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.

    New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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    Booksellers Take Independent Bookstore Day Initiatives Statewide

    To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, booksellers in Vermont and New Jersey are launching programs to showcase the range of indie bookstores each state has to offer. 

    Booksellers Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

    Hundreds of bookstores across the nation will participate in Independent Bookstore Day on April 30 with all-day celebrations featuring book-themed refreshments, poetry on demand, animal adoptions, and more.

    Stacy Mitchell to Present Plenary at BEA on the New Localism Challenge: Bookseller Discussion Groups Follow

    Booksellers at BEA are encouraged to join Stacy Mitchell, a nationally recognized expert on small business and healthy local economies, for an insightful plenary talk about the evolution of localism from primarily a consumer movement to one that also includes policy development and political change.

    Spring Forum “New Localism” Video Clips Available

    Three video clips featured in the ABA Booksellers Forum education session “Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do” are now available on the ABA YouTube channel.

    Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

    Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

    New Localism Toolkit a Boon to Booksellers

    Kevin Gillies of City Stacks Books & Coffee and Nina Barrett of Bookends & Beginnings will be using some of the many resources in ABA’s New Localism Toolkit to educate customers, elected officials, and others about the need for public policies that ensure the health of locally owned businesses and their communities.

    Amazon Delivers Hardship for Local Business Owners

    In an op-ed that first appeared in the Daily Californian, Amy Thomas, the president of Pegasus Books, explains why we should all be concerned that Amazon continues to create an existential crisis that affects more than bookstores.

    Booksellers Urged to Ask Lawmakers to Investigate Amazon Antitrust Violations

    ABA is urging each of its bookseller members to reach out to their lawmakers and ask that they investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations.

    A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    ABA’s New Localism initiative and the opportunities and new resources available to booksellers to effect changes in public policy are the subject of ABA CEO Oren Teicher’s bimonthly letter to members.


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