The Binc staff have returned from Chicago, IL and recovered after a jam packed week attending Book Expo America 2016. Pam, Kit, and Penny DROVE to BEA 2016 this year since the Windy City is so close to Ann Arbor (#BEAorBust), along with board member and INscribe Digital EVP Anne Kubek.
If you haven’t already heard, this Saturday, April 30th, is the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. 400 bookstores around the country will be holding events, author signings, providing yummy food and selling specially created merchandise available only on this special day celebrating Indies.
At the NAIBA Discovery Show in Washington D.C. last weekend, I had a chance to sit in on a very informative and entertaining session titled “Prepare for the Unexpected and Worst-Case Scenarios”. The session was led by Robin Bell from Chesapeake & Hudson and Susan McAnelly from Browseabout Books. These two brought insights from both outside and inside the store. It reminded me that the unexpected happens daily in stores and is not always catastrophic, as is the case with the unexpected events Binc deals with, but can be equally as disruptive to the business at hand. Their presentations and the audience participation that followed reminded everyone that anything can (and often does) happen in a bookstore.
As part of Binc’s commitment to strengthening the book industry, this year the Foundation offered Professional Scholarships to all eight of the regional IBAs to help encourage booksellers to attend the regional Discovery Shows and other educational events. Each IBA chose how the funds were to be distributed in the method that best served their membership. We at Binc, were very impressed with the thoughtful ways they chose to distribute the funds. The variety of scholarship criteria emphasizes the unique personalities of each IBA.