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    A Look Back on Last Year’s New York Times Best Books

    As the New York Times Book Review prepares to announce its top picks for 2017, booksellers should keep in mind last year’s list when thinking about backlist favorites to sell this holiday season.

    An Update From PartnerShip on FedEx and UPS Rate Increases

    PartnerShip, an ABA business service affinity partner, has evaluated the new shipping rate charts and created a white paper on the 2018 small package rate increases.

    Regional Bookseller Associations Revamp Holiday Catalogs

    The nine regional bookseller associations have launched new initiatives and improvements for their 2017 holiday catalogs to increase distribution and bookseller participation and provide wider online access.

    Chuck Robinson Celebrates His Big Ride and $20K Raised for Charity

    The founder of Village Books and Paper Dreams biked across the country and raised funds for nonprofits, including $13,000 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. 

    Small Press Profile: Quirk Books

    Bookselling This Week’s latest small press profile features Quirk Books, a Philadelphia publisher creating innovative gift books, fiction, and irreverent reference titles for the Comic-Con set.

    2017 National Book Award Winners Announced

    The winners of the 2017 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature, and poetry were announced on November 15 at a ceremony in New York.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6.6 percent in September 2017 compared to September 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up slightly more than two percent year to date.

    Booksellers Join in Neighborhood Toy Store Day Celebrations

    Several ABA member bookstores that also sell toys were among the retailers taking part in ASTRA’s Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 11, when toy retailers officially kicked off the holiday season.

    Booksellers Call IndieLite an Easy, Affordable E-Commerce Option

    IndieLite, a new e-commerce solution from the American Booksellers Association, is garnering positive reviews from booksellers, who say it’s a quick and simple way to start selling books online.

    Obituary: Sally Dedecker

    Sally Dedecker, a longtime figure in the book industry, died on Monday, November 6. She was 62.

    Across the Pond, Readers Head to Bookstores for Bibliotherapy

    As U.S. booksellers celebrate Indies First, bookshops in the United Kingdom and Ireland will mark Sanctuary Saturday, which encourages the public to visit a bookstore for a peaceful shopping experience. 

    A Holiday Preparations Checklist

    Here is BTW’s annual holiday preparations checklist, offering reminders to help smooth day-to-day operations at your store during the upcoming season.

    With Podcasting, Indie Bookstores Take to the Digital Airwaves

    When it comes to expanding their brand, some independent bookstores are looking to a rapidly growing media trend: podcasts.

    Museum Store Sunday Encourages Shoppers to Come Out on Thanksgiving Weekend

    Coming the day after Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Museum Store Sunday is a new event to encourage shoppers to think local for their holiday gifts.

    Bookseller Takes Story of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to the Big Screen

    Books & Books’ Mitch Kaplan is a producer of the film adaptation of the 2008 Indie Next List pick The Man Who Invented Christmas, coming to theaters in November.


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