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Headlines for the issue of October 17, 2018

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Tune in to The Great American Read Series Finale on October 23

America’s Best-Loved Novel will be announced during the October 23 series finale of The Great American Read; the deadline to vote is Thursday, October 18, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

17 Oct
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Bookseller Nominations Wanted for ABA Board of Directors Election

“If you know a smart, engaged, passionate bookseller, please, by all means, nominate them. But if you are that bookseller, don’t wait for an invitation. Nominate yourself,” said ABA President Robert Sindelar.

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16 Oct

Booksellers, Watch Your Inboxes for 2019 Winter Institute Education Survey

The survey, which will be sent to all registered attendees, will help ABA gauge interest in education sessions being planned for the upcoming event. Booksellers should respond by Wednesday, October 24.

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16 Oct

Last Call for Sign-Ups: 30-Minute Demo on Navigating the New BookScan

Booksellers have one more chance to learn about how to access and interpret the insight offered through the new NPD BookScan.

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17 Oct

Sign Up for October 25 Virtual Marketing Roundtable on Membership Programs

As part of the video conference, three indie booksellers will discuss the pros and cons of bookstore loyalty or frequent buyer programs.

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17 Oct
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October 29 Deadline to Sign Up to Take Advantage of Special Offers on Indies Introduce Debuts

Stores should sign up now to gain access to special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 children’s debuts selected as part of the Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce program.

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16 Oct

Sign Up for ABA’s Webinar on ADA Compliance for IndieCommerce, IndieLite Websites

In a new ABA webinar on Americans With Disabilities Act website compliance, booksellers will learn how to apply federal Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to their websites.

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17 Oct

Visit ABA at the Southern California Trade Show

Attending booksellers can participate in an education session on maximizing pre-order campaigns, enter to win a Winter Institute scholarship, and say hi to ABA staff.

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16 Oct
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The 2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Arrives in Stores

Booksellers have the opportunity to supplement their catalog supplies with extra stock and to add a digital version of the catalog to their websites.

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16 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 1 percent in August 2018 compared to August 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of October 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up just over five percent over 2017.

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17 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Follett and Kwame Alexander launch All Books for All Kids; AUPresses becomes IPA associate member; #TurnItUp chosen as 2018 University Press Week theme; PEN America files suit against Trump; FX to develop Her Body and Other Parties for TV; Jonathan Merkh forms Forefront Books; Personnel changes at S&S, Atria; Man Booker winner, New Academy Prize winner, Thurber Prize finalists announced

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16 Oct
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ABA Submits Comments to FTC on Amazon’s Predatory Practices

ABA’s comments explore how Amazon has exploited its dual roles as both a marketplace platform and a retailer to inhibit competition.

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16 Oct

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation to Hold Largest Corporations Accountable

Warren takes issue with “shareholder value maximization,” in which a company’s primary goal is to increase the wealth of its shareholders. 

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16 Oct
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Board Games Offer Boost in Sales for Indie Bookstores

Here, booksellers discuss the benefits of selling board games. Booksellers who are registered for Winter Institute 2019 who can offer their experiences for an education panel on the topic should let ABA know now.

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16 Oct

Booksellers Overcoming Disaster

Here, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and LIBRIS insurance encourage booksellers to review a disaster checklist created to help stores and staff be prepared for disasters natural or otherwise.

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17 Oct
The space for Wishing Tree Books in Spokane, Washington

Wishing Tree Books to Bring Inclusive Space to Spokane, Washington

Longtime bookseller Janelle Smith is opening her own store in April. Wishing Tree’s goal, she said, “is to connect through stories and to create compassion and understanding.”

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17 Oct

Around Indies

Harvey’s Tales, Turn the Page, The Book Bungalow open; Ferguson Books to open second location; Country Bookshop, Third Place celebrate anniversaries; Local news features interviews with Astoria Bookshop, Inklings Bookshop staff; Architectural Digest names best indie stores in each state; Hoodline highlights top bookstores in Denver, Cambridge

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