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Headlines for the issue of September 19, 2018

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Publishers Offer Array of Specials for Indies First

ABA member stores can take advantage of more than 30 publisher specials on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles in celebration of the sixth annual Indies First on November 24.

19 Sep
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Jason Reynolds to Kick Off “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” Campaign at Miami Book Fair

Over the course of several days, Reynolds will participate in school presentations across Miami, where he will address 600 students, most from Title I schools.

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19 Sep

Winter Institute 14 Registration Now Full

Booksellers can fill out the registration form on BookWeb to add their names to the waitlist; booksellers will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if spots become available for the event.

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19 Sep

Scholarship Application Process Opens for 2019 ABC Children’s Institute

Booksellers at stores that did not have an ABC Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2017 or 2018 can now apply for a scholarship to the 2019 Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh.

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19 Sep

ABA Heads to New England, Pacific Northwest Trade Shows

Attending booksellers can participate in an education session on maximizing pre-order campaigns, meet one-on-one with IndieCommerce staff, and enter to win a Winter Institute scholarship.

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19 Sep
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ABA Membership Department Offers Plentiful Resources for Prospective Bookstore Owners

In the past year, 83 potential store owners from more than 20 states have signed up as provisional members with ABA, a popular membership option for people looking to open a bookstore.

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14 Sep

ABA Board Nomination Process Underway

A nominee for the Board of Directors must be a current owner or employee of an ABA member independent bookstore and have at least three years of recent experience as owner or employee.

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19 Sep

September 20 Virtual Marketing Roundtable to Focus on Membership Subscriptions

The virtual marketing roundtable on membership subscriptions, part of a series of educational roundtables held every other Thursday, will feature three bookseller panelists.

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18 Sep

ABA Governance Review Committee Seeks Bookseller Input

As part of the association’s periodic assessment process, ABA’s Governance Review Committee is inviting booksellers to participate in a survey.

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19 Sep
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Kickstarter Offers Platform for Indie Bookstores to Partner With Publishers on Pre-Order Campaigns

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is encouraging independent bookstores to reach out if they are interested in partnering with publishers and authors to handle fulfillment for pre-order campaigns.

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17 Sep
13 Sep

Macmillan to Offer Expedited Holiday Shipping for Independent Booksellers

Once again, Macmillan Publishers will offer expedited shipping for indie bookstore reorders placed between November 9, 2018, and January 15, 2019.

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14 Sep

Two Weeks Left to Nominate a Bookseller for James Patterson’s Holiday Bonus Program

“Receiving a holiday bonus from James Patterson made me feel like my contributions are valued,” said Buffy Cummins, a bookseller at Second Star to the Right Children’s Books and a 2017 recipient.

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17 Sep

Binc Offers Tips on Preparing for Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is sharing how it can help if disaster strikes.

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17 Sep

2018 National Book Awards Longlists Revealed

This year, the National Book Awards honor a new, fifth category: Translated Literature.

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14 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 4.9 percent in July 2018 compared to July 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of September 12, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up approximately 5 percent over 2017.

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19 Sep

BTW News Briefs

FedEx waiving residential surcharges this holiday season; Binc’s Bank on Booksellers raises $21,723; Ed Several to leave Reed; PW Star Watch winners named; B&N opens another concept store; Baker & Taylor signs new sales and distribution clients; Macmillan to distribute Sounds True; Beacon renews distribution agreement with PRH; Kaplan to acquire Barron’s; Staff changes at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Chronicle Books, University Press Group, Sourcebooks, DK; Print book sales trending up, NPD says; Business Book of the Year shortlist announced; Conroy Legacy Award, Literarian Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners announced

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19 Sep
ILSR Report: Amazon's Next Frontier

ILSR Report Convinces Local Government to Stop Buying From Amazon

Gayle Shanks of Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore was able to persuade Tempe’s local government not to renew its purchasing contract from Amazon and to support independent businesses instead.

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19 Sep

Boston City Councilors Propose Legislation to Protect Local Economy

The policy would recognize chain stores as a distinct land use and would require a conditional use permit for such businesses to open and operate in a neighborhood business district.

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19 Sep

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2018 With New Handbook

The new Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook will help booksellers prepare for the weeklong celebration, which kicks off this Sunday, September 23.

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18 Sep
Leif Enger

A Q&A With Leif Enger, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Mark Nichols of Bank Square Books calls Virgil Wander, the first novel in 10 years by Leif Enger, “a perfect remedy for those whose hearts ache from our present reality.”

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19 Sep

The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

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18 Sep
Table at Johns Creek Books & Gifts

Johns Creek Books Offers Carefully Curated Selection

Johns Creek Books and Gifts, a new bookstore in Johns Creek, Georgia, fosters a literary community through book clubs and author events. 

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19 Sep

Around Indies

Bronx River Books opens; Union Ave Books to expand; Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore and Newtonville Books celebrate anniversaries; The Ripped Bodice signs deal with Sony Pictures TV; and more.

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