Next week, bookseller attendees at the American Booksellers Association’s 2021 Winter Institute are invited to check out the Expo area in the virtual event platform Hopin to meet with publishers, business partners, and ABA teams — and to have the chance to win $100.
The button for the Expo area is on the left-hand side of the screen in the Hopin platform. The Expo schedule is as follows:
- Publisher booths: Thursday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET
- Publisher and business partner booths: Friday, February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
- Business partner booths: Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET
In addition, publishers will be hosting a special open house event — featuring reps from more than 25 publishers in their Expo booths — on Thursday, February 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. ET.
In each booth, booksellers will have the option to watch an informational video or meet face-to-face with a representative; the booths also feature special offers and deals and a dedicated chat for that booth.
Booksellers: Visit as many Expo booths as possible on all three days of Wi16 to win one of 15 $100 AmEx gift cards. Chances are increased by either getting on screen or speaking with a rep through the booth chat. Five gift cards will be awarded each day and will be announced in the event chat throughout the day.
Note: Winners will be chosen at random by ABA. Booksellers can only win one gift card during the event. Gifts will be awarded post-Wi16.
In addition to publishers and ABA partners, the Expo area also features booths for ABA’s IndieCommerce team, which is also hosting one-on-one appointments in Google Meet, and ABA’s Advocacy team, who are available to talk with booksellers on Friday, February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, and on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET and 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Booksellers should also be sure to visit the Virtual Galley Room, which offers access to a page where publishers have made available a range of digital galleys and where booksellers can request print galleys.