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    Interactive Independent Bookstore Day Map Goes Live

    Readers awaiting the April 28 celebration of Independent Bookstore Day can search an interactive map featuring more than 500 bookstores that will be selling special literary-themed merchandise.

    Start Promoting Independent Bookstore Day

    Here are some tips to help spread the word about Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated by more than 500 independent bookstores on April 28.

    Independent Bookstore Day Brings Back Marketing-in-a-Mailer

    The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $20 and orders are due March 15.

    March 1 Deadline for Find Waldo Local Registration

    ABA member booksellers have until Thursday, March 1, to sign up for the seventh annual celebration of Find Waldo Local, the shop local scavenger hunt held every July at small businesses nationwide.

    Trenton, New Jersey, Seeks Independent Bookstore

    The City of Trenton is offering financial incentives for an independent bookstore willing to open a location in a section of the city’s downtown area.

    Celeste Ng Named Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador

    The fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at more than 490 independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 28.

    “Groundhog Day” Movie Connection Drives Tourists to Bookstore

    Read Between the Lynes bookstore is ready for a busy Groundhog Day holiday weekend thanks to the 1993 Bill Murray movie filmed in its town, Woodstock, Illinois.

    Independent Bookstore Day Orders Due February 2

    Booksellers have until Friday, February 2, to place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, which will be held April 28.

    Preregister Now for Find Waldo Local 2018

    Candlewick Press will provide participating independent bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to stage a Find Waldo Local event in their community. The deadline to register is March 1.

    Independent Business Groups Urge U.S. Government to Buy Local

    The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

    Independent Bookstore Day Catalog Goes Live

    Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Seventh Year Begins January 23

    Online preregistration for the 2018 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 23. Participation in the seventh annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Authors, Readers Connect at Indie Bookstores Nationwide on Indies First

    Hundreds of authors showed their support for local independent booksellers by spending Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 25, greeting customers and hand-selling books at indie bookstores.

    Last Chance to Get on the Indies First Map and Get Noticed!

    The Indies First map serves as a central source for customers, media, authors, and publishers to see what’s happening in bookstores nationwide on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

    Making the Most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday: Some Final Reminders

    With just a few days to go until Indies First on Small Business Saturday, here are some last-minute reminders and tips for making the most of the celebration.


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