Independent Business Groups Urge U.S. Government to Buy Local

    The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

    Independent Bookstore Day Catalog Goes Live

    Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Seventh Year Begins January 23

    Online preregistration for the 2018 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 23. Participation in the seventh annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Authors, Readers Connect at Indie Bookstores Nationwide on Indies First

    Hundreds of authors showed their support for local independent booksellers by spending Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 25, greeting customers and hand-selling books at indie bookstores.

    Last Chance to Get on the Indies First Map and Get Noticed!

    The Indies First map serves as a central source for customers, media, authors, and publishers to see what’s happening in bookstores nationwide on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

    Making the Most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday: Some Final Reminders

    With just a few days to go until Indies First on Small Business Saturday, here are some last-minute reminders and tips for making the most of the celebration.

    Indies Believe They Are Better Positioned Than Chains to Weather Amazon’s Growth

    A new survey from the Advocates for Independent Business reports that as bricks-and-mortar retail faces new stresses, the impacts appear to be playing out differently for independent retailers than for chains.

    Defense Bill Could Provide Amazon With $53 Billion Government Procurement Market

    A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act could secure Amazon significant government purchasing power; ABA is urging Senate and House leadership to remove the provision before the bill is signed.

    Booksellers Highlight Strategies for Promoting Indies First to Shoppers

    Booksellers are tapping into the power of social media, store newsletters, bag stuffers, and one-on-one conversations to alert shoppers that Indies First on Small Business Saturday is around the corner.

    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.

    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.

    The Doylestown Bookshop to Open Second Store: The Lahaska Bookshop

    Glenda Childs, owner of The Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has plans to open The Lahaska Bookshop, a second store in nearby Lahaska, this September.

    Politics & Prose to Open Second New Branch Location This Fall

    Politics & Prose, the iconic Washington, D.C., indie bookstore, has announced plans to open a new store at The Wharf, a new mile-long development on the city’s historic Southwest waterfront.

    Outer Banks Power Outage Inspires Customer Support for Buxton Village Books

    Buxton Village Books in Buxton, North Carolina, was one of many Outer Banks businesses that lost money due to a power outage last week, prompting an outpouring of remote support from regular customers.

    First Texas Independent Bookstore Day Spotlights Literary Texas

    The first annual Texas Independent Bookstore Day, held on Saturday, August 5, celebrated the state’s bookstores and their communities.


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