BTW Articles

10 Mar

Nürnberg Toy Fair: Eat Sleep Play

Becky Anderson was “blown away” by the scope of Germany’s Nürnberg Toy Fair, where she recently found several new toy lines for Anderson’s Bookshops and came away with ideas for how indie booksellers can share information about favorite products.

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27 Apr

Buying Local Is Sustain-a-Bull in Durham

Sustain-a-Bull, the Local First organization launched last fall by The Regulator Bookshop’s Tom Campbell, has been steadily expanding.

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16 Jun

Customers Rally Around Old Firehouse Books

In March, Old Firehouse Books’ Jacqie Hasan told customers that the Fort Collins, Colorado, bookstore was having a “lean spring,” and she suggested a concrete way for customers to help. By the end of April, sales were up eight percent.

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10 Aug

Harvard Book Store to Publish Comics Anthology

Harvard Book Store is launching its first comics anthology. Minimum Paige will include work from some of the New England graphic novel community’s most well-known names as well as select customer submissions.

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16 Mar

New Bookstore to Open in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Jennifer Green’s plans for Beantree Books, which is slated to open this June, include an inventory of new and used books, a coffee bar, a community meeting room, and more.

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28 Apr

Recruiting Bookstore Volunteers: Just Ask

From helping occasionally with offsite events to weekly shelving and organizing, many customers are more than willing to give their local indies some free love. Here Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore, Susan Weis-Bohlen of breathe books, and Sara Look of Charis Books talk about running active volunteer programs.

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16 Jun

April Sales at Bookstores: Not So Cruel

April retail sales at bookstores increased 1.8 percent, compared with April 2010, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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25 Aug

NCIBA’s Hut Landon Takes Technology on Tour

Since July 4, NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon has been visiting IndieCommerce stores to talk about e-books and provide demonstrations for store staff. Landon walks booksellers through the buying process from downloading Adobe Digital Editions to purchasing e-books using the Nook and iPad.

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23 Mar

QR Codes – Ready for Their Close-up

With QR codes going mainstream, indie booksellers are increasingly integrating them into their shelf-talkers and newsletters. Among the results has been the opening of conversations between customers and staff about e-books, new technologies, and customer service.

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05 May

Diesel, A Bookstore Hosts Community Discussion

Last week, Diesel, A Bookstore invited customers to its Oakland location for a community dialogue about the worth, and the future, of independent bookstores. Support among the 45 people who attended the event “was strong and heartfelt,” said Diesel co-owner John Evans.

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