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Tim Middleton

Project Manager & Retail Liaison

BookNet Canada

Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love.

Sessions

Retail panel: Pandemic-era booksellers one year later long session description

Jan. 24, 2023, 2-3 p.m. ET | Free

In January 2022, we convened a panel of retailers, all of whom launched their bookstore during the pandemic (if you missed it, you can watch the video at https://tinyurl.com/techforumretailers ). Where are our booksellers and bookstores one year later? What have they learned? What further challenges have they encountered? What opportunities have opened up? How goes their customer acquisition and retention? And what do they think about returns? Join Stacy Batchelor (Fable Book Parlour), Kerri Doyle (Books & Shenanigans), and Meghan Desjardins (River Bookshop) in conversation with Tim Middleton and Lauren Stewart of BookNet and learn what it’s like to evolve as a retailer without a “before time” to reference.

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I opened a bookstore in the pandemic!

January 27, 2022

Join our panel of retailers, all of whom launched their bookstore during the pandemic, for a discussion of lessons learned. They’ll share what motivated them to start a bookstore and what it was like to open their doors, virtual and physical, during a pandemic. The panelists will also delve into how they establish themselves within their communities and how they forge relationships with their customers.

Peek behind the curtain of this new class of booksellers and hear how their expectations stacked up to the reality of this new bookselling ecosystem.

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New from BookNet Canada: BNC BiblioShare

April 13, 2021

It’s no secret that BNC BiblioShare was in overdrive in 2020/2021, spreading quality-controlled bibliographic data far and wide and supporting more initiatives than ever before. What’s next? A total rebuild and more features than ever before. Join us for a whirlwind recap of BiblioShare’s 2020!
 

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Serving communities in crisis: The bookseller’s role

April 6, 2021

Independent bookstores play a crucial role in supporting their communities and never have communities needed more support than over the past year. COVID brought job losses, children home from school, and a general increase in isolation and anxiety. Faced with unprecedented closures, bookstores still found ways to maintain connections with their patrons through virtual events, home delivery, curated lists, and personalized guidance. In this event, you’ll hear how four bookstores stayed connected in order to support their community and sell books.

This session is the launch of the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association’s Discover & Develop webinar series that will help booksellers define their ‘new normal’ — what their day-to-day operations look like now that the industry is finding its new rhythm; better understand and improve their stores and operating procedures; and consider how adaptations they made during the pandemic might continue post-COVID.

This session is presented in partnership with the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association.

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