New Business Models

    Bike-Riding Book Peddler Takes on New Orleans

    Veronica Brooks-Sigler is putting a new spin on the bookmobile while she saves up for a bricks-and-mortar store in her home state of Connecticut.

    Dundee Book Company, a Mobile Bookstore, Rolls Into Omaha Literary Community

    Omaha, Nebraska, couple Ted and Nicole Wheeler have launched the Dundee Book Company, a mobile bookstore selling titles by local authors, books from indie presses, and the best new literary writing.

    Around Indies

    Bookmarks literary nonprofit opens bookstore; Bookie’s relocates, creates events space; Raven Book Store changes hands; BookStacks, Blue Ridge Books mark anniversaries; Kepler’s launches nonprofit literary foundation; Watermark Books teams with police to deliver books

    Riffraff, a Bookstore/Bar, to Open in Providence

    Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge will open Riffraff, a bookstore/bar, in Providence, Rhode Island’s artsy West Side neighborhood later this year.

    Communicating With Our Community: A Letter From Outgoing ABA President Betsy Burton

    In her final letter as ABA president, Betsy Burton reflects on years of constructive communication between ABA and individual publishers.

    Candlewick Introduces New Backlist Sales Program for Indies

    Candlewick Press is launching CHIRP Evergreen, an initiative that provides indie bookstores with a unique opportunity to reintroduce titles from Candlewick’s award-winning backlist to their customers.

    New Nonprofit Bookstore Employs Workers With Disabilities

    John Horgan and Jim Ingalls are the co-founders of The First Chapter, a nonprofit bookstore in Leominster, Massachusetts, that employs people with disabilities to teach them vocational skills.

    Digital Book World Panel Explores Question “Will Bars Save Bookstores?”

    At the Digital Book World panel “Will Bars Save Bookstores?” representatives of the bookselling and publishing industries discussed strategies that are helping bookstores not only survive but also thrive.

    Minneapolis Arts and Business Leaders to Share Insights on Creating a Thriving Literary Community

    Minneapolis’ literary community was given a visible presence when three literary organizations came together in 2000 to launch Open Book, a cultural and artistic center dedicated to the book.

    Magic City Books to Open in Tulsa in Early 2017

    Magic City Books, a project of the nonprofit Tulsa Literary Coalition, will offer a curated book collection as well as author appearances, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

    HarperCollins Announces New Backlist Program for U.S. Indies

    A new HarperCollins backlist program will reward and support independent retailers that maintain a varied selection of backlist titles specific to the store’s strengths and customer base.

    Diamond Book Distributors Offers Free Freight

    Effective November 1, Diamond Book Distributors will be offering, as an ongoing special offer, free freight on independent bookstore orders placed by accounts within the contiguous U.S.

    HarperCollins Holiday Express Program Begins October 31

    Independent booksellers in the U.S. can take advantage of the HarperCollins 2016 Holiday Express Shipping Program from Monday, October 31, through Friday, January 13, 2017.

    Penguin Random House Launches Expanded Holiday Two-Day Shipping

    On October 3, Penguin Random House launched its two-day transit shipping program for the holiday season, one month earlier than in previous years.

    Around Indies

    Midtown Reader to open November 12; McNally Jackson to open new store in Greenwich Village; Kepler’s unique business model profiled; Bookshop Santa Cruz dedicates second  reading bench; Two indies honored as the “best”


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