Diversity & Inclusion

01 Jul

E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Remains Strong

In addition to a consistent conversion rate over the past week, stores that are open to customers on the weekends have reported an increase in in-store sales on Saturdays and Sundays.

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01 Jul

ABA Schedules Coffee Break for BIPOC Booksellers

The July 2 virtual forum, a non-hosted event without an ABA facilitator or staff person, is intended to offer a meeting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers.

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30 Jun

Publishers Join in to Sponsor White Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Children’s Institute

This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for white people to learn together. 

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30 Jun
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

Duende District, The Word Launch BIPOC Bookseller Award

All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

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29 Jun

Binc Announces Seven Winners of 2020 Higher Education Scholarships

Six $3,500 scholarships were awarded to dependents of booksellers, and one $5,000 scholarship went to a current indie bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non‐traditional student.

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24 Jun

E-commerce Update: Sales Trend Downward After Rush for Antiracism Titles

The drop in the conversion rate as well as the simultaneous drop in traffic may indicate that another shift in consumer behavior is occurring.

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24 Jun

Virtual Children’s Institute to Feature ASL Interpretation

Handwriter Ink will be providing American Sign Language interpreting services for a number of events at Ci8, sponsored in part by Libro.fm.

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23 Jun
A display at R.J. Julia Booksellers

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Pride Online

From book lists and displays to virtual events and throwbacks to last year's Pride, here are some of the ways indie bookstores are celebrating this year.

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23 Jun
Children's Institute logo on laptop

Get on the Waitlist for the White Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Children’s Institute

This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for white people to learn together. 

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17 Jun
Annual Meeting and Town Hall

Booksellers Comment on Diversity, Finances, Healthcare, and More at Town Hall

On Thursday, June 11, the American Booksellers Association hosted a virtual version of its Town Hall, where booksellers were invited to share their thoughts about the association and the book industry at large.

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17 Jun

E-commerce Update: Sales Slide After Rush for Antiracism Titles

Much of the traffic increase from two weeks ago was driven by first-time customers who were referred from Google searches to bookstores that were selling antiracism titles. 

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17 Jun
Juneteenth

Indie Booksellers Mark Juneteenth

Bookstores across the country are sharing social media posts and hosting virtual events to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 19.

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10 Jun

Publishers Share Book Lists for Talking About Race, Diversity, and Antiracism

In response to the renewed Black Lives Matter movement and the surge in sales of antiracism books, publishers have created a number of book lists on Edelweiss that feature the topics of diversity, race, antiracism, and more.

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10 Jun

ABFE Signs Statement Supporting Free Press in a Time of Crisis

“It is important to recognize the courage of the journalists who are under attack as they cover the national protest against police violence and racial inequality,” the letter states.

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10 Jun
Three top-selling antiracism titles:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, How to Be an Antiracist, and So You Want to Talk About Race

Top 50 Titles Selling on IndieCommerce Sites: Antiracism Leads the Chart

As publishers return to print for out-of-stock titles, booksellers have the advantage of hand-selling (whether in-person, by phone, or by email) alternative titles to customers in search of works that have sold out.

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