The July 15–16 virtual event will feature sessions on representation in young adult and middle grade sci-fi and fantasy titles; an antiracism training with Cultures Connecting; a talk on store voice, online sales, and profitability; rep picks presentations; and more.
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.
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.
The Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership, a coalition of nine organizations (including ABA), is partnering with Lighthouse Insurance Group Solutions to provide members with a choice of health insurance options.
On June 11, hear from Angela Trigg of Haunted Bookshop, who has created a chatbot through which customers can place orders on the store’s website. On June 25, learn more about marketing your store to a school.
As the three siblings in The Second Home “struggle to untangle years of hurt, secrets, and betrayal, you ache for them to save their home and themselves,” said Maxwell Gregory of Lake Forest Book Store.
Libro.fm is offering Stamped From the Beginning for $4.99 for the month of June, promoting a discussion of the title All Boys Aren’t Blue by journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson, and more.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.