Main Street/Shop Local

    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

    Minneapolis Co-op Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Improve Neighborhood

    The NorthEast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis demonstrates how neighbors can work together to encourage investment in the community, helping increase economic activity in the area so small businesses can thrive.

    Communities Celebrate Finale of Fifth Find Waldo Local

    The fifth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local wrapped up over the weekend as indie bookstores hosted parties featuring snacks, prizes, and live Waldo scavenger hunts.

    When a Bookstore Is Also a Safe Haven

    Here, reprinted from a recent issue of Publishers Weekly, ABA President Betsy Burton talks about how, in troubling times, bookstores play an important role as a place to gather, reflect, talk, and heal.

    BookPeople’s Steve Bercu Delivers Keynote at Booksellers New Zealand Conference

    Steve Bercu of Austin’s BookPeople delivered the keynote speech at the Booksellers New Zealand annual conference earlier this month, where he talked about why bookstores in the U.S. are thriving despite the challenges they face.

    Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Find Waldo Local Launches July 1

    This July, 250 independent bookstores will participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local, a shop local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA.

    Bluebird Books Debuts Summer Book Bingo for Grown-ups

    Melanie Green, owner of Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, Kansas, has designed a bingo game card for adults, a grown-up version of the store’s summer book bingo for kids.

    Bookmark It Turns to “Experiential” Sales Model

    Bookmark It in Orlando, Florida, recently shifted from selling books at a stall in the local market to renting space and organizing events at other small businesses and in cooperation with area nonprofits.

    The Queens Bookshop Fundraising Initiative Enters Final Month

    Former B&N staffers Vina Castillo, Natalie Noboa, and Holly Nikodem are seeking to raise $70,000 by June 23 to open a general-interest bookstore in Queens, New York.

    Farmers’ Markets and Main Street Businesses: Natural Partners

    Main Street businesses, such as bookstores, that create relationships with their local farmers’ markets can benefit their own bottom lines while contributing to a community environment that nurtures social ties.

    Stacy Mitchell on the New Localism: Time to Up the Game

    In the opening plenary at BookExpo America, small business expert Stacy Mitchell addressed the challenges facing the localism movement and gave an overview of key policy issues and advocacy goals.

    Second Independent Bookstore Day a Hit at Stores Nationwide

    Indie booksellers reported bustling stores, extraordinary sales, happy customers, and soaring community spirit following Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.


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