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    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.

    Around Indies

    Gramercy Books opens in Columbus, Ohio; Byrd’s Books celebrates fifth anniversary; Chapter One invites customers to follow the sheep trail; Anderson’s Bookshop hosts 11 authors for NapervilleREADS; Phoenix Books’ partners with Vermont Foodbank

    Single Tweet From Porter Square Books Leads to Hundreds of Book Recommendations

    Requests poured in over Thanksgiving weekend after Porter Square Books sent out a simple tweet: “You there! Yes, you. You need a book. Tell us a little about yourself & we’ll find the right book.”

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations sought for Anna Dewdney Read Together Award; Screen-Free Week to partner with Children’s Book Week; LendingTree launches Small Business Grant Competition; New York Public Library and Macmillan partner for new publishing program; Publishers Lunch introduces Monthly Buzz Books; Binc receives $10,000+ holiday donation from Ingram; Chronicle Books announces leadership changes; Andy LeCount to join HarperCollins; 2017 PEN longlists announced

    Amazon Invisible No More: ILSR Report Garners Widespread Media Coverage

    A new ILSR report providing both in-depth details about Amazon’s market dominance and policy recommendations to address its harmful consequences has been featured in newspapers around the country.

    Miami Book Fair Panelists Put Focus on Indie Booksellers

    The role of independent bookstores in connecting writers and readers as well as offering a safe place for community members with different viewpoints was underscored by authors on a Miami Book Fair panel.

    New Report Provides Analysis on Amazon’s Negative Impact

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative impact of Amazon’s expansion and growing power — and what can be done to address its dominance.

    Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

    Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

    Special Offer From Baker & Taylor Helps Indies Prepare for Holidays

    Through December 3, booksellers can take advantage of a special offer from Baker & Taylor designed to help ABA member bookstores make the most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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