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Headlines for the issue of May 27, 2020

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Author Isaac Fitzgerald to Present Keynote at Virtual Children’s Institute

Fitzgerald is the indie bookstore champion who hosted a young adult tweet-a-thon and produced a YouTube video to urge support of #SaveIndieBookstores during the COVID-19 crisis.

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27 May
ABA Coffee Break

Talk With Colleagues at the Next ABA Coffee Break

With a new schedule launching in June, this regular live forum offers booksellers the opportunity to talk with one another about any bookselling-related topics.

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27 May
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Hear About Upcoming Debut Titles at the June 4 Indies Introduce Presentation

Indies Introduce bookseller panelists and debut authors will take part in a special virtual event to present the adult titles chosen for the Summer/Fall 2020 program.

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26 May
Save the date: ABA Town Hall & Annual Meeting June 11

Join the ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall on June 11

Booksellers will be emailed a link to join the presentation; publishers will have the opportunity to watch the event via livestream.

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27 May
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“Stamped” Virtual Book Club Extended

The popular book club will now meet through June 3 to discuss Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning.

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27 May
Amazon's Negative Impact to Your Community

Redesigned Shop Local Infographics Now Available in BookWeb’s Marketing Assets

To encourage local shopping, ABA has refreshed three popular marketing materials: “Here’s What You Just Did,” “Here’s What Amazon Just Did,” and “Amazon’s Negative Impact to Your Community.”

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27 May

Two New Employees Join the ABA IndieCommerce Team

Finnegan Butterfield and Murray Sampson, who have been hired as IndieCommerce Customer Support Specialists, come to ABA with bookselling experience.

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27 May
#ReadIndieForward

Bookstores, Industry Professionals Promote #ReadIndieForward

#ReadIndieForward is a pay-it-forward campaign that encourages readers to support indie bookstores by gifting books to friends and family. 

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27 May

Publishers Invited to Submit Titles, Cover Image for Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, the ABC Children’s Group has opted to produce this year’s catalog as a digital version, which will be available for stores to download in October. 

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27 May

FedEx Launches #SupportSmall Grants Program

Through the program, 200 grantees will receive a $5,000 check as well as a $500 credit for FedEx Office print and business services to help support their small business.

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27 May

Small Press Profile: Turtle Point Press

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the press still upholds its founding mission to publish forgotten literary gems and unique and eminently readable contemporary literary writers.

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27 May

E-commerce Update: Website Traffic, Conversion Rates See Slow Decline

Conversion rates on bookstore websites are still extremely high, notes the IndieCommerce team, so booksellers should take advantage of this by encouraging customers to shop online.

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27 May
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ABA Board Member Chris Morrow Speaks at House Small Business Committee Forum about Business Interruption Coverage

“My claims for both stores were rejected, citing language in the policies. There were virus exclusions and the need for physical harm to the buildings,” said Morrow, who filed claims with two different insurers as a result of COVID-19.

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27 May

ABFE Signs Letters in Support of PATRIOT Act Reforms

A privacy amendment prohibits the use of Section 215 for warrantless surveillance of people’s internet search and browsing history. 

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27 May

Paycheck Protection Program: Quick Update on Payroll Costs, New MBAs Fight COVID Initiative

As long as an employee’s total compensation is less than $100,000 annually, bonuses and hazard pay are eligible for loan forgiveness because they are considered a supplement to salary or wages.

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27 May

Alaska School Board Votes to Rescind Book Removal

The board meeting drew members of the community protesting outside and holding signs saying, “I read banned books.”

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27 May
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A Look at Fundraising Platforms for Small Businesses

Booksellers should be aware of costs and fees associated with running a campaign, built-in tools each service offers, available reports and analytics, and more.

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27 May

Join ABA’s Upcoming Marketing, Technology Meetups

The June 4 Marketing Meetup will look at customer retention, while the June 11 Technology Meetup will feature a bookseller who has created a chatbot to take e-commerce orders.

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27 May
Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Loriel Ryon

Riley Jay Davis of Next Chapter Booksellers said Ryon’s Into the Tall, Tall Grass has “got it all,” including queer characters, STEM, magic, frenemies, legends, and mysteries.

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27 May

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Libro.fm is inviting booksellers to share their COVID-related stories, join in promoting an audiobook bingo challenge, and check out an interview with author Celeste Ng.

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