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    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.

    Post-Election, Bookstores Offer Safe Spaces for Communities to Come Together

    Following last week’s divisive election, independent booksellers are reaching out to remind customers that their bookstores are safe, bipartisan spaces where community members can come together.

    Booksellers Invited to Participate in Fourth Annual Cider Monday

    On November 28, locally owned businesses across the country will offer visitors free cider during the fourth annual celebration of Cider Monday, the bricks-and-mortar response to Cyber Monday.

    ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day a Hit for Retailers

    Members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, including several bookstores that sell toys, celebrated Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 12.

    Sherman Alexie Charters Bus to Tour Seattle Bookstores on Indies First

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    Author Sherman Alexie has invited local reporters, musicians, fellow authors, and city council members to join him on a tour of three indie bookstores in the Seattle area on November 26.

    Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day T-Shirts, Totes

    Booksellers can place their orders now for official 2017 Independent Bookstore Day tote bags and T-shirts featuring an illustration by Lisa Brown.

    Share Your Photos of Indies First on Small Business Saturday

    Booksellers should be sure to snap and share photos of their guest authors and the festive events taking place in their stores on Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

    Independent We Stand Launches Shop Small Selfie Contest

    Through December 22, customers can snap a selfie in front of their favorite local business and share it on Independent We Stand’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card.

    Special Indies First Offer From Baker & Taylor a Hit With Indie Bookstores

    Indies First on Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and several booksellers are making plans to take advantage of a special offer from Baker & Taylor.

    Around Indies

    Bookshop Santa Cruz anniversary a family celebration; Cash mob to show appreciation for river’s end bookstore; Prairie Lights named best bookstore; Gottwals Books shows off new literary mural

    Indies First: Get on the Map and Get Free Publicity

    With Indies First on Small Business Saturday less than four weeks away, booksellers should submit their store’s event details so they will appear on the searchable Indies First map.

    Small Business Saturday Kit Offers Easy-to-Use Marketing Tools

    To help businesses celebrate Small Business Saturday, American Express has created a toolkit of downloadable marketing materials as well as an incentive for customers to shop at small retailers.

    BTW News Briefs

    150-plus independent bookstores now offer Libro.fm digital audiobooks; CBC introduces ABA institute scholarships for publishing staff; Nominations open for National Small Business Week Awards; Ingram Academic Services to distribute Stanford University Press and University of Ottawa Press; Association of American University Presses moves central office

    Resources Available From AmEx to Promote Small Business Saturday

    The new Shop Small Studio from American Express features customizable and ready-to-use marketing materials to promote Small Business Saturday, November 26.

    NAIBA Keynote Focuses on Sharing the New Localism Message

    How booksellers can become more effective advocates on public policy and make the case for fair business practices was the focus of a keynote presentation at the NAIBA fall conference.

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