BTW Articles

14 Oct

In Memory: Carla Cohen

Carla Cohen, founder and co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., died on October 11 of cancer. She was 74 years old.

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09 Dec

Indie Booksellers on Google eBooks: We’re Now in the Digital Game

On December 6, ABA announced that member stores with IndieCommerce websites could sell Google eBooks™ online. Booksellers from New York to California talked to BTW this week about what Google eBooks mean for their businesses and the perception of independent bookstores.

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10 Feb

Indies Partner to Open Store in Former Waldenbooks

Indie booksellers Susan Novotny and David Didriksen have teamed with Jeff Levy, owner of Wakefield Mall in Wakefield, Rhode Island, to open a new bookstore in a former Waldenbooks location.

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14 Jul

Harper’s Magazine “New Books” Columnist on His New Relationship With Indie Bookstores

Harper's Magazine  “New Books” columnist Benjamin Moser talks about his new column and why he's making his reviews available to indie booksellers via

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02 Sep

San Diego Indies Provide Newspaper Book Reviews

When the San Diego Union Tribune cut its coverage of arts and books, several area booksellers stepped in to provide the newspaper with book-related content.

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21 Oct

Coffee Talk: Booksellers on the Pros and Cons of Bookstore Cafés – Part II

Six indie booksellers offer insights on how a café can benefit the entire bookstore, its effect on the bottom line, and whether – after tallying all the added responsibilities and costs – they still think adding a café was a good idea.

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16 Dec

Retail Bookstore Sales Dip in October

Retail sales at bookstores in October were down for the seventh consecutive month. October 2010 sales slipped 2.5 percent compared with October 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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14 Jul

Alamosa Books: Three Months In

Elizabeth and Sean Anker opened their children’s bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 3. "We have anything a teenager or younger is going to need or want to read,” said Elizabeth Anker.

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08 Sep

From Circus to Ape House: An Interview With Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen talks about her latest novel, Ape House, her research into bonobo culture and inter-primate communication, and the writing process.

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21 Oct

Retail Bookstore Sales Drop Again in August

August 2010 sales were off by 6.5 percent, compared with August 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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