01 Mar

Tech Talk: E-Readers

This week, BTW’s new technology feature provides an overview of common e-reader devices and their compatibility with Google eBooks.

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27 Oct

Tapping the Market for YA Book Clubs for Adults

Booksellers share their experiences of starting and building YA book clubs for adults and the challenges of introducing the uninitiated to the world of YA lit.

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17 Oct

Stocking Up: Engelbreit Gift Certificates & IndieBound Bags

Preparing for the holiday season? Don’t forget to stock up on Mary Engelbreit’s “A Book Is a Present You Can Open Again and Again” paper gift certificates and IndieBound bags.

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06 Oct

YA Book Clubs “Revel in the Awesome”

Joanna Parzakonis of Bookbug, Lanora Hurley of Next Chapter Bookshop, and Maggie Tokuda-Hall of Books Inc. share tips for attracting and keeping YA book club readers.

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08 Sep

Random House Catalogs to Go Paperless

Random House Children’s and Random House Adult catalogs will be going digital only, beginning with their Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 lists, respectively. The change ensures the catalog information will be “more up-to-the-minute, and thus more viable, practical, and useful,” said Ruth Liebmann, vice president, director, account marketing, Random House, Inc.

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28 Jul

Buying It: Turning the Scan Into a Sale

Dealing with customers who are obviously browsing the store to buy elsewhere can be tricky. To steer them toward the cash wrap instead of the door, booksellers are engaging customers in conversations and using videos, signage, and fliers with QR codes.

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28 Apr

All-New Booksellers Resource Directory Launches

ABA has launched a completely redesigned and expanded online Booksellers Resource Directory in partnership with Multiview, Inc., a publisher of digital buyer’s guides and e-news briefs.

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14 Oct

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

Whether looking for a way to increase margin, responding to customers’ pleas for caffeine, or just because coffee and books are such a natural, booksellers have been including cafés in their bookstores for years. But are they worth it? The majority of booksellers who spoke to BTW say they can be.

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23 Sep

Film Company Offers Promos, Giveaways

To help booksellers capitalize on the October 29 movie release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Music Box Films is offering free passes, a free documentary, and a chance for consumers to win a trip to Sweden.

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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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24 Jun

Music Box Films Offers Promotional Materials for The Girl Who Played With Fire

To help booksellers capitalize on film-release buzz for The Girl Who Played With Fire, Music Box Films is offering a multifaceted promotion, including free passes, a free documentary, and, appropriately, free temporary tattoos.

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15 Jan

ABA Plans Updated Online Bookstore Source Guide

ABA has announced that it is in the process of updating the Bookstore Source Guide, a comprehensive listing of over 1,100 nonbook vendors. It is expected that the Guide will be back online at in early March with a new name, more categories, and a user-friendly design.

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20 Aug

A Lifetime of Reading Distilled in Book Lust

It took Nancy Pearl a year to complete Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason (Sasquatch Books, September 2003). But that's just one way of looking at it.

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09 Apr

Resources for Lovers of Children's Literature on

Former Wisconsin bookseller (and database software manager of the San Francisco Giants) Nick Glass has introduced a free Web site,, useful for anyone involved with children's books. The comprehensive site offers useful links for all booksellers -- original multimedia information about authors, tour schedules, reading guides, and more arcane bits.

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26 Nov

Post-9/11 Civil Liberties Resources and Web Sites

Nancy Kranich, chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee

As bookseller concern continues to grow regarding the current state of civil liberties in a post-9/11 world, here's a comprehensive resource list of Web sites

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