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We are booksellers and we salute your personal fashion sense and originality. So dress as you would at your store. For your well-being, we suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes. Please note that some booksellers like to dress up for the author reception, but overall this is a casual event. We advise dressing in layers as Convention Centers are often cold. If you plan on going to a publisher dinner, please check with the restaurant to see if they have any specific dress requirements.
Create an account and log in early to get the most out of the app
Stay on top of last-minute schedule changes and allow push notifications to get real-time alerts
Review the event schedule and session descriptions
Create personal agendas
Message fellow attendees
Share contact info
Explore a map of the Seattle Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Hotel (There will be a paper copy in your welcome bag too!)
Check out the list of attending authors
Fill out those ever-important session evaluations
Check the Welcome Bag for a Wi2023 journal from Ingram.
Listed on the bottom of the badge are table assignments for the Rep Picks Rotations and Bookseller to Bookseller discussion groups.
If you have pre-registered for a session, made an appointment, or have an assignment and find that you cannot keep that obligation, do your best to let the person who is waiting for you know. If all else fails, flag down an ABA team member or email email@example.com.
Plan to attend the Network and Connect meetup on Monday, February 20, at 4:30 pm at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Booksellers can meet fellow first-timers and get the scoop on how to best navigate Winter Institute.
ABA aims to provide an interesting mix of publishers for attendees to meet with during the Rep Picks Rotations. As a courtesy to Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors, booksellers are urged to remain for the entirety of the presentation. Rep Picks with Coffee will be at the Sheraton on Tuesday from 1:20 pm to 3:20 pm and Wednesday from 10:25 am to 12:25 pm, and the Publisher Rep Picks Breakfast Presentations will be on Thursday from 7:45 am to 9:05 am at the Seattle Convention Center.
What better way to spend the evening than with your bookseller colleagues over food and books! Place a store bookmark or note in the pages of your favorite book, wrap it, add an intriguing review on the wrapped cover, and bring it to this reception. Dinner options will be available.
Current publisher sponsors for this event include American Psychological Association, Arcadia Publishing, Catapult, Counterpoint Press, Europa Editions, HarperCollins, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Haymarket Books, Johns Hopkins University Press, Nimbus Publishing, Rare Bird, Soft Skull Press, Steerforth Press, University of Toronto Press, Verso Books, and World Editions.
With IndieCommerce: IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are ABA’s fully transactional, content-rich e-commerce platforms designed specifically for independent bookstore websites. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce, IndieLite, and IndieCommerce 2.0 are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Booksellers will be able to sign up for appointments starting Wednesday, January 18.
Note: Masks are required for IndieCommerce one-on-ones.
With Batch for Books: Batch for Books is a free tool to manage, keep track of invoices, and prepare payments to publishers. Make an appointment for a one-on-one, or drop by our table at the Vendor Showcase.
With Bookshop: Bookshop’s platform gives independent bookstores tools to compete online and financial support to help maintain their presence in local communities. Make an appointment for a one-on-one or drop by our table at the Vendor Showcase.
ABA’s PartnerShip benefit can help you save on shipping costs! Not taking advantage of this ABA benefit? Enroll before you go. PartnerShip will preload account numbers to speed up the process.
Bring pre-printed FedEx shipping labels to ease your way through the FedEx shipping desk.
Questions? Contact PartnerShip’s Harry Centa at 800-599-2902 x2242, or by email hcenta@PartnerShip.com.
According to Winter Institute bookseller veterans, the opportunity to meet fellow booksellers is one of the most valuable parts of the event. Don’t be shy! Introduce yourself and be ready to exchange contact information. Swap business cards with everyone you meet; for easy reference and recall later, make a note on the card about what was discussed.
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