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    New “Shop Small” Designs Now Available for Small Business Saturday

    American Express has released new designs for promoting Small Business Saturday, November 28. The designs, part of its “Show Your Love” campaign, are available now in BookWeb’s DIY.

    Booksellers Plan Creative Activities, Promotions for Indies First/Small Business Saturday

    Across the country, booksellers are putting the finishing touches on festivities for Indies First, an initiative designed to celebrate local indie bookstores on Small Business Saturday, November 28.

    Around Indies

    New England bookstores set plans for Cider Monday; Inaugural Western New York Children’s Book Expo draws crowds; Vermont Book Shop to open Ollie’s Other Place; A Great Good Place marks 10 years under owner Kathleen Caldwell; Prairie Lights named best bookstore; Minnesota artist illustrates poster of local bookstores

    Act Now to Get on the Indies First Map in Time for Small Business Saturday

    Small Business Saturday (November 28) and Indies First events are just two weeks away. To ensure your visiting authors and other special activities are promoted to consumers via the Indies First map on, enter the event details now into the Indies First Activity Registry.

    New Promotional Materials for Small Business Saturday, Indies First Now on BookWeb

    Booksellers now have access to new images, logos, and other promotional materials to help publicize Small Business Saturday and Indies First. The new materials are posted in BookWeb’s Designs & Downloads.

    Orders Due November 15 for Independent Bookstore Day T-shirts and Totes

    Booksellers should place their orders now for 2016 Independent Bookstore Day tote bags and T-shirts. A sneak peek at one of the special literary-themed items that stores can order in January is also available.

    BTW News Briefs

    U.K. indies report book sales up 30 percent during “Books Are My Bag” campaign; Authors share #BooksThatHooked in Twitter campaign; HarperCollins acquires e-Book deals newsletter The Midlist

    Fact Sheet Warns of Amazon’s Negative Impact on Communities

    A fact sheet released by Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides eye-opening data that reveals how tax incentives and other assistance provided by local governments to Amazon does more harm than good to local economies.

    Study Finds States Give Most Economic Development Dollars to Large Businesses

    A study released this week by Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, found that large companies get the bulk of states’ economic development dollars.

    Bookends & Beginnings Builds Indie Culture Through Engaging Events Calendar

    To draw new customers into the store and keep current ones buzzing about its unique offerings, Bookends & Beginnings owners Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett have planned a wide array of literary, educational, and social events for this fall.

    Bookstores Encouraged to “Get on the Map!”

    As the third annual celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday approaches, bookstores are encouraged to enter their event details into the Indies First Activity Registry so their plans are publicized to consumers through’s Indies First map.

    Clinton Book Shop Owner Organizes Town’s First Harvest Festival

    Harvey Finkel, owner of The Clinton Book Shop, is coordinating Clinton, New Jersey’s first Apple ‘n’ Pumpkin Harvest Festival to be held this Sunday, October 11.

    Around Indies

    Archestratus Books sets up shop in Brooklyn; Greenlight Bookstore pops up at Play Kids; Phoenix Books holds grand opening for Rutland branch; BookPeople of Moscow celebrates anniversary of First Thursday

    Michigan’s Main Street Retailers to Compete on Level Playing Field

    Starting October 1, Amazon and other online retailers with nexus in Michigan are required to collect and remit the state’s six percent sales tax.

    Cheryl Strayed to Be 2015 Indies First Spokesperson

    Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, and the forthcoming Brave Enough, is calling on her fellow authors to show their support for independent bookstores by linking to indie websites and by signing up to be booksellers at their favorite indies on Small Business Saturday.


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