Industry News

31 Mar

E-Commerce Update: Higher Online Traffic, Lower Ecommerce Conversion

A slight drop in the ecommerce conversion rate is being countered by a slight increase in traffic visiting IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites. 

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30 Mar
Survive to Thrive: Donate Now

$1 Million Donation Kicks Off “Survive to Thrive” Initiative

Binc’s new initiative has received $500,000 jointly from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group, $250,000 from Bookshop.org, and $250,000 total from Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House.

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24 Mar

E-Commerce Update: Moving Into Spring, Sales Remain Steady

Over the past seven days, the e-commerce conversion rate has averaged 4.3 percent, just .1 percent lower than the previous week’s 4.4 percent.

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24 Mar

ABA Board Election Begins Friday

One person per ABA Member ID number may vote; staff should determine now who the designated voting member is at each store.

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23 Mar
Some of Loyalty Bookstore's favorite books by AAPI authors.

Bookstores Show Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

“We mourn those lost, and share in the outrage about the under-reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes, which continue to rise,” wrote Changing Hands Bookstore in an Instagram post. 

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23 Mar

Nominations for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Now Open

New this year, booksellers can submit their nomination using Edelweiss. Just as a bookseller would nominate for the Indie Next List, they can also nominate children’s titles for the ABC Catalog.

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17 Mar
International Women's Day asset from 44th and Third Bookseller

Booksellers Celebrate Women’s History Month

Bookstores from coast to coast took to social media to share some of their favorite books by women. 

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10 Mar
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E-commerce Update: Sales Remain Steady

Following a big news day regarding Dr. Seuss, IndieCommerce sales have remained steady. 

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09 Mar
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ABA Membership Dues Renewal Deadline Approaches

Last week, ABA announced that the deadline for renewing dues has been extended to Monday, March 15, to ensure that members who have not yet paid do not lose benefits.

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03 Mar
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E-commerce Update: A Rush for Dr. Seuss Titles

Tuesday’s spike in the conversion rate typifies how quickly a news event (like Dr. Seuss titles being pulled from distribution by their publisher) can cause sudden and unexpected online traffic and sales.

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03 Mar

Binc honored with LA Times Book Prizes Innovator’s Award

The Innovator’s Award “spotlights efforts to bring books, publishing, and storytelling into the future.” Binc is being recognized for the work the foundation did at the height of the COVID pandemic. 

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01 Mar

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Offers Up to $50,000

Booksellers can enter the contest by writing a short profile that highlights their bookstore’s unique story; entries will be accepted through March 9.

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01 Mar

Applications Open for Binc Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program

Binc will again this year award seven $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of bookstore and comic shop employees and one Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000.

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24 Feb
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E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Increases

Although more bookstores are open to walk-in traffic, the increase in online sales may be due to winter weather forcing people to stay indoors and online across the U.S. 

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24 Feb

Virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel Recording Now Available

Booksellers who missed the January 27 Buzz Books event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Publishers Lunch can view a recording of it now on BookWeb.

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