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Headlines for the issue of October 10, 2018

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ABA President Robert Sindelar

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar on the Delight of Participation

 

Here, Sindelar highlights several opportunities for booksellers to take advantage of — and participate in — their membership with the American Booksellers Association.

09 Oct
2018 ABA Board of Directors

A Report on the September 2018 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from September 21–23, 2018, in Carrboro, North Carolina, to discuss a range of items.

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09 Oct

ABA Partners With Hummingbird Digital Media for E-Book Sales

The Hummingbird platform integrates with ABA’s IndieCommerce and IndieLite programs by automatically supplying a “Buy the e-book” button next to the “Buy the Book” button on the bookstore’s title pages.

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09 Oct

July–September 2018: ABA Members Opening/Sold

The third quarter of 2018 saw 25 ABA member store openings and 6 sales of existing businesses to new owners.

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10 Oct

“Talk to ABA”: BTW Highlights Interactive Elements of Redesigned ABA Website

ABA’s new, improved website features interactive resources booksellers can use to better communicate with the association and other booksellers, including new ways to submit information about store changes.

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09 Oct
Love Your Bookstore logo

“Love Your Bookstore” to Celebrate Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores in November

Readers are encouraged to share their love of bookstores during the weeklong celebration of Love Your Bookstore, a new retail holiday that will take place from Saturday, November 10, to Friday, November 16.

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10 Oct

2018 National Book Award Finalists Announced

A panel of literary experts chose the five finalists in each of five categories — Fiction, Nonfiction, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. 

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10 Oct

BTW News Briefs

S&S to open new warehouse; PRH announces expansion of Asian publishing endeavors; University of Chicago Press and De Gruyter form partnership; B&N considers sale; Canada’s Indigo opens first U.S. store; HarperCollins establishes Spanish acquisitions board; Amazon eliminates bonuses, stock for workers after raising minimum wage; HMH completes Riverside divestiture; B&T adds 10 new publishers; MacArthur Foundation announces new fellows

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10 Oct

Last Call for Nominations to James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program

Past recipients of Patterson grants are eligible for the 2018 bonuses, and booksellers are allowed to self-nominate.

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04 Oct
NPD logo on computer screen

Sign Up for a 30-Minute Demo to Learn How to Navigate the New BookScan

NPD Book President Jonathan Stolper will demonstrate how to access and interpret the information provided to booksellers through the new NPD BookScan.

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10 Oct

Two Weeks Left to Nominate a Bookseller for the ABA Board of Directors Election

Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2019; self-nominations are also welcome.

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05 Oct
You're Invited!

Sales Rep Events for Staff and Local Community Offer Peek Into Upcoming Lists

Indie booksellers striving to stay in the know about upcoming releases spoke to BTW about inviting publisher sales representatives to their stores to talk books with both staff and customers.

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09 Oct

Virtual Roundtable Offers Insight Into Using Social Media for Customer Acquisition

During the discussion, three booksellers discussed the different types of social media platforms they use, what kind of content they post, and how they have increased follower engagement over time.

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09 Oct

Sign Up Now for Virtual Marketing Roundtable on Membership Programs

During the video conference, three indie booksellers will discuss the pros and cons of bookstore membership programs, sometimes called loyalty programs or frequent buyer programs.

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09 Oct
Winter 2018-2019 Reading Group Guide

The Winter 2018–2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups Preview

The Winter 2018–2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes booksellers’ top 10 favorites plus 34 additional titles that offer the promise of great discussions for reading groups of every kind.

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10 Oct

The October 2018 Indie Baseball Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

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10 Oct
Novel's storefront in Memphis, Tennessee

One Year After Novel Opens, Bookselling Thrives at Laurelwood Shopping Center

“As indie booksellers, we tend to pride ourselves on helping customers not only find what they are looking for, but also being a place of discovery,” said Nicole Yasinsky, Novel’s marketing manager.

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10 Oct

Around Indies

Ada’s Discovery Café, Shakespeare & Co., and Run for Cover open; Kew & Willow celebrates first anniversary; Carmichael’s Bardstown Road location expands; Copperfish wins first place in Best of Charlotte awards; and more.

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