Best Practices

28 Apr

Treeline Analytics Tips and Tricks: Quick Health Exam

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster demonstrates how booksellers can quickly get a feel for what is happening with their inventory by looking at three Treeline screens: Market Top Sellers, Trends, and the In-Stock Bar Chart.

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16 Apr

Events Retreat Puts Booksellers, Authors, Publicists to Work

More than 50 bookstore owners and event managers gathered this week for the NAIBA/NEIBA “All About Events” retreat to discuss why booksellers should host events, how to work with publicists and authors, and the importance of publicity kits and author request grids, among other topics.

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16 Apr

Innovative Ideas From Bookseller Brainstorming at Wi10

Here is an array of great ideas for promoting bookstores as hubs of creativity, community, and activity, all gleaned from the bookseller discussion groups following Steven Johnson’s plenary talk, “How We Got to Now,” at Winter Institute 10.

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09 Apr

Goldman Sachs Program Offers Continuing Education for Small Business Owners

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which provides free coaching and education to small business owners, has been a boon to independent bookstore owner Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books.

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18 Mar

NAIBA and NEIBA to Host “All About Events” Retreat

Two regional associations are banding together to present the “All About Events” retreat next month for bookstore owners and managers looking to fine-tune their event-planning skills with the help of fellow booksellers.

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12 Jun

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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22 May

Craft of Storytime Featured in Children’s Institute Video

The newest video from last month’s ABC Children’s Institute features bookseller, storyteller, and TEDx speaker Anastasia McKenna, aka “Miss Anastasia,” of The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas.

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14 May

New ABC Institute Videos Focus on Educator Nights, Author Events, and Social Media Engagement

Thanks to a grant from author James Patterson, all ABA member booksellers can take advantage of last month’s ABC Children’s Institute education offerings through a series of online videos of the event’s breakout sessions and plenaries.

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24 Apr

A Pegasus Tradition: London Book Fair Remainders

Amy Thomas, owner of Pegasus Books in California, has been visiting the London Book Fair since she purchased the bookstores in 1995 in order to bring back an annual customer favorite: British remainders.

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27 Mar

Cash Flow Strategies Within Reach

While stores may vary in the way they approach cash flow, it’s important to make time to plan ahead for the proper management of income and expenses to best maintain the inflow and outflow of bookstore funds. Here’s a look at some of the cash flow practices employed by three stores of different sizes.

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23 Jan

Indie Vitality Celebrated at 2014 Winter Institute

In case you missed our report last Saturday from the Winter Institute, here is a look at highlights from the Opening Plenary featuring author Dan Heath, the Thursday breakfast with the Seattle7Writers, and more.

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14 Jan

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Boosting Our Chances of Success by Preparing to Be Wrong

In the fourth in a series of key insights and tips from Decisive, Dan Heath explains how, in order to boost our decision-making success, we need to be humble enough to prepare to be wrong and anticipate and plan for bad outcomes as well as good ones.

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06 Jan

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Getting a Sense of Perspective on Your Toughest Decisions

Winter Institute 2014 opening plenary speaker Dan Heath, the co-author with his brother, Chip, of the bestselling business book Decisive, shares strategies for attaining some distance before making crucial business decisions.

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30 Dec

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Reality-Testing Your Assumptions

Dan Heath, the co-author with his brother, Chip, of the bestselling business book Decisive, will be the opening plenary speaker at Winter Institute 2014. Here, he offers booksellers facing decisions a few tips for overcoming “confirmation bias” — the tendency to seek out information that confirms our existing beliefs or preferences.

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11 Dec

Winter Institute Opening Speaker Dan Heath Offers Tips for Better Decision-Making

Dan Heath, co-author with his brother, Chip, of  the bestselling business book Decisive, will be the opening plenary speaker for Winter Institute 2014. Here, Heath offers some key insights and tips from Decisive, in anticipation of a talk that will do much to answer the question of how booksellers can make better choices in life and work.

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