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    Independent Bookstore Day Tools Available to Help Booksellers Plan Celebrations

    On the Independent Bookstore Day website, booksellers can now find a searchable map of stores participating in the April 30 celebration, a gallery of merchandise photos, and a slideshow of tips for making their events a success.

    Winter Institute’s New Localism Sessions Now on Video

    Booksellers can now watch videos of three Winter Institute 11 sessions on the New Localism movement: “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” “City Growth and Downtown Math,” and “The New Localism.”

    Find Waldo Local Preregistration Extended to March 8

    Preregistration to participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local has been extended for an additional week, to Tuesday, March 8.

    New Localism Toolkit Coming Next Week

    ABA will release a New Localism toolkit next week to help booksellers both educate community members and elected officials about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement and better advocate in support of public policy that promotes vibrant and diverse communities.

    BTW News Briefs

    Donald Roseman joins Ingram Content Group as vice president of retail; Pulitzer Prizes centennial organizers issue reading challenge; SBA begins online matchmaking for small business loans

     

    New BookWeb Feature Shines Spotlight on Amazon

    Resources offering a wide range of information on Amazon and its effect on Main Street retailers can now be found in one place on BookWeb.org.

    Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

    ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

    Survey Finds Indie Businesses Growing, But Policies Favor Large Companies

    Independent businesses experienced healthy sales growth in 2015, buoyed by their strong community ties and growing public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses, according to the Independent Business Survey, released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

    Spring Forum Education Refocuses on the New Localism

    In response to booksellers’ feedback at Winter Institute 11, ABA’s Spring Forums will now feature an education session based on the new Civic Economics study “Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail.”

    Wi11: Bringing the Localism Movement to the Next Level

    The Wi11 panel discussion “The New Localism” brought together experts and thought leaders on local economies for a discussion about the next phase in the localism movement — evolving the movement from public discourse to public policy.

    Hundreds of Stores Sign On for Independent Bookstore Day

    A total of 430 stores have ordered exclusive literary-themed items to sell during this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

    The True Cost of Amazon Revealed in New Study

    At last week’s Winter Institute, Civic Economics and ABA released a groundbreaking new study, “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” which details the overall negative impact that Amazon has had on Main Street retailers and jobs, and the communities in which they are located, across the country.

    IndieBound Refresher Pack to Arrive In Stores This Month

    The IndieBound Refresher pack, which was created at the request of booksellers looking to re-familiarize themselves with the IndieBound program, contains bookmarks, decals, rally cards, and pins that promote the power of shopping local.

    Independent Bookstore Day Author Ambassador Revealed, Order Deadline Approaches

    This week, Independent Bookstore Day announced that author Lauren Groff will serve as the 2016 Author Ambassador for the April 30 event. Merchandise orders for booksellers planning to participate are due February 1.

    Preregistration Open for Find Waldo Local 2016

    Booksellers can now sign up for the 2016 celebration of Find Waldo Local. Preregistration opened on Monday, January 25, and is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

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