BTW Articles

06 Oct

Bartleby’s Makes Progress Toward Reopening

With much hard work and the help of family and community members, Lisa Sullivan hopes to reopen Bartleby’s Books before Thanksgiving. The Wilmington, Vermont, bookstore was almost totally destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene.

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22 Nov

Drabyak Fellowship Winner Named

Emily Adams, buyer and book club coordinator at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington, has been named the winner of the second annual Joe Drabyak Frontline Fellowship, sponsored by Workman Publishing.

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16 Feb

ABA CEO Addresses British Columbia Booksellers Association

Last weekend ABA CEO Oren Teicher was the keynote speaker at the British Columbia Booksellers Association’s Winter Education Day.  Teicher’s two talks focused on book industry trends and the opportunities and challenges facing independent booksellers across North America.

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29 Mar

Ideas on Display

Several booksellers recently reconsidered the art of the display.  Their efforts include a new take on the monochromatic, inspired by Christopher Moore; a twist on family reading time; and a new location for overlooked picture books.

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13 Oct

ABA and Civic Economics Partner for Indie Impact Study Series

ABA has entered into a new partnership with Civic Economics that will enable 10 communities with an active ABA member bookstore to work directly with Civic Economics at a reduced rate to create a customized study examining the economic benefits of local, independent retailers.

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01 Dec

Sales Up at Many Indies Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Big or small, three years old or 100-plus, many independent bookstores reported robust sales for Black Friday weekend, ranging from five to 250 percent over the same period last year.

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21 Feb

Google eBooks and Self-Publishers

Many indie booksellers have successfully partnered with self-published authors for years, and the growing popularity of digital formats doesn’t mean these relationships have to end.

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05 Apr

World Book Night: A Reason to Party

With less than three weeks to World Book Night, plans are well underway at indie bookstores across the country for book “pickup parties” to be held in the week leading up to the April 23 celebration.

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13 Oct

Personalizing the E-Book Transaction

In response to e-book purchases, and to encourage return sales, many IndieCommerce bookstores are sending individualized or automated thank-you e-mails to customers.

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07 Dec

NBA Winner Jesmyn Ward on the Importance of Indies, Salvage the Bones & More

At this year’s National Book Awards ceremony, fiction winner Jesmyn Ward thanked Mississippi independent booksellers for helping Salvage the Bones find its readership. Here, Ward talks about the role of indies in advocating for her work, her Mississippi background, and her upcoming memoir.

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