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ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

 

In her inaugural letter to member booksellers, ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco looks at the future of indie bookselling and urges participation in the ABACUS survey, among other ABA programs.

09 Jul
Tegan Tigani

Face Out: ABA Board Member Tegan Tigani on Her Life Among Books

Queen Anne Book Company children’s book buyer Tegan Tigani, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a new Board member, and more.

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09 Jul

Chief Financial Officer Robyn DesHotel to Leave ABA in August

DesHotel will be leaving her position to join the National Co+op Grocers, a business services cooperative for retail cooperative grocery stores located throughout the United States. 

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10 Jul
Adam Silvera book jacket debut for Infinity Son

Indie Booksellers Simultaneously Reveal Cover for Adam Silvera’s “Infinity Son”

Dozens of indie booksellers unveiled the cover at 1:00 p.m. EDT this afternoon and encouraged customers to pre-order the title at their local store.

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09 Jul

Booksellers Aim to Bring Awareness to Indies on Amazon’s Prime Day

Green Apple Books has a number of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts planned for Prime Day; all indie booksellers are invited to adapt these posts for their own use.

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10 Jul

#BookstoresAgainstBorders Raises Over $80,000 for Migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border

Gretchen Treu, co-owner of A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, reached out to independent bookstores across the nation last month asking them to donate a percentage of their July 5–7 sales to RAICES.

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08 Jul
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Last Chance to Submit to the ABACUS Survey

The results of the ABACUS survey help booksellers identify areas that need improvement, areas in which their store is succeeding, and everything in between. Submissions are due July 12.

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10 Jul

Apply by July 15 for the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship

Nine scholarships will be awarded to booksellers from underrepresented groups to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and meals at a fall regional show.

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10 Jul

Get in the Running for a Holiday Bookstore Bonus From James Patterson

Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can all submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current indie bookstore employee of an ABA member store.

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10 Jul

BTW News Briefs

NCIBA launches new online marketplace website, considers merging with SCIBA; Amazon workers in Minnesota to strike; PRHPS to distribute America’s Test Kitchen Kids; Michael Zikha launches ZE Books; Hachette Audio offers deal at Libro.fm; Personnel changes at Gallery Publishing Group, Algonquin, William Morrow, Macmillan Children’s; George Washington Prize finalists announced; Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award winner announced

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08 Jul
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Technology Meetup Recap: Google Analytics and Your Store

“What I’m constantly surprised by is the amount of information about our website that is available right there at my fingertips and how customizable that information is,” said Jason Jefferies of Quail Ridge Books.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop With Glory Edim

At Children’s Institute, booksellers gathered to hear from Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and discuss ideas for fostering diversity and representation in stores and communities.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Buying & Selling — Subscription Boxes

At this session on subscription boxes, booksellers learned about best practices for marketing, inventory control, options for special services, how to select categories, fulfillment management, and order tracking.

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09 Jul

A Few Post-Children’s Institute Reminders

Booksellers who attended Ci7 are asked to fill out session evaluations and keep an eye out for an overall event survey coming soon; those who didn’t attend can watch BTW for education coverage.

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08 Jul
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July 11 Marketing Meetup to Look at “Catching the Romance Reader”

Bookseller speakers will share how they have delved into the world of romance through book clubs, pop-up shops, dreaming up annual celebration days, and generally being romance-friendly.

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08 Jul
August Indie Next List flier cover featuring The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The August 2019 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the August 2019 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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10 Jul

Margaret Rogerson on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Sorcery of Thorns”

“I hope readers walk away with the message that it’s more important to have an open mind and keep asking questions than it is to know all the answers,” Rogerson told BTW.

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08 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Claudia D. Hernández

Born and raised in Guatemala, Hernández immigrated to Los Angeles when she was 10; Knitting the Fog chronicles her journey to the United States with her mother and sisters.

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08 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rory Power

Jill Sweeney-Bosa of Water Street Bookstore calls Rory Power’s Wilder Girls “an absolute stunner.”

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10 Jul
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Around Indies

Book Dragon Shop opens; Book & Puppet Co. to add third location; BookBar debuts BookBike Mike; Left Bank Books, Bookmarks celebrate anniversaries; Moe’s Books, Texian Books, BookPeople in the news.

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