Main Street/Shop Local

    Winter Institute Sessions Turn Spotlight on Localism

    While more consumers are choosing to shop locally to support their communities, a number of challenges remain for local economies, as presenters will discuss during three education sessions on localism at Winter Institute 11.

    IndieBound Refresher Pack Offers Tools for Sharing the Shop Local Spirit

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

    Study Shows Sales Tax Advantage Aided Amazon Growth

    A recently updated study by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business drives home the point that the competitive advantage Amazon gained from not charging sales tax was as significant as Main Street retailers claimed — if not more so.

    Post-Holiday Survey Deadline January 27

    ABA is urging member bookstores to submit their responses to the eighth annual post-holiday survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Advocates for Independent Business, before the January 27 deadline.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Fifth Anniversary Year Begins January 25

    Online preregistration for the 2016 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 25. Participation in the fifth annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    BTW News Briefs

    American Small Business Championship contest opens; Berkley becomes part of Putnam/Dutton; ALA joins Penguin Random House in support of National Readathon Day; We Need Diverse Books announces inaugural mentees; William Johnson named Lambda Literary program director; Winners of 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Awards revealed; The Story Prize finalists announced 

    Post-Holiday Survey Seeks Important Data on How Indie Businesses Are Faring

    ABA bookstore members are strongly encouraged to participate in the eighth annual post-holiday survey, which aims to find out how independent businesses are faring, what their key challenges are, and whether the localism movement has had a positive impact in their communities.

    ABA Members Encouraged to Take Part in Post-Holiday Survey

    ABA is encouraging member stores to complete the eighth annual post-holiday survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Advocates for Independent Business. A link to the survey was sent via e-mail on Tuesday, January 5.

    Sourcebooks Sweepstakes Invites Readers to Nominate Their Favorite Bookstore

    Sourcebooks Landmark, publisher of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, the #1 Indie Next List Pick for January, is inviting readers to vote for their favorite bookstore for the chance to win a prize for themselves and for the three indie bookstores garnering the most votes.

    Around Indies

    Baby Boomers featured as pillars of indie bookselling; Utah goes local during “Shift Your Spending” week; Unabridged Bookstore to mark 35 years; Battenkill Books opens new children’s room

    Indie Bookstores Mark Third Annual Indies First With Festive Celebrations

    On November 28, nearly 500 independent bookstores across the country celebrated the third annual Indies First on Small Business Saturday. Stores reported a range of experiences at the culmination of the event, with the majority citing strong customer interest and engagement and some citing a rise in sales.

    BTW News Briefs

    Boston initiative encourages shoppers to support small businesses; NetGalley shows support for Indies First; New Zealand to start taxing e-books from overseas retailers; A Moveable Feast sales spike after Paris terrorist attacks; Bookbuilders of Boston blog series spotlights indie bookstores

    Indies First/Small Business Saturday: Last-Minute Reminders, Author Photos

    More than 400 bookstores across the U.S. will be hosting Indies First celebrations on November 28, Small Business Saturday. Here are some final tips for booksellers, as well as photos of authors who helped kick off Indies First during last weekend’s Miami Book Fair International.

    Indie Bookstores in Quarterfinals for Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award

    Four independent bookstores are among the 25 quarterfinalists for Independent We Stand’s Independent Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. Anyone can vote multiple times through December 13 to help choose 10 semifinalists.

    AIB Infographic Shows Hidden Costs of Amazon

    Advocates for Independent Business has created an eye-catching infographic providing data on the real costs of shopping at Amazon — and why shopping locally is better for the local community.

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