ABA to Present Two Virtual Education Sessions on Sales and Bestseller Reporting

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This fall during the regional trade shows, the American Booksellers Association will present a new education session focusing on how indie bookstores can report their online and in-store sales and bestsellers.

Why Sales and Bestseller List Reporting Is Vital in 2020,” a virtual presentation, will look at the increase of online sales in the indie channel this year and why it has become more important than ever to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists and the New York Times bestseller lists, which are vital to showing the extent of the indie reach.

The session will be presented twice; booksellers from all regions are invited to join either presentation:

  • Tuesday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, October 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Booksellers can sign up now. The deadline to register is September 25.

The first half of the event will look at what reporting means, how to report, and what to report. Afterward, booksellers will join breakout groups based on their POS vendor to talk with fellow booksellers about how best to report through their system. 

Booksellers can break out into groups to discuss the following POS systems: IBID, IBID/ie, Anthology, Basil, Bookmanager, Booklog, Wordstock, Square, and iMRCHNT.

In addition, the IndieCommerce team will be presenting an education session during the fall regional shows, where booksellers can learn about new features on the IndieCommerce and IndieLite ecommerce platforms. In preparation for the upcoming holiday shopping season, the IndieCommerce team will provide an overview of the new features, including Bulk Order Processing, Credit Card Processing, Custom Reports, POS integration, Sidelines, Wish Lists/Gift Registry, and more. See date and time details below, as well as notes on how to register (no sessions will be offered at Heartland or PNBA).

This year, each regional association elected to hold its trade show virtually. The 2020 fall regional trade show schedule is as follows:

Heartland Fall Forum (Midwest Independent Booksellers Association/MIBA and Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association/GLIBA)

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA)
September 21–25
IndieCommerce Education: Monday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (Sign up with ABA)

New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA)
September 21–25
IndieCommerce Education: Thursday, September 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (Sign up through the regional association)

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
September 29–October 2

California Independent Booksellers Association (CALIBA)
October 5–7
IndieCommerce Education: Monday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT (Sign up with ABA)

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA)
October 8–10
IndieCommerce Education: Saturday, October 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT (Sign up through the regional association)