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Headlines for the issue of December 5, 2018

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Independent Businesses Request Meetings With Governors in Response to Amazon’s HQ2

On behalf of more than 80 independent businesses in New York and Virginia, ABA sent letters to Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam opposing the massive subsidies the states have offered Amazon.

04 Dec
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ABFE Podcast “Counterspeak” Debuts December 6

The first full episode of Counterspeak, a new monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, will be available for download this Thursday, December 6. 

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04 Dec

Reports Indicate Possible Ingram Purchase of Baker & Taylor

Book trade publications have reported that Ingram Content Group has made “a tentative offer” to buy the retail wholesaling operations of Baker & Taylor. 

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04 Dec
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What Books Are ABA Staff Reading and Gifting This Holiday Season?

American Booksellers Association staff are reading and giving a variety of highly recommendable titles this holiday season.

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03 Dec

Health Insurance Survey Closes With Input From 350 Respondents

In response to a recent survey sent by the American Booksellers Association, hundreds of booksellers from coast to coast shared their thoughts on group health insurance options.

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03 Dec
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As 2018 Comes to a Close, Remember to Report Sales

The American Booksellers Association urges all stores to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists during this busiest of seasons to demonstrate the power of independents.

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04 Dec

Watch Your Inbox for James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus News

More than 1,000 booksellers were nominated to receive year-end bonuses from author James Patterson; e-mails are going out next week to the winners.

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05 Dec
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Last Call to Submit Proposal for an Event With Jason Reynolds in 2019

Stores that participated in the #IndiesGiveBack campaign have until Monday, December 10, to submit a proposal for author Jason Reynolds to visit their community this spring.

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03 Dec

Nominations Sought for 2019 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Awards

Booksellers, authors, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to submit nominations for Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year awards by January 8, 2019.

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03 Dec
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Wi14 Consultation Station to Feature 22 Business Service Providers

The Consultation Station at Winter Institute 14 will feature representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

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04 Dec

Winter Institute Book Drive to Collect Spanish-Language Titles for Refugees

ABA is asking booksellers, publishers, and authors to donate Spanish-language books during the upcoming Wi14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be delivered to refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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04 Dec

Coming in ABA’s December Red Box: Bookmarks Featuring New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018

“We are delighted to share these bookmarks with independent bookstores across the country, whose work bringing books to readers we are delighted to support,” said NYTBR Editor Pamela Paul.

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04 Dec
05 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Germany to investigate Amazon; Richmond newspaper features local indies’ reaction to Amazon HQ; Atwood to write Handmaid’s Tale sequel; Deadline set for Parneros to seek B&N countersuit dismissal; Polis Books to launch Agora; Personnel changes at Simon & Schuster, PRH, Arcadia, Grand Central, DK; Mystery Writers of America rescinds award following controversy; 2018 35 over 35 list, PBS Now Read This choice announced

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05 Dec
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Audiobooks and Libro.fm to Customers

Guest speakers Mark Pearson, Nick Johnson, Matt Norcross, and Suzanne Droppert discussed the different ways booksellers can market audiobooks to their customers.

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05 Dec

ABA’s Marketing Meetup on January 3 to Feature Freeform Conversation for Booksellers

During a wide-ranging conversation, booksellers will recap the marketing strategies that worked for them in 2018 — and the ones that didn’t — and come up with new marketing topics for future Meetups.

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04 Dec
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The January 2019 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the January 2019 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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05 Dec

The Indie Holiday Cooking & Entertaining 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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03 Dec

Libro.fm’s December 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

The December 2018 Audiobook Bestseller List is based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations participating in the Libro.fm audiobook program during the month of November.

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05 Dec
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Booksellers’ Social Media Showcases Holiday Marketing Ideas

Indie booksellers are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to showcase their creative ideas for holiday marketing this season, including book displays, promotions, and in-store holiday activities.

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05 Dec

Around Indies

Lavender’s Bleu Literacy Market to open in Tulsa; Hartfield Book Company, A Novel Idea, McNally Jackson hold openings; Amesbury Books, Stories Like Me host pop-ups; Ownership change at Green Apple Books; Let’s Play Books celebrates anniversary; BookSmart changes location; Powell’s, Bunch of Grapes, The Next Page, Run for Cover, Books With a Past featured in local news.

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