Best Practices

27 Sep

Treeline Tips & Tricks: Getting Affiliated on Edelweiss+

Edelweiss/Treeline Education Coordinator Joe Foster shows how booksellers can find a deeper integration of community activity in Edelweiss+.

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06 Sep

New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect December 1

Under a new U.S. Department of Labor rule, business owners will be required to pay time-and-a-half to any employee who makes less than $47,476 per year or $913 per week for any hours worked beyond the 40-hour-per-week threshold.

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04 Aug

Music Licensing for the Uninitiated

If you play music in your bookstore, you need to understand what your legal responsibilities — and rights — are. Here's an up-to-date look at the major performing rights organizations, what they do, and the factors that dictate their licensing fees.

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03 Aug

Treeline Tips and Tricks: Building Community

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster explains how booksellers can take advantage of the Edelweiss Community feature to connect with bookselling colleagues, as well as sales reps, across the country.

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02 Aug

Best Practices for Buying and Selling Graphic Novels

ABC Children’s Institute panelists offered tips for buying and shelving manga and graphic novels, as well as suggestions for responding to resistance from skeptical parents and educators.

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02 Aug

Keeping Young Readers Engaged During the Summer Months

Booksellers on the Children’s Institute panel “Stemming the Summer Slide With Summer Reading and Book Camps” discussed how to build excitement around books and keep kids reading over the vacation break.

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26 Jul

Ci4 Panel Takes on Literacy Development for Babies and Toddlers

The ABC Children’s Institute panel “Literacy Development for Babies and Toddlers” featured three booksellers and an early childhood education specialist discussing how to help customers choose the appropriate books for children at different stages of development.

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22 Jul

Creating Inviting, Inclusive Spaces for People With Special Needs

Booksellers shared best practices for ensuring all customers, particularly those with disabilities, feel at home in their stores during an education session at last month’s Children’s Institute.

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20 Jul

Pokémon Go: A Pokéxegesis

Among the booksellers who see benefits in the Pokémon Go phenomenon is Caleb Zane of Avid Bookshop, who noted that “businesses, especially bookstores, always benefit if they promote enthusiasm, in all its forms.”

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20 Jul

Booksellers, Publishers Decode Leveled Books for Early Readers

How to use leveled book designations to guide parents and children to appropriate reading choices that are both fun and educational was the subject of a panel discussion at last month’s Children’s Institute.

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19 Jul

Booksellers and Librarians Share Tips for Successful Partnerships

During a joint education session with the American Library Association, bookseller and library panelists at the ABC Children’s Institute discussed how to create and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships.

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12 Jul

Retailer Websites and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Here is background on the American With Disabilities Act as it relates to retail websites, a look at changes ABA has made to the IndieCommerce platform, and action steps for ABA members with online stores.

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12 Jul

Jeff James on Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence

ABC Children’s Institute featured speaker Jeff James, vice president and general manager of the Disney Institute, shared how Disney has mastered the customer experience by creating a healthy employee culture.

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27 Jun

Treeline Tips and Tricks: Event Grids

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster explains how publisher event grids posted to Edelweiss enable booksellers to request touring authors, see relevant title information, and more.

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20 Jun

Instagram: Making Books Look Even Better

Janet Geddis, the owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, shares her tips and tricks for using Instagram to promote her store and increase sales.

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