BTW - Week of April 14, 2021

14 Apr

Revamped Bookselling This Week to Debut on April 20

Starting next week, Bookselling This Week will arrive on Tuesdays and Fridays at about noon ET. The new version will feature concise information in two categories: what to do and what to know.

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14 Apr
ABACUS

ABACUS Financial Survey to Open April 21

The ABACUS reports for this cycle will cover 2019 and 2020 financial results, providing participating stores with a user-friendly overview of the economy with regards to the impact of COVID-19, informative graphs, and interpretive information.

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13 Apr

ABA Board Election to Close April 27

One person per ABA Member ID number may vote. Cast your vote for the 2021 Board of Directors election now.

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13 Apr
Indie Next: Booksellers Recommend

Sign Up to Send the New Indie Next List E-newsletter to Customers

Stores should visit the Matchbook Marketing Indie Next List page now to upload their subscriber list and logo to join the free newsletter program for bookstore customers.

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14 Apr
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

Last Day to Sign Up to Attend Thursday’s De-escalation Workshop

On Thursday, April 15, Center for Anti-Violence Education Program Manager Rej Joo will lead a workshop on a range of de-escalation techniques as well as safety considerations during such unpredictable moments. 

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14 Apr
ABA ShopTalk
14 Apr

IndieLite Stores: Sign Up for Webinar on Switching Credit Card Processors

The April 21 webinar will cover the tasks needed to switch and the order in which steps should be completed, as well as detailed information about the different pieces of credit card processing on IndieLite sites.

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14 Apr

Sign Up for April 27 Marketing Meetup on Bookshop.org

The session on optimizing your Bookshop.org page will be led by Bookshop Partnerships Manager Sarah High.

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14 Apr

Upcoming Education to Cover Retail Cooperatives and Nonprofits

The first event, looking at nonprofits, will take place on Thursday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. ET. The second event, on retail cooperatives, will be held May 13.

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14 Apr
A Universe of Wishes virtual reading series

“A Universe of Wishes” Virtual Reading Series Continues

Remaining topics for the series include identity in the future with Samira Ahmed on April 21 and diverse worldbuilding in short stories with Zoraida Córdova on April 28.

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13 Apr
Banned Books Week: Books Unite Us

Jason Reynolds Named Inaugural Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week

The New York Times bestselling author will headline the annual celebration of the right to read, which takes place September 26–October 2 and features the theme Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.

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13 Apr
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Indie Bookstores Celebrate National Poetry Month

Booksellers around the country are sharing new poetry releases, recommendations, and more.

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13 Apr

Macmillan Further Extends Promotional Terms Offered to Indies for COVID-19 Response

The Macmillan promotional terms, set to expire in June, will now be extended through December 31, 2021, and include additional discounting offered on all orders placed and extended dating on orders.

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14 Apr
Cartoon of a shopping cart on a laptop screen

E-commerce Update: Comparing 2021 Weekly Sales and Traffic Online to 2019

The e-commerce conversion rate over the past week is 182.63 percent higher than the same week in 2019.

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14 Apr
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IndieCommerce & IndieLite Customer Survey: Most Online Customers Are Looking for Specific Books

The results to one question seem to support the idea that most customers (79.29 percent) know what they are going to buy when shopping online.

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14 Apr

IndieCommunication: More New Features

Here’s the latest news for booksellers using ABA’s IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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13 Apr
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Technology Meetup Recap: Gravity Payments

ABA recently partnered with Gravity Payments to offer credit card processing services to bookstore members. Gravity Payments currently offers special rates and terms for ABA members.

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13 Apr
First Aid Kit

ABA’s State of Health Insurance Webinar Now Available

The session looked at the benefits landscape under the Biden administration, including the new Special Enrollment Period and subsidies, the LIG Solutions health insurance program, and individual and group coverage options.

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13 Apr

Booksellers: Suggest Education Topics, Speakers for Upcoming Events

ABA is inviting booksellers to offer suggestions year-round about education topics, panelists, and speakers via a new form.

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13 Apr
Firekeeper's Daughter cover

Angeline Boulley on Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Firekeeper’s Daughter”

“This debut grabbed me from the start and kept me totally immersed in the story of a strong, self-described nerdy young female struggling with the normal problems of belonging, with the added element of being half Native American,” said Carol Putnam of Skylark Bookshop.

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