The American Booksellers Association has launched the content for the 2019 Winter Institute app, which aims to enhance the experience for booksellers, publishers and sponsors, speakers, and guests attending the January 22–25 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Winter Institute event is part of the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub app, which is free and available through the App Store or Google Play for Apple or Android devices.
Once the app is installed, Winter Institute 14 attendees should look for an icon of a compass on their devices; inside the app, search for “Winter Institute.”
Attendees can use the app to access the Winter Institute schedule along with full session descriptions; create customized agendas by adding individual events to their personal schedule; message fellow attendees; view keynote speakers as well as the list of attending authors; view all sponsors and Consultation Station vendors; and explore maps of the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The app will also be the primary means for booksellers to submit feedback following each session. All booksellers are encouraged to fill out session evaluations to help ABA with planning future programming.
In addition, ABA will use the app to issue real-time alerts in order to disseminate late-breaking news or schedule changes, so users should allow for push notifications; important changes and news will also be listed within the app.
Wi14 attendees will need to create accounts in the app to access all of the app’s features; the “Using This App” guide provides details on how to log in and other useful instructions.
The app is available for Apple devices (minimum operating system iOS 10) or Android devices that have access to the Google Play Store (minimum operating system 6.0).
App content is also visible in a web version using the following Internet browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 11, and Edge. Once users log in, their personal schedules can be synced across multiple devices.
Questions about the app should be sent to Director of ABA Technology Greg Galloway.