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Vote for 2019 Indies Choice Book Award, E.B. White Read-Aloud Winners by April 24

ABA member booksellers can go online and vote for their favorite titles from finalists chosen by a jury of booksellers until Wednesday, April 24.

15 Apr
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BookExpo Reminder: Register Now for All ABA Programming

Booksellers can register now for all ABA programming at BookExpo 2019, which includes Meet the Editor, Publicists Speed Dating, the Children’s Book Art Silent Auction, the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea, and more.

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16 Apr

Registration Ongoing for Bookstore Tours, Quidditch Match at Children’s Institute

Booksellers and publishers attending the seventh ABC Children’s Institute can register now for full-day or half-day bookstore tours or to participate in a quidditch match.

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15 Apr

January–March 2019: ABA Members Opened/Sold

The year-to-date’s openings include a bilingual bookstore and community space, the signature bookstore for a literature nonprofit, new branches of established bookstores, and more.

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15 Apr

Action Item: Vote in ABA’s Board of Directors Election by April 30

The nominees for four director spots are Jenny Cohen, Bradley Graham, Kris Kleindienst, and Chris Morrow, as well as Jamie Fiocco for president. Ballots for the 2019 elections are due April 30.

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16 Apr

Update Your Store Information on BookWeb

ABA member stores can update their general store information, e-mail recipient preferences, and buyer contact details by clicking under the “Update Store Data” heading in BookWeb.org’s “For Booksellers” menu.

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15 Apr
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Sales of “The Big Disruption” to Benefit Binc

Former Google executive Jessica Powell, author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, is donating her share of print proceeds to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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17 Apr

Independent Bookstore Day Merchandise on Its Way to Stores

Shipments of exclusive, literary-themed merchandise began this week and will arrive at participating stores in time for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27.

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16 Apr

Cape & Islands Bookstore Trail to Launch on April 27

Beginning this Independent Bookstore Day, readers are invited to visit 20 bookstores across Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket as part of an event organized by Massachusetts booksellers.

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17 Apr

BTW News Briefs

New ALA president elected; Independent Booksellers Consortium, Association of Writers and Writing Programs name new executive directors; KidLit TV partners with CBC, Every Child a Reader; WNBA launches national membership; S&S to distribute Tra Publishing, launch Tiller Press; TDH announces Nightfire imprint; Personnel changes at HarperOne, HMH; Pulitzer Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, WNBA Award, Aspen Words Literary Prize, Reading the West Book Award winners announced; Young Lions Fiction Award, Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

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16 Apr
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Influencer Marketing

The latest Marketing Meetup hosted by ABA covered the different ways booksellers can market their stores by partnering with local and global social media influencers.

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15 Apr

Sign Up for April 25 Marketing Meetup

Guest speakers will discuss their respective local author education, marketing, and event programs at ABA’s next meetup.

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15 Apr
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IndieCommunication: Live Demo, One-on-Ones, and More

The most recent IndieCommunication invites booksellers to offer loyalty programs and gift registries to online customers, to sign up for meetings with IndieCommerce staff, and to try out two new site themes.

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16 Apr
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

A Q&A With Sarah Blake, Author of May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Sarah Blake has written a stunning and complex novel that lingers in your mind long after the last page,” said Dana Brigham of Brookline Booksmith about The Guest Book.

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15 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Kip Wilson

Jen Pino of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California, said Wilson’s debut YA novel, White Rose, “will leave readers in chills.”

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17 Apr

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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16 Apr
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Eco-Conscious Efforts in Effect at Independent Bookstores From Coast to Coast

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22, booksellers shared the ways indie bookstores can incorporate green practices and policies into their stores year-round. 

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16 Apr

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Indie Next List Titles

“It’s easy to forget how intimidating a bookstore can be for some customers,” said Kerry Halls of Auntie’s Bookstore. “Displays provide a really friendly access point for people who maybe don’t have the time or energy to get lost in the stacks.”

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16 Apr

Ten Years On, Just the Right Book Continues Delighting Customers

Here, R.J. Julia Booksellers founder Roxanne Coady shares the history of book subscription service Just The Right Book, along with a humorous bit of customer feedback.

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17 Apr

Around Indies

Epilogue, Reads & Company, Madison Books to open; Second Star to the Right to expand; An Unlikely Story, Bookmarks, Trident, The Silver Unicorn, Gibson’s, EyeSeeMe, Lavender’s Bleu, Book Culture, Birchbark, Fenton’s Open Book, Powell’s featured in local news; Little City Books hosts Hoboken Literary Weekend

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