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Headlines for the issue of August 21, 2019

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Registration timeline for Winter Institute 2020

Winter Institute Registration to Open September 18

The countdown to Winter Institute registration is underway, and booksellers and publishers planning to attend should mark their calendars with these important dates.

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21 Aug

NCIBA Discovery Show to Feature ABA Education Session on Independent Bookstore Day

The American Booksellers Association will present the education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success” at the September 20–20 NCIBA Discovery Show in Burlingame, California.

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21 Aug

Revisit Children’s Institute With This Roundup of BTW’s Coverage

For booksellers who attended the event and for those who did not, here are links to all of the articles that BTW has published on Children’s Institute education sessions, plus a link to session videos.

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21 Aug

ABA’s August 22 Marketing Meetup to Focus on Holiday Marketing

Attendees will hear from fellow booksellers about when they start planning for the holiday shopping season, how they decide which books and gifts to promote, what platforms they use, and more.

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20 Aug

Indie Booksellers Nationwide Celebrate Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day

Take a look at how booksellers around the country marked Bookstore Romance Day on Saturday, August 17.

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21 Aug

Politics & Prose Returns as Official Bookseller for 2019 National Book Festival

The co-owner of Politics & Prose, Bradley Graham, recently spoke with BTW about what the store does every year in its role as the official bookseller for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

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21 Aug

Indie Booksellers Unveil Cover for Eoin Colfer’s “Highfire”

Dozens of indie booksellers unveiled the cover at noon EDT this afternoon and encouraged customers to pre-order the title at their local store.

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20 Aug

NCIBA Debuts Indie Bookseller Maker Marketplace

“People are excited to be posting their wares and, hopefully, there are bookstores out there who are excited to order these things in,” said NCIBA Operations Manager Ann Seaton.

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20 Aug

Macmillan/Henry Holt Launches Campaign for Elton John’s “Me” to Benefit Binc

Macmillan/Henry Holt will donate up to $5,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in celebration of the forthcoming publication of Elton John’s memoir Me.

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20 Aug

Binc’s Fifth “Bookseller Stories” Newsletter: “One Bad Thing After Another”

The fifth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for financial help after suffering numerous consecutive hardships.

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21 Aug

New Round of Panorama Picks Announced

The Panorama Picks program provides booksellers with localized, curated lists of books that library patrons are waiting to borrow.

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21 Aug

BTW News Briefs

NYT article claims counterfeit books proliferate at Amazon; State attorneys general prepare antitrust investigation; Arcadia completes Pelican acquisition, director of sales to scale down role; Skyhorse and Start partner for new crime imprint; Lonely Planet to transfer sales and distribution to Hachette; President Obama releases summer reading list; Personnel changes at University of Pennsylvania Press, Knopf, Chronicle Books; Kirkus Prize judges announced; Hugo Award, American Book Award, NAIBA Legacy Award winners announced

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15 Aug

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in June

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in June 2019 compared to June 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of August 14, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.49 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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21 Aug

Spotlight on ABA History: “More Than Merchants: Seventy-Five Years of the ABA”

This excerpt discusses ABA’s operations during the Depression and World War II, among other topics.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association should keep an eye out for it in their August Box mailing.

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19 Aug

IndieCommunication: Pre-order Badges, One-on-Ones, Contact Updates, and a New Feature

Here, the IndieCommerce team shares updates about pre-order badges for book webpages, planned visits to the regional trade shows, and a new feature, plus a request to ensure store contact information is up to date.

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21 Aug

A Q&A With William Kent Krueger, Author of September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Epic, thrilling, and beautifully written, this is storytelling at its very best,” said The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn’s Renee Barker about This Tender Land.

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21 Aug

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works 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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21 Aug

The Furry Faces of Bookselling: Volume IV

Bookselling This Week once again offers a roundup of the dogs, cats, and other creatures that make indie bookstores their homes.

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21 Aug

Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Launches the Bookstormer Foundation

As booksellers, said Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Books, “our biggest job is that kids feel like they’re recognized and respected and welcomed in bookstores, whoever they are.”

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21 Aug

Around Indies

Sidekick to open; Palabras celebrates four years; Books Inc. remodels; Bookmarks recognized by school librarians; Half Price to be exclusive retailer for Mary Kay on People Management; Books Are Magic to sell “Melt the Guns” totes; Carmichael’s, The Open Door, Vintage, Weller Book Works, BookBar, Tattered Cover, Boulder, Book Soup, The Last Bookstore, Skylight, Vroman’s featured in local news. 

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