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    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.

    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


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