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    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local Extended to March 20

    The preregistration period for this July’s sixth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local has been extended to Monday, March 20.

    Seattle-Area Bookstores Issue Independent Bookstore Day Challenge

    Nineteen bookstores in the Seattle area are challenging customers to visit all participating stores on Independent Bookstore Day, April 29, for the chance to win a 25 percent discount all year.

    BTW News Briefs

    Transfer of Perseus Books distribution completed; PRH to publish Obamas; WNDB internship application opens; Hummingbird offers new discount program; Study finds post-millennials prefer physical stores; Amazon opens East Coast store; #FreeWordsTurkey petition presented to German government; LA Times Book Prize finalists announced 

    Givens Books Produces TV Commercials Promoting Localism

    Danny Givens, owner of Givens Books-Little Dickens in Lynchburg, Virginia, has created a series of buy local-themed commercials for WABC, a local television station.

    Noelle Santos’ Lit. Bar Hits $100,000 Fundraising Goal

    Noelle Santos’s Indiegogo campaign has surpassed its $100,000 fundraising goal to open The Lit. Bar, a bookstore/wine bar in the South Bronx.

    Noelle Santos’ Lit. Bar Gathers Momentum for a Summer Opening

    Noelle Santos, an HR professional with a love of literature, is just a few steps away from signing a lease for The Lit. Bar, a bookstore/wine bar, in her native South Bronx. 

    BTW News Briefs

    Jack Lynch named HMH CEO; Consortium adds five publishers; Amazon to open store in San Francisco; Grammy, Lincoln Prize, Little Free Library winners and Audie finalists announced

    Independent Bookstore Day Offers Marketing-in-a-Mailer

    The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $19 and orders are due March 1.

    March 1 Deadline to Preregister for Find Waldo Local 2017

    Stores are encouraged to sign up now for the July 2017 celebration of Find Waldo Local, which will feature special swag in honor of the iconic character’s 30th anniversary this year.

    Emma Straub Named Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador

    Author Emma Straub is serving as the ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place April 29. Orders for special merchandise for the event are due February 1.

    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.

    ABA Op-Ed Calls Into Question Amazon’s Job Claims

    ABA CEO Oren Teicher has written an op-ed for The Hill that underscores the full cost of Amazon’s growing consolidation of retail sales on communities nationwide.

    January/February Martha Stewart Living Promotes Indie Bookstores and Reading

    The current issue of Martha Stewart Living includes a six-page feature on reading and independent bookstores, titled “Hit the Books! Our Reading List for 2017.”

    BTW News Briefs

    Chicago Review Press acquires Parenting Press; Ingram opens NYC office; Sourcebooks’ Raccah named PW Person of the Year; GalleyCat ceases publication; Bookigee to shut down; Laura Donnini named managing director, publisher of HarperCollins Italia; New app helps Vermonters buy local; Nominations open for National Small Business Week Awards

    Advocates for Independent Business Holds First Summit in D.C.

    How to ensure that the voice of indie businesses is heard on both the national and local levels was the focus at the first Advocates for Independent Business Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C.

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