New Business Models

16 Oct

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores Transition to Not-for-Profit

“We are a cultural institution disguised as a retailer,” said Jeff Deutsch, director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. “Our cultural work of creating an unparalleled browsing experience and a hub for community...needs no further utility to justify its existence.”

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Buying & Selling — Subscription Boxes

At this session on subscription boxes, booksellers learned about best practices for marketing, inventory control, options for special services, how to select categories, fulfillment management, and order tracking.

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27 Jun
An interior show of Orca Books in Olympia, Washington.

Orca Books Transitions to Co-Op Business Model

The 27-year-old store will transition to a cooperative business model, which will invite a number of new business opportunities for the store and establish a succession plan.

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07 Aug

BrocheAroe Fabian on Opening River Dog Book Co.

BrocheAroe Fabian, owner of River Dog Book Co., discussed bookselling, bookmobiles, and book clubs with Bookselling This Week

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27 Jun

Around Indies

Biblio-Tech Café opens; Split Rock Books owners talk about the experience of opening a bookstore; Carmichael’s expands; Riffraff’s bookstore/bar business model featured; DIESEL co-owner shares summer reading picks with All Things Considered; The Book Stall launches comedy series

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16 May
Boogie Down Books logo

Boogie Down Books Brings Borderless Bookselling Brand to the Bronx

Boogie Down Books, a “bookstore without walls” run by former English teacher Rebekah Shoaf, stages pop-up events featuring books for kids and teens at borough schools, businesses, and organizations.

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21 Mar

Wi13 Education: A Bookstore on Wheels: Owning and Operating a Bookmobile

Bookseller panelists at Winter Institute offered some food for thought to booksellers considering starting a bookmobile or adding a mobile aspect to their store.

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13 Dec

Bike-Riding Book Peddler Takes on New Orleans

Veronica Brooks-Sigler is putting a new spin on the bookmobile while she saves up for a bricks-and-mortar store in her home state of Connecticut.

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04 Aug

Dundee Book Company, a Mobile Bookstore, Rolls Into Omaha Literary Community

Omaha, Nebraska, couple Ted and Nicole Wheeler have launched the Dundee Book Company, a mobile bookstore selling titles by local authors, books from indie presses, and the best new literary writing.

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12 Jul

Around Indies

Bookmarks literary nonprofit opens bookstore; Bookie’s relocates, creates events space; Raven Book Store changes hands; BookStacks, Blue Ridge Books mark anniversaries; Kepler’s launches nonprofit literary foundation; Watermark Books teams with police to deliver books

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07 Jun

Riffraff, a Bookstore/Bar, to Open in Providence

Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge will open Riffraff, a bookstore/bar, in Providence, Rhode Island’s artsy West Side neighborhood later this year.

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24 May

Communicating With Our Community: A Letter From Outgoing ABA President Betsy Burton

In her final letter as ABA president, Betsy Burton reflects on years of constructive communication between ABA and individual publishers.

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22 May

Candlewick Introduces New Backlist Sales Program for Indies

Candlewick Press is launching CHIRP Evergreen, an initiative that provides indie bookstores with a unique opportunity to reintroduce titles from Candlewick’s award-winning backlist to their customers.

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09 May

New Nonprofit Bookstore Employs Workers With Disabilities

John Horgan and Jim Ingalls are the co-founders of The First Chapter, a nonprofit bookstore in Leominster, Massachusetts, that employs people with disabilities to teach them vocational skills.

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25 Jan

Digital Book World Panel Explores Question “Will Bars Save Bookstores?”

At the Digital Book World panel “Will Bars Save Bookstores?” representatives of the bookselling and publishing industries discussed strategies that are helping bookstores not only survive but also thrive.

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