Industry News

06 Jan
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Independent Bookstore Day Scheduled for April 24

The catalog of exclusive, literary-themed items will go live on the Independent Bookstore Day website on Friday, January 15. Booksellers have until Friday, February 5, to submit their orders.

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05 Jan
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Booksellers Reflect on the Highs and Lows of 2020

In the final days of 2020, booksellers took to social media to reflect on an extraordinarily unprecedented year.

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23 Dec
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E-commerce Update: Entering the Post-Holiday Shopping Season

IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores are in the midst of a normal seasonal reduction in traffic and online sales, which is reflected in the daily drop in the e-commerce conversion rate.

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23 Dec

Binc’s Pam French Named Publishers Weekly Notable Person for 2020

“I see this recognition as an honor that belongs to all of you who have embraced Binc’s mission and made Binc your foundation,” French said. 

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21 Dec

Spiegel & Grau Launches as Independent Publisher

Books will be at the center of the company, which will publish 15 to 20 titles per year, but it will also produce original audio content and bring works from print or audio to film and TV.

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16 Dec
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E-commerce Update: Shipping Deadlines and Delays Affecting Online Sales

The decline coincides with shipping deadlines and reports of shipping delays affecting pre-Christmas delivery. Stores should now be promoting in-store or curbside pick-up for online sales if available.

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16 Dec

Macmillan Extends Promotional Terms Offered to Indies for COVID-19 Response

The Macmillan promotional terms, originally set to expire in December 2020, will now be extended through June 30, 2021, and include additional discounting offered on all orders placed and extended dating on orders.

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15 Dec

The Potter’s House Wins Autumn Indie Playlist Display Initiative

The Indie Playlist in-store display and event months for 2021 are June, August, and October.

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15 Dec

PubWest Offering Discount for Indie Booksellers to Attend Virtual Conference

Booksellers can attend the conference, which will be held February 2-4, at a discounted member rate of $250 courtesy of PubWest.

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15 Dec

FedEx, UPS Rates to Rise in 2021

Through the ABA shipping program with PartnerShip, stores can save 50 percent on FedEx shipping. 

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15 Dec
When They Call You a Terrorist Virtual Reading Series, November 5 and 19
09 Dec

Tattered Cover Book Store Sold to Denver Investors

Denver natives Kwame Spearman and David Back, founding partners of Bended Page, LLC, lead a group of Colorado-based investors and national bookselling and publishing experts that purchased the 49-year-old business. 

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09 Dec
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E-commerce Update: Expect an Online Sales Rush Monday and Tuesday

On Sunday, the e-commerce conversion rate spiked to 11.06 percent, which indicates that indie bookstore customers are highly motivated to buy from store sites right now.

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09 Dec

Indie Bookstores Invited to Partner With Book Post Newsletter

Founding editor Ann Kjellberg said Book Post is a place where people can “engage with new ideas in literature, history, science, etc., and try to grow a common language based on shared ideas.”

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