Winter Institute

03 Feb

Representatives of English-Language Booksellers Associations Talk Bookselling and Wi6

Among the events held in conjunction with Winter Institute 6 was a meeting hosted by ABA for the leaders of the booksellers associations of Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada. This week, BTW talks with one of the participants – Lee Trentadue, vice president of the Canadian Booksellers Association – about building “new friendships and co-operative liaisons.”

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02 Feb

The Winter Institute’s Author Roster

Here’s one last look at the record-breaking number of authors who participated in this year’s Winter Institute.

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02 Feb

A Twist on the Bookseller/Author Partnership

At Wi6’s  “Exploring New Partnerships Between Indie Booksellers and Authors,” Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza’s Susan Novotny revealed how they have used their curatorial skills to help publish authors (especially debut authors) and create new business models that improve a bookstore’s bottom line.

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02 Feb

Indie Retail & Activism: The Business Road to Political Change

Wendy Hudson of Nantucket Bookworks, Jakob Wolf-Barnett of Revolution Cycles, and Rick Karp of Cole Hardware discussed the advocacy process and how vital it is for independent bookstores during Legislative Day at Wi6.

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27 Jan

How to Sell E-Books” Focus of Wi6 Sessions

Two sessions on how to sell e-books drew full houses on Friday, January 21, at Winter Institute 6. Topics included how to introduce customers to e-readers and e-books, marketing tips and tactics, and the importance of capturing e-book market share.

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26 Jan

SBA Administrator Discusses Challenges & Opportunities Facing Small Businesses

On Wednesday, January 19, hundreds of booksellers at Winter Institute 6 heard PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer interview Karen Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, about the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses today.

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26 Jan

The Retail Doctor’s Prescription for a Better Business

With an assortment of red balloons, a stuffed pig, and a chocolate cake, nationally recognized business strategist Bob Phibbs demonstrated to booksellers at Wi6 that presentation matters, and by having fun you can grow your sales and customer base.

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26 Jan

Winter Institute 6: Another Great Event

Booksellers came away from last week’s Winter Institute armed with plenty of practical ideas to improve their businesses; energized by the many networking opportunities with colleagues from across the country; and looking forward to handselling titles shared by publishers and authors at the event.

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25 Jan

A Winter Institute Diary

Becky Milner, owner of Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, shares her experiences at last week’s Winter Institute in Washington, D.C.

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19 Jan

ABA Winter Institute Off to a Great Start

More than 500 indie booksellers and guests from as far away as Norway and New Zealand are in Washington, D.C. , for ABA’s Sixth Annual Winter Institute. Here’s a look at some of the opening day events.

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12 Jan

Monsoon to Demo Software at Consultation Station

Representatives from Monsoon, a company that provides tools for online retailers, will be giving demonstrations of its software at the Wi6’s Consultation Station on Friday afternoon, January 21.

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12 Jan

Get Ready! A Winter Institute Preview

Here’s one last look at what’s in store for booksellers and visitors from as far away as New Zealand and Norway at next week’s Winter Institute.

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12 Jan

ABA to Honor NPR at Wi6

ABA will honor NPR and its President and CEO, Vivian Schiller, at the evening reception that caps Wi6s Legislative Day.  The reception, at the Library of Congress’ Madison Building, is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book and is open to all Wi6 attendees.

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11 Jan

A Look at Children’s Programming at Wi6

The Winter Institute will feature programming for children’s booksellers on Thursday, January 20, in Salon A/B.

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06 Jan

A Q&A With SBA Administrator Karen Mills

Karen Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about some of the key steps SBA has taken to help small businesses over the last two years, the challenges facing Main Street businesses today, SBA’s new loan initiatives and online resources, and more. Mills will be interviewed by PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer at the opening event at this month’s Winter Institute.

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