Main Street/Shop Local

    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.

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    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.

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations open for 2016 Indie Awards; PEN America’s new report addresses free speech on college campuses; Above the Treeline receives investment; Literary Landmark nominations sought for Children’s Book Week; Grateful American Book Prize awarded to Chris Stevenson; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

    Three San Francisco Bookstores Awarded Legacy Business Status

    The Booksmith, Green Apple Books, and Dog Eared Books have been granted Legacy Business status as part of a program addressing San Francisco’s challenging real estate market.

    BTW News Briefs

    Toolkit promotes 2016 National Reading Group Month selections; SIBA trade show merger with GABBS off; U.K. bookshops celebrate first Bookshop Day; NetGalley acquires Bookish; Doug Jones named Harper’s senior VP/deputy publisher; Submissions sought for Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award; Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners announced; Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology voted BuzzBooks champion at PNBA

    Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy

    On September 28, ABA and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study. The new data, from 2015, shows that Amazon’s negative impact on Main Streets is growing significantly worse.

    BTW News Briefs

    Binc Co-Ambassador Ann Patchett films promotional video; ABFE joins protest over bookstore boycott; AAP CEO Tom Allen to step down; Bloomsbury USA restructures; NBF Director Lisa Lucas talks to NYT Magazine; Books Are My Bag Readers Awards to launch; Amazon to open dozens of pop-up stores in malls; Sharon Olds wins 2016 Wallace Stevens Award; FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award short list announced

    On ABA, Amazon, and Activism, Not to Mention Indies First and Lena Dunham: A Letter From ABA’s President

    ABA President Betsy Burton provides a first look at some of the frightening data from the soon-to-be released updated Civic Economics Amazon and Empty Storefronts Study and encourages booksellers to take advantage of the resources available to create a firestorm of public interest.

    BTW News Briefs

    Chicago booksellers’ response to coming Amazon store draws media coverage; SIBA trade show to move to spring in 2018; Counterpoint Press to merge with Catapult; John Ingram to receive 2016 BISG Award for Excellence; Oprah’s Book Club selects Love Warrior; Shortlist for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize revealed; Winners of William Saroyan International Prize for Writing announced

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