Bookstore Day, August 29.

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04 Aug

BIPOC Booksellers Invited to Join a Dedicated Coffee Break on August 6

The August 6 virtual forum, a non-hosted event without an ABA facilitator or staff person, is intended to offer a meeting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers.

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04 Aug

August 11 ABA Coffee Break to Focus on Current Wage and Labor Requirements

This Coffee Break has been programmed to focus on wage and labor requirements for bookstores as some states place COVID-19-related quarantine mandates on people entering from out-of-state.

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05 Aug
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Sign Up for Upcoming Marketing, Technology Meetups This Month

August’s meetups will focus on paid social media advertising, Crowdcast, and marketing romance books.

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05 Aug
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Bookstores Get Creative in Times of COVID

From themed online book clubs to outdoor events, here are just some of the ways bookstores are continuing to serve their communities in a fun, socially distant way.

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04 Aug

Nominations Closed for Black Booksellers to Join ABA Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee now begins its task of reviewing the nominees. In September, the committee will announce the two booksellers who have been appointed to the board.

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05 Aug

Binc Expands Staff in Response to Increased Grant Requests

Since the beginning of 2020, Binc has helped 556 families through hardship and emergency circumstances with more than $635,000 in assistance. 

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04 Aug

Book Collection Auction for Binc Begins August 7

Chuck and Dee Robinson, well-known booksellers long active in the industry, are offering a large collection of first-edition titles, advanced reading copies, and book ephemera.

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04 Aug
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BIPOC Bookseller Award Winners Announced

The winners are Serena Morales, a bookseller at Books Are Magic; Rosaura “Chawa” Magaña, co-owner of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore; and Hannah Oliver Depp, founder of Loyalty Bookstores.

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05 Aug

E-commerce Update: Another Increase in Online Traffic

After seeing average daily sales slowly decrease over the past month, this week’s sales revenue increased by 5.34 percent. 

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05 Aug
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Technology Meetup Recap: Zoom

Zoom for Dummies author Phil Simon provided his expert advice on the online meeting platform.

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04 Aug
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IndieCommunication: Credit Card Processing Webinar, Email Upgrades

The IndieCommerce team is offering a webinar on changes to the current credit card transaction process. In addition, a new email service provider should significantly reduce the instances of delayed emails to customers.

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04 Aug
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The September 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the September 2020 Indie Next List flier.

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04 Aug

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Ash Van Otterloo

Cattywampus has everything,” says Chelsea Bauer of Union Avenue Books. “Friendship, enemies, a very charming raccoon, magic, ancient family feuds, and zombies.”

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04 Aug

Libro.fm’s August Audiobook Bestseller List

The Monthly Audiobook Bestseller List is based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations participating in the Libro.fm audiobook program.

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