Best Practices

29 Oct

Treeline Tips and Tricks: Connecting With Publishers

Joe Foster, Edelweiss/Treeline education and outreach coordinator, explains how booksellers can ensure they’re not missing out on crucial titles by choosing to allow publisher sales reps access to their Treeline data to look for gaps in the store’s inventory.

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28 Oct

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

Here is BTW’s annual holiday preparations checklist, offering reminders to help smooth day-to-day operations at your store during the upcoming season.

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08 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Top online communities for small business owners; National Reading Group Month’s 2015 Great Group Reads; Ingram to distribute Humanoids Inc.; Consortium adds seven distribution clients; Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize in Literature; Keen Communications acquires Adventure Publications

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24 Sep

SBA Offers Online Guide to Human Resources Management

The Small Business Administration website offers an in-depth guide to help small business owners navigate the complex issue of human resources management.

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21 Sep

Treeline Tips and Tricks: Crowdsourcing Your Frontlist Buying

Joe Foster, Edelweiss/Treeline education and outreach coordinator, shows booksellers how to avoid missing a big drop-in title by using Treeline Analytics to find those titles other booksellers are buying the most.

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26 Aug

Dr. John Sherlock to Share Actionable Steps to Address Human Resources Challenges

Dr. John Sherlock, who will be leading two ABA Human Resources Workshops this fall, discusses why it is imperative for bookstore owners and managers to implement a human resources strategy. His session on HR at this year’s Winter Institute was very highly praised by booksellers.

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26 Aug

Treeline Tips and Tricks: Low Turns vs. High Turns, a Short Case Study

Joe Foster, Edelweiss/Treeline education and outreach coordinator, offers a case study showing two stores of basically equal size but with significantly different sales and turn levels.

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12 Aug

High Praise for Human Resources Workshop to Be Held Twice This Fall

In response to enthusiastic feedback from booksellers who participated in Winter Institute 10’s Advanced Learning Session on Human Resources, ABA has invited the session’s presenter, Dr. John Sherlock, to lead two Human Resources Workshops this fall.

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22 Jul

Kobo Writing Life: Tips for Working Collaboratively With Indie Authors

Christine Munroe of Kobo Writing Life offers information and resources to help indie bookstores promote the works of self-published authors who are eager to work with them.

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18 Jun

On the Move: Booksellers Offer Insights on the Process of Relocating

A rite of passage for many bookstore owners and managers is a move of their bricks-and-mortar business into a new location. Here, three booksellers share their experiences with packing up, moving out, and setting up in new spaces.

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17 Jun

Treeline Analytics Tips and Tricks: Treeline and Edelweiss Collections

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster provides a quick tip to help booksellers add individual titles or lists of titles from Treeline Analytics to a Collection in Edelweiss.

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04 Jun

Tactics for Reaching Reluctant Readers

Booksellers, educators, and literacy advocates at April’s ABC Children’s Institute offered insights on what works best for inspiring children to want to read.

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19 May

Children’s Institute Panel Offers Best Practices for Greater Diversity

At the Children’s Institute in Pasadena last month, booksellers and authors at the forefront of the We Need Diverse Books movement shared a host of strategies on how best to promote diverse messages and content through in-store displays, events, and hiring practices.

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13 May

Navigating BookExpo America: A Checklist

With BEA less than two weeks away, now is a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are accomplished at achieving their key business goals at the show while grabbing galleys, attending events, and making new connections.

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07 May

ABA Launches Minimum Wage Legislative Tool Kit

To assist booksellers in advocating for minimum wage policies that take into account the economic realities of independent retailing, ABA has created the Minimum Wage Legislative Tool Kit.

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