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    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's award-winning Midtown Scholar Bookstore, founded in 2001, is seeking a Full-time Assistant Manager with passionate interest and practical experience in the new and/or used book trade.
     
    Our bookstore-cafe stocks over 200,000 new, used, rare, and out-of-print books on six levels in two interconnected buildings: a 1920s movie theater and 1900s-era department store, a half-mile from the State Capitol in the city's historic Midtown arts district.
     
    The successful candidate may have special expertise in rare and out-of-print books, children's book buying, marketing and promotion, coffeehouse experience, or other retail training. Our management team values a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and dedication to customer service.
     
    The position is full-time (45 hours per week including overtime). Flexible availability preferred, including some evenings/weekends/holidays. Recommended: college degree, proficiency with Microsoft Office/Excel and experience with Adobe In-Design, strong computer skills, and strong technical and creative writing skills.
     
    To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@midtownscholar.com and include your wage/salary/compensation requirements. Medical, dental, & vision insurance is offered. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

     

    Position: Part-Time
    Starts: August 2017

    Founded in 1966, Once Upon a Time is the oldest children’s bookstore in the country. Located in Montrose, California, 15 minutes northeast of downtown Los Angeles, the store is currently in 1200 sq. feet of space located in a 3-block, outside shopping mall, consisting mainly of independent businesses. We are seeking a team player to handle school author visits, off-site sales & store events.

    Duties would include but not be limited to:

    • · Working with publicists and school contacts, scheduling 50+ author visits per year, matching schools with appropriate authors.
    • · Handling off-site sales personally.
    • · Interacting with local organizations, scheduling off-site book-selling events, ranging from multi-day conferences & book fairs to author appearances in libraries, etc.
    • · Maintaining constant correspondence with authors, publicists, school contacts, as well as store personnel to plan events, handle event logistics, customer requests, book inventory and marketing needs.
    • · Coordinating with store management to buy books for events, ensuring appropriate quantities on hand for events, and then handling timely returns of unsold stock back to publishers.
    • · Creating flyers for pre-orders for school events and marketing for off-site sales.
    • · Preparing sales kits for school and off-site contacts to use during events.
    • · Reconciling offsite sales, revenue and returned stock after events.
    • · Maintaining spreadsheets with outside sales figures, etc.
    • · Maintaining and applying for store and event co-op

    Requirements

    • · Excellent time management skills with ability to prioritize tasks in a constantly shifting environment
    • · Bookselling experience a definite plus. Must enjoy & have experience working with children.
    • · Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
    • · Creative problem solver and self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision
    • · Ability to bend, stoop and lift boxes up to 40 pounds
    • · Strong communication skills both verbal and written
    • · Be able to work well in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
    • · Be able to work independently as well as with a team
    • · Highly competent computer skills including Google Docs, Excel, Word, and email. Design software experience a plus.
    • · Frequent local travel (to school events, offsites) including hauling book boxes. Must have own, reliable transportation.

    Must be flexible, as weekly schedule will vary considerably. 20+ hours per week, with some nights and weekends required; hours and daily schedule will vary seasonally.

    Email your resume to Maureen@onceupona.com. Please, no phone calls.


     

    The American Booksellers Association, the trade association representing independent bookstores, is seeking an energetic, experienced Writer/Researcher to join its staff full-time in White Plains, New York.

    The Writer/Researcher will work to create relevant business-related and association news stories, content for bookseller education, and other resources to help member bookstores operate more successfully and profitably.

    Responsibilities:

    • Pitch and write news articles related to independent bookselling for weekly newsletter
    • Monitor current events in the book industry and investigate leads and tips
    • Attend and report on industry events (some travel required)
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships with booksellers for future articles
    • Copyedit and proofread association publications and other materials

    Qualifications:

    • High editorial standards, including strong writing, proofreading, interviewing, and fact-checking skills and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style
    • Familiarity with content management systems, basic HTML, basic photo editing, and social media
    • At least two years’ professional writing and editorial experience
    • Knowledge of the book industry and independent bookselling are pluses

    How to apply:

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to jobs@bookweb.org, with “Writer/Researcher” in the subject line.

    Location:

    This is an in-office position at 333 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York. Shuttle service is provided from the White Plains Metro-North train station.

    About ABA:

    Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA’s core members are key participants in their communities’ local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education, information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

    The American Booksellers Association is committed to fostering a diverse staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, or disability status. For more information about ABA, visit BookWeb.org.


     

    For Sale


    Retirement sale! All fixtures must go!

    • High quality book shelves with wall tables and lower overstock shelves (maple finish)
    • Custom island shelf units with casters and solid tops (mahogany finish)
    • Custom island shelf units with casters and magazine inserts (mahogany finish)
    • Mahogany wall shelving with ladder
    • Beautiful tables, chairs, and benches

    For details, please contact Larry Cobabe at (925) 736-9090 or read@readbooksellers.com


     

     

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