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    Booksellers Go Batty for Halloween

    As independent bookstores prepare for the spookiest season of the year, the National Retail Federation is predicting that Halloween spending will reach a record $9.1 billion in 2017.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.9 percent in August 2017 compared to August 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Bookstores Embrace Excitement for John Green’s “Turtles All the Way Down”

    This week, bookstores around the country ushered in the release of Turtles All the Way Down, the first book in five years from YA author John Green.

    How We Sell Backlist: Midtown Reader

    Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, is the subject of Bookselling This Week’s newest “How We Sell Backlist” column, an occasional series highlighting ABA’s campaign to promote backlist titles.


    July–September 2017: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The third quarter of 2017 saw 19 ABA member store openings and five sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a bookstore pub, a mobile bookstore, and new branches of established bookstores.

    In Age of Amazon, Indie Toy Stores, Like Indie Bookstores, Hold Their Own

    Indie toy stores, like indie bookstores, have succeeded by leveraging several strengths: the experience they provide for customers, the types of products they sell, and the local connections they create.

    National Book Awards Finalists Announced

    The 2017 National Book Awards finalists were announced on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, October 4.

    Business Risk Management for Independent Booksellers

    LIBRIS, the insurance program created and owned by ABA, provides an overview of potential risks for business owners as well as ways to minimize those risks.

    Booksellers Plan Midnight Release Parties for John Green’s New Novel

    Enthusiasm is high for the October 10 release of Turtles All the Way Down, John Green’s first novel in five years.

    Booksellers Attract Customers Through Free Online Search Tools

    Google, Yelp, Bing, and other search tools give booksellers the power to manage the image they present to the public with photos, maps, links, and info on store hours and events.

    Booksellers Mark Banned Books Week With Parties, Giveaways & More

    From September 24 to 30, indie booksellers across the country celebrated Banned Books Week and this year’s theme, “Our Right to Read.”

    How We Sell Backlist: Scuppernong Books

    Scuppernong Books’ “Year of the Author” initiative has enabled the Greensboro, North Carolina, store to sell more than 200 copies of James Baldwin’s books in 2017.

    Bookstore Trainers to Launch Hybrid Model Bookstore

    Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates have announced plans to launch Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

    October 1 Deadline for James Patterson Holiday Bonus Program Nominations

    Store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can nominate any current independent bookstore employee of an ABA member store for a holiday bonus.

    Chuck Robinson’s Bike Ride for Charity Rolls Along

    Chuck Robinson’s cross-country cycling trip to raise money and awareness for organizations including the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has taken him 1,000 miles so far.


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