Due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the American Booksellers Association’s April Box mailing has been cancelled. Monthly box mailings will resume in May, and ABA will be collecting alternate shipping addresses for closed stores.
As temporary store closings and modified business hours have made it difficult or impossible for some stores to accept shipments, publishers have reached out to ask how they can still get ARCs and galleys into booksellers’ hands.
Booksellers can now opt-in to share their email address with publishers, indicating that they would like opportunities to receive digital and/or physical galleys and ARCs, potentially sent to their home address if their store is not accepting shipments. Booksellers from active ABA member stores will need to log in to BookWeb.org to sign up. (Don’t have an account? Create one here.) Publishers can learn more and get started here.
Booksellers can also sign up for Netgalley’s digital white box here.
The Indie Next List nomination and production schedule will proceed as planned; the next nomination deadline, for the June Indie Next List, is March 30. See the full list of deadlines here.
Booksellers can visit the dedicated Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers page on BookWeb to find critical information about immediate steps to take; support being offered by publishers, wholesalers, and vendors; ABA’s initiatives during the outbreak; opportunities for financial assistance; and more.
Booksellers are also invited to join an open forum to discuss their questions and concerns and share support and ideas about the COVID-19 outbreak with colleagues. The “COVID-19 Open Forum” meetings will be held via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. Join the Zoom calls here; the meeting ID is 749 778 583. ABA’s membership team will moderate the forum.