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25 Jan

14th Annual Winter Institute Highlights Indie Resurgence as New and Veteran Booksellers Come Together

Approximately 700 booksellers from 387 stores joined more than 150 authors, 120 publisher partners, and nearly 50 international guests at ABA’s largest educational event.

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25 Jan

Wi14 Town Hall Takes on Book Supply Issues, Rising Minimum Wage, Programming Diversity

Topics discussed at the Town Hall included ABA’s actions on diversity since the last town hall, the challenge of a rising minimum wage, the importance of ABACUS, and issues with book supplies during the holidays.

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstores Pilot the New “Open Discussion Project”

The Open Discussion Project, which launched this month, aims to promote civil conversation among left- and right-leaning individuals through book clubs held at independent bookstores across the U.S.

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16 Jan

ABA Staff Heads to Winter Institute

The next edition of Bookselling This Week will arrive in your inbox late on Friday, January 25, with reports and plenty of photos from Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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15 Jan

99 ABA Member Stores Open in 2018; 28 Sold to New Owners

The new stores include a mystery bookstore, a diverse children’s bookstore, a community-run book cooperative, and 14 branches of existing businesses.

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09 Jan
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Holiday Shoppers Bring Their Dollars and Enthusiasm to Indie Bookstores

Popular local and regional titles, several national bestsellers, and growing recognition of the shop local movement were among the reasons cited by booksellers for this year’s high holiday sales.

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09 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the bustling holiday shopping season at indie bookstores and looks ahead to the upcoming Winter Institute.

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09 Jan

Attention Wi14 Attendees: Remember to Bring Spanish-Language Titles for Refugees

Attendees at ABA’s upcoming Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are invited to donate Spanish-language books for refugees at the U.S.’s southern border.

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09 Jan

NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz Discuss Free Speech on “Counterspeak”

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, was released last week. 

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02 Jan

ABA Board Members Set Resolutions for 2019

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors share their top goals — whether big, small, serious, fun, or somewhere in between — to help inspire other booksellers to set their own resolutions.

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02 Jan

Get Featured in ABA’s Bookstore Showcase

The “Bookstore Showcase” feature on the American Booksellers Association’s homepage highlights independent bookstore members.

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02 Jan

It’s Time to Renew Your ABA Dues!

The current membership year expires on January 31, so stores are encouraged to submit their dues renewal as soon as possible to avoid a break in ABA benefits.

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02 Jan

Keep Staff in the Loop: Encourage Colleagues to Sign Up for Bookselling This Week

Make sure your coworkers stay in the know by signing up for BTW. In the weeks to come, BTW will report on Winter Institute, new bookstore openings, industry news, and more!

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19 Dec

Bookselling This Week Goes on Holiday

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, this is the final issue of Bookselling This Week for 2018. BTW will return to its regular Wednesday schedule on January 2, 2019.

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18 Dec
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Introducing the ABA Green Team

“There is a risk that individuals and businesses may feel, in light of the massive challenges before us, that there is nothing they can do to help,” says ABA’s Meg Smith. “But that isn’t true.”

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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.

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