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Headlines for the issue of November 14, 2018

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Booksellers Give Back to Young Local Readers With “Ghost” Giveaway

Hundreds of bookstores are working with schools and community partners to donate special-edition copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost as part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign.

14 Nov
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ABA Responds to News of Amazon HQ2

In strongly worded letters to the governors of New York and Virginia, ABA protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to one of the world’s largest corporations.

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14 Nov
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Children’s Institute Scholarships Up for Grabs: Act Now

Booksellers who are interested in attending the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have until December 4 to submit their names for the opportunity to win a scholarship.

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13 Nov

Reminder: Fill Out ABA’s Brief Survey on Health Insurance Needs

On Wednesday, November 7, stores received an e-mail with a link to a survey seeking bookseller input about group health insurance options; responses are due Monday, November 19.

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13 Nov

Join Colleagues for a Post-Winter Institute Ski Trip

ABA is inviting booksellers to sign up now to join their colleagues for a ski trip on Saturday, January 26, immediately following Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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14 Nov

Cancel Your Winter Institute Registration by November 16 to Receive a Refund

Registered booksellers who are no longer able to attend are asked to notify ABA as soon as possible so waiting booksellers can be offered a chance to register. A full refund will be offered through this Friday, November 16.

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14 Nov

Sign Up for Advanced Education Sessions at Winter Institute

Sessions booksellers can sign up for include “Developing Leaders in Your Store, with Alden Mills,” which will feature an overview of strategies to help owners and managers nurture promising booksellers.

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13 Nov
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Ross Gay Praises Indies in Essay Penned for Small Business Saturday

In “The Laboratory: Delighting in Independent Bookstores,” poet and professor Ross Gay encourages people to visit their local independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday.

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14 Nov

Indies First “Ghost” Giveaway: Copies to Arrive at Bookstores This Week

Booksellers who signed up to participate in the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign should keep an eye out for their cartons of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost, which are en route now.

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14 Nov

This Indies First, Publishers’ Special Terms Offer Booksellers a Range of Deals

This year, 37 publishers and university presses are offering ABA member booksellers special terms for Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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13 Nov

Want to be Featured in BookWeb’s Bookstore Showcase?

A new section of ABA’s homepage profiles stores that are active on Instagram. Booksellers can submit their store for consideration by sending in three photos and a short description of their store.

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14 Nov

ABA to Collect Books at Winter Institute 14 for Refugees at the Southern U.S. Border

The new “Libros Para el Viaje/Books for the Journey” campaign will be collecting gently used books for individuals and families who have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border with nothing.

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14 Nov

More Booksellers Head to Winter Institute on Scholarships

A number of additional scholarships to the 2019 Winter Institute have been awarded to ABA member booksellers.

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14 Nov

ABACUS-17 Survey Results Delivered to Participating Bookstores

This week, bookstores that participated in the ABACUS-17 survey received an e-mail with information about how to access a report analyzing their 2017 financial results. 

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13 Nov

Constant Contact Rebates to be Sent to 150 Stores

An e-mail informing ABA member stores about their annual Constant Contact rebates was delivered on Friday, November 9.

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14 Nov
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Book Community Responds to California Wildfires

As three major wildfires continue to affect the state, individual bookstores and organizations like NCIBA and Binc want to make sure booksellers and others in California get the help they need. 

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14 Nov

Publishers Offer Rapid Replenishment Programs

Several publishers are once again offering expedited shipping to indie bookstores this holiday season and, in some cases, beyond. 

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12 Nov

Abrams Introduces New Backlist Sales Program for Indies

The offer applies to all books published before September 1, 2018, including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series backlist.

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13 Nov

Readers Take the #LoveYourBookstore Challenge on Social Media

Readers around the country are sharing their love for indies across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here are some of the highlights.

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15 Nov

2018 National Book Award Winners Announced

Winners in five categories, including the inaugural award for Translated Literature, were announced at the 69th annual National Book Awards on November 14 at a ceremony in New York City.

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14 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Consortium adds eight new clients; De Gruyter to distribute UC Press titles; Hachette reshuffling results in layoffs; Small Press United to distribute Black Spot; Personnel changes at Ecco, Quarto, Imagine That, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Arcadia; Business Book of the Year Award winner, PNBA Book Award shortlist announced

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13 Nov
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Making the Most of Co-op Advertising

Guest speakers Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore, Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books, and Gwyn Ridenhour of Matchbook Marketing discussed how they manage publisher co-op funds.

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14 Nov
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Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Asking Authors to Link to Indies

Sue Roegge of Chapter2Books shared some tips on how to ask authors to link their books to IndieBound instead of Amazon.

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13 Nov

Learn About “The Principles of Bookstore Finance” Now

Booksellers who attended any of ABA’s finance seminars or accessed the presentation online are asked to let us know if they have successfully put any of the session’s tips or tricks into practice.

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12 Nov
Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan on Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Girls of Paper and Fire”

Girls of Paper and Fire, like its dauntless heroine, is destined for greatness,” said Kiersten Acker of Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

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14 Nov

Third Place Hosts Congresswoman Jayapal and Other Ways to Create Connections With Elected Officials

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar offers a few best practices for booksellers looking to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their local and state elected officials.

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14 Nov

Around Indies

Old Town Books, Barbara’s Bookstore scheduled to open; Powell’s celebrates anniversary at PDX; Source Booksellers awarded $10,000; Village Books remodeled; Watching Books and da Pepo announce partnership; Wild Geese Bookshop, Cavalier House Books featured in news; Toadstool Bookshops prepare for Cider Monday; {pages} a bookstore launches book club; Staff changes at Bookshop Santa Cruz

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