Education Resources

79 results. Results may be paginated. Select one or more topics and filter by tag, format, or conference to focus results. Some resources are visible only to logged-in, ABA bookseller members.

Buying & Selling: Books in Translation

Buying & Selling: Books in Translation (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Buying & Selling: Books in Translation, Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Handselling

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Asterix — what do they all have in common? They are all beloved classics that have been translated from the authors’ original languages and have enriched the U.S. children’s book landscape as well as readers of all ages. In this informational session, publishing personnel will share with attendees:

  • An overview of the translation and rights process
  • Why translated books are important
  • How to promote and sell these books to U.S. audiences
  • How books can be used in outreach to schools and community groups
  • How translated books can foster diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural understanding

Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA); Claudia Bedrick Zoe, Enchanted Lion Books (Brooklyn, NY); Jen Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Nicholas Miller, NorthSouth Books (Vestal, NY); Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Author

Watch video from this event.

Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays

Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling

Holiday gift buying is not a last-minute task, but how does a gift buyer not only source but anticipate what will be a popular gift six months down the road? In this session, bookstores that have a unique collection of non-book items will teach buyers:

  • The role seasonal non-book items play in holiday sales
  • Best practices for discovering the next “it” holiday gift
  • Efficiencies and systems for ordering and reordering, shipment scheduling, and storing holiday gift items
  • How to move, move, move items that may not be selling

Lauren Coleman, RJ Julia Booksellers (Madison, CT); Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN); Angela Schwesnedl, Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis, MN); Donna Wells, Politics & Prose (Washington, D.C.);

Watch video from this event.

ABACUS and Pre-Orders

ABACUS and Pre-Orders (March 19, 2019 to April 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session ABACUS and Pre-Orders, Spring Forums 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • Operations
Tags:
  • ABACUS

At each of the 2019 forums, ABA presented “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without,” an update on two initiatives critical to the success of any independent bookstore: an active pre-orders campaign and participation in the annual ABACUS financial survey. This educational session will focused on best practices for increasing pre-orders — including the latest on accurately reporting and tracking — based on in-store experiences and feedback from the Pre-Order Booksellers Task Force. 

IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website!

IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website! (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session IndieCommerce Can Probably Do That For Your Website!, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • IndieCommerce
Tags:
  • Technology

IndieCommerce™ is the ABA’s e-commerce platform for independent bookstores. The system provides the tools for indie bookstores to create unique, content-rich, and easy-to-operate, fully transactional, e-commerce enabled websites. Over the past few years, the IndieCommerce team has been working closely with booksellers to to help them achieve their online marketing and sales goals. This session will highlight some of the most impactful changes that individual stores have made to their websites over the past year, including before and after examples.

Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC); Elissa Sweet, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT); Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine (Napa, CA); Geetha Nathan, ABA (White Plains, NY)

Watch video from this event.

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session Independent Bookstore Day, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Events

On April 28, indie booksellers will celebrate the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day (IBD). In this panel, new concepts and a new ordering system will be revealed. Attendees will hear from booksellers who have figured out how to make the most of IBD and increase their sales dramatically. It takes a little effort and imagination, but having a highly successful Independent Bookstore Day doesn’t have to tax your staff or break the bank. Booksellers will learn:

  • How to order and make the most of the IBD exclusive merchandise
  • How to throw a party that will get people into your store
  • How to publicize your store’s party
  • How to take advantage of social media

 

Robbie Egan, Australian Booksellers Association (Kew East VIC, Australia); Bonnie Monnier, Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD); Clarissa Murphy, The MIT Press Bookstore (Cambridge, MA); Samantha Schoech, Independent Bookstore Day (San Francisco, CA); Mary Williams, Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Watch video from this event.

ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read

ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session ABC Presents: Experiential Reading — Graphic Novels Shape the Way Young People Read, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Graphic novels can be a useful springboard into reading for reluctant readers, but they can also serve as a vehicle to launch readers into the symbiotic relationship between text and visuals. In this session, attendees will learn from booksellers and experts:

  • How the role of graphic novels has evolved in the bookstore and literacy
  • How to have a productive conversation with staff and customers about graphic novels
  • Types of programming that highlight and elevate the genre
  • The importance and impact of the representation of diverse characters in graphic novels
  • What the current educational terrain looks like and how bookstores can work with school libraries to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum

Justin Colussy-Estes, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA); Ashley Delacqua, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM); Lee Francis, Red Planet Books & Comics (Albuquerque, NM); Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL)

Watch video from this event.

Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report

Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session Edelweiss Presents: The New Shelf Report , Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Technology

Edelweiss+Analytics is excited to present the new Shelf Report, created to help bookstores succeed against competitive pressures by providing unique decision intelligence. This new tool provides benchmarks for your store’s inventory, using the aggregate performance of hundreds of other independent bookstores on four key measures of sales and inventory health – across genres. Join us to learn more about how this tool can help you view your store from the outside-in and point to where you can focus your attention to make sure your inventory is working its hardest for you.

John Rubin, Above the Treeline (Ann Arbor, MI); Joe Foster, Above the Treeline (Ann Arbor, MI)

Watch video from this event.

ABC Presents: Crash Course in Kids' Bookselling

ABC Presents: Crash Course in Kids' Bookselling (January 24, 2019)
Content related to the education session ABC Presents: Crash Course in Kids' Bookselling, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Scenario: your store's children's bookseller is out sick and not one general bookseller has even an inkling about kids’ books. Never fear! Geared towards general booksellers with ZERO experience in the kid’s department, children’s frontlist booksellers on this panel will provide a crash course to prepare any bookseller to head into the children's department. In the session, general booksellers will learn:

  • Key phrases to use when selling a kids book
  • Important questions to ask a child and a parent when selecting a book
  • Signs to look for when selecting a book (shelf talkers, inferences from the cover)
  • Basic important information to always have in their back pocket
  • Where to look for recommendations

Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX); Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople (Autsin, TX); Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI); Christy McDanold, The Secret Garden (Seattle, WA)

Watch video from this event.

Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales

Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101

Pre-orders are becoming an increasingly important way in which books are sold and marketed in 2018, and indie bookstores can and should take part in this growing business. Heavily influenced by television and social media, the months before a title’s publication are critical, and pre-orders are a growing component of a book’s ultimate sales. By working with publishers to take full advantage of pre-order opportunities, indie bookstores can avoid lost sales, lost PR, and lost market share. In this session, panelists will discuss ways that stores can successfully promote and sell pre-orders to become an integral partner to publishers and authors. Learn about new methods developed and tested by a task force of indie stores--including processes and protocols for stores using various POS systems--that all stores can use to maximize pre-orders through marketing, tracking, and reporting. The session will include bookseller participation from the pre-order task force.

 

 

Suzanne Droppert, Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo, WA); Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC); Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA); Geetha Nathan, ABA (Whte Plains, NY); Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, ABA (White Plains, NY)

Watch video from this event.

Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women

Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

Join your colleagues for a discussion on creating events and opportunities to highlight women's voices in the store and larger retail community. Hear from booksellers who are fostering women entrepreneurs, cross-promoting with women-owned businesses, creating dynamic in-store programming, and more. ABA members know that a diverse business district promotes a thriving local economy, and they are finding ways to ensure their stores, their communities, and their business districts are as dynamic and profitable as possible.

Casey Coonerty Protti, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA); Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL); Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN); Janet Webster Jones, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)

Watch video from this event.

About ABA

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.

Contact

MEMBER and MEMBERSHIP INQUIRIES: info@bookweb.org

PRESS INQUIRIES: ray@bookweb.org

INDIECOMMERCE: staff@bookweb.org

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES: info@BookWeb.org

 

 

Copyright 2022 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement