Industry News

02 Dec
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E-commerce Update: Online Sales Soar Following Thanksgiving

IndieCommerce and IndieLite sites saw a 941.61 percent increase in revenue over the past seven days when compared to the same seven-day period last year.

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02 Dec
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ReedPop Retiring Publishing Events BookExpo and BookCon

BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound will not return in 2021, ReedPop announced on December 1.

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01 Dec
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Make Your Voice Heard: Join ABA’s Booksellers Advisory Council

Recent work by the BAC includes judging the Independent Bookstore Day logo contest, mentoring booksellers at Winter Institute and Children’s Institute, and more.

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25 Nov
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ABA to Call on Justice Department to Challenge Penguin Random House Purchase of Simon & Schuster

“The announcement today that Penguin Random House, the biggest of the Big 5 publishers, is buying Simon & Schuster is alarming,” says ABA CEO Allison Hill.

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25 Nov
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E-commerce Update: IndieCommerce & Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

To keep up with the coming surge in online traffic and sales, the IndieCommerce team has brought three more servers online in addition to the servers added at the start of the pandemic.

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24 Nov

Publishers Announce Plans for Dozens of New Imprints in 2020

Throughout the year, both small and large publishers have shared plans for imprints focused on all types of subjects, from diversity and inclusion to health and wellness.

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23 Nov
Choose Indies, Support Binc, Love Books

Ingram Content Group Urging Support for Booksellers through Binc’s Year-end Fundraising Campaign

In the first 10 months of 2020, Binc helped more than 600 bookseller/comics retailer families, distributing more than $700,000. Comparatively, in the first 10 months of 2019, 88 grants were given totaling approximately $200,000.

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23 Nov
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ABA Membership Votes to Pass Bylaws Changes

ABA member booksellers have voted to pass five bylaws changes as put forth by the Board of Directors. 

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18 Nov
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E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate, Traffic Increase

The percentage of online customers completing a purchase at IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites increased from 4.92 percent to 6 percent. 

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17 Nov
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Vote Now on Proposed Association Bylaws Changes

Stores have until Friday, November 20, to vote on five items proposed by the Board of Directors.

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11 Nov
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ABA Member Stores Invited to Vote on Proposed Association Bylaws Changes

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors has proposed five items for member stores to vote on; one vote per store will be accepted, and votes are due November 20.

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11 Nov
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E-commerce Update: Online Sales and Traffic Recovering Post-Election

Online traffic to IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites dropped by 33.41 percent on Election Day, November 3.

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11 Nov
Open enrollment ends December 15

Health Insurance Open Enrollment in Full Swing; Contact LIG Solutions Before the Holiday Rush

As stores prepare for a busy holiday season, booksellers are encouraged to contact ABA membership health insurance partner LIG Solutions for health coverage before the holiday rush.

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10 Nov

Sign Up for November 13 Book Group Picks Speed-Dating

The event, hosted by ReadingGroupGuides.com, will feature representatives from 18 large, medium-sized, and small publishers sharing selections that book groups will want to know about and discuss.

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