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Headlines for the issue of January 2, 2019

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Booksellers celebrating the holiday sales season

Indie Booksellers Showcase Festive, Bustling Stores This Holiday Season

Take a look at how indie stores worked their magic on social media this holiday season, from promoting sales and special events to offering helpful hints for last-minute shoppers.

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

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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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
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New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, will be available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes this Thursday, January 3.

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02 Jan
Rosenwald Building in Albuquerque

Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Albuquerque at Winter Institute

Bookseller tours of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be coordinated by author Roger Zimmerman, whose A History Lover’s Guide to Albuquerque is upcoming from Arcadia Publishing.

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02 Jan

Register Now for Advanced Education Sessions at Winter Institute

Booksellers can sign up for sessions on developing leaders, staff management and human resources, and in-store merchandising, as well as a used bookstore forum.

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02 Jan

Wi14 to Offer Full Schedule of Parties and Receptions

The 2019 Winter Institute in Albuquerque will feature a wide array of parties and receptions where booksellers, publishers, and authors can socialize throughout the four-day event.

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02 Jan

Wi14 Town Hall Meeting Offers Opportunity for Open Discussion

ABA is inviting all booksellers attending the 2019 Winter Institute to take part in an open discussion about industry and association issues at a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, January 24.

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02 Jan
Children's Book Week 2019 logo

Sign Up to Host a Children’s Book Week Event

The Children’s Book Council is calling on booksellers, librarians, and teachers to sign up to be an official event host during the 100th anniversary celebration, which will take place from April 29 to May 5.

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02 Jan

Last Call: Nominations Due January 8 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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02 Jan

Sign Up for 2019 #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

There are several changes in store for HarperCollins’ Facebook Live program this year; American Booksellers Association member bookstores are invited to sign up now.

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02 Jan

January Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to Half a Million Customers

On Thursday, January 3, the January Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be delivered to more than 519,000 customers at over 130 ABA member stores.

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02 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Printing delays reported this holiday season; Book sales up in 2018; PartnerShip releases white paper on rate increases; PW announces Persons of the Year; Obama announces 2018 book picks; Abrams now distributing Overlook Press; Binc and Sourcebooks offering new scholarship opportunity; Personnel changes at McGraw-Hill, Sourcebooks, Candlewick; PBS News Hour-NYT book club chooses Heart for January

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02 Jan
February 2019 Indie Next List Flier

The February 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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02 Jan

The January ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The January Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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02 Jan

The Indie Mystery & Thriller 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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02 Jan

Libro.fm’s January 2019 Audiobook Bestsellers

The Monthly Audiobook Bestseller List is based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations participating in the Libro.fm audiobook program.

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02 Jan
Spark Books

Around Indies

Spark Books opens; The King’s English to open new location; Carmichael’s under new ownership; Highland Books on the moves; Novel Books recognized; Books & Mortar, Jake’s Place, Third Place Books make local news; and more.

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