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    Michigan Independent Business Alliance Quickly Makes a Name for Itself

    When Bridget Rothenberger opened Nomad Bookhouse in historic downtown Jackson, Michigan, in December 2005, the bookstore was the only retail outlet on the street. But things are changing, Rothenberger said. The downtown area is starting to grow, and the once manufacturing town is taking a decidedly artistic turn.

    I Know You Like a Book + IndieBound = Great PR

    After Mary Beth Nebel of I Know You Like A Book in Peoria Heights, Illinois, read a column in the Peoria Journal Star that called for support of local independent restaurants, she wrote a letter to the editor to say that the column should have stressed support for all locally owned businesses. She got what she asked for. The next week, using IndieBound information supplied by Nebel, the business editor cataloged the many benefits of shopping local.

    Love Your Locals in Larchmont, New York

    As part of the American Booksellers Association's summer series of IndieBound information sessions, ABA COO Oren Teicher recently participated in a gathering of independent businesses organized by Larchmont, New York's The Voracious Reader.

    IndieBound Info Sessions for August: Atlanta, Durham, Denver

    The American Booksellers Association is inviting booksellers to three IndieBound information sessions this August. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm creative ways to use and customize IndieBound to best fit their bookstores.

    The Indie Gardening & Nature Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending July 22, 2008, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.

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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    Barbara and Camille Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Harper Perennial, $14.95, 9780060852566

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    Keeping the Faith: Sacred Path Books & Art

    Sacred Path Books & Art, an approximately 10-year-old bookstore located in Trinity Commons in Cleveland, is one of three storefronts connected to the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. And, though spiritual and religious books are the key focus of the bookstore, it's also a fervent advocate for localism and fair trade, according to store manager Clara Sayre.

    IndieBound Info Sessions Set for July

    As BTW reported in June, American Booksellers Association staff members are taking to the road this summer for a series of IndieBound information sessions, where they'll answer questions, share ideas, and help booksellers position their stores to take full advantage of the many opportunities that this exciting

    10 Easy Steps to IndieBound

    The Literary Liberation Box provided a huge amount of material to help booksellers use IndieBound to promote their stores ... and that may have left some wondering exactly where to start. Stephanie Anderson of Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has helped ABA create an easy, 10-step guide, based on her experience introducing IndieBound to her bookstore and to the surrounding community.

    Nominations Needed for Banned Books Top Ten

    There is still time to nominate titles for the 2008 Banned Books Top Ten.

    The Banned Books list is timed so that booksellers can use these titles and the list in conjunction with Banned Books Week displays and related events. (Banned Books Week is scheduled this year for September 27 to October 4.) The list features titles (both for adults and for children) that have been banned or challenged in bookstores and/or libraries.

    SCIBA & IndieBound on the Road

    By Guinevere Platt

    The August 2008 Indie Next List & Notables Preview

    Here's a preview of the August Indie Next List now on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

    Kids' Indie Next List to Debut This Fall: Nominations Needed Now

    This Friday, July 11, is the deadline for nominations for the Fall Children's Indie Next List, which will be the debut kids' Next List.

    A Interview With Indie Favorite David Wroblewski, Author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle


    David Wroblewski

    A Wild and IndieBound Independence Day at Titcomb's

    When Vicky Uminowicz of Titcomb's Bookshop in East Sandwich, Massachusetts, received her store's IndieBound "Eat Sleep Read" poster, she immediately knew it would be too big for the store's multi-paned colonial windows. However, Uminowicz did have the perfect place for the big red poster: on the back of the bookstore's red, white, and blue Fourth of July parade float.

    Indie Bestsellers: Independent Retailing-Focused Business Books

    Based on sales at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide for the 12-week period ending July 8, 2008.

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    Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
    Bill McKibben, Holt, $14, 9780805087222

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