New Business Models

    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”

    Around Indies

    Books and Crannies opens in Virginia; Milkweed Books holds grand opening; Let’s Play Books! grows, goes general-interest; Spellbound debuts kids’ reading room; A Room of One’s Own explores co-op model; Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan honored; Scuppernong’s “Ask a Muslim Anything” events spark conversation

    Macmillan to Offer Expedited Shipping October Through December

    Macmillan Publishers will be implementing expedited shipping for independent retailers’ reorders from October 3 through December 23, 2016.

    Minneapolis Co-op Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Improve Neighborhood

    The NorthEast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis demonstrates how neighbors can work together to encourage investment in the community, helping increase economic activity in the area so small businesses can thrive.

    Four-Eyed Frog Books Becomes Community-Owned

    Twenty-three community members in the small Northern California town of Gualala recently became the owners of Four-Eyed Frog Books. The new shareholders are a diverse group, but all have a passion for keeping the bookstore open and thriving.

    South Carolina Calligraphy Store Expands Book Offerings

    Bobbi Hahn, owner of calligraphy art and gift store By Hand, Ink in Hilton Head, South Carolina, recently expanded her store’s book offerings after moving to a larger space within the Shops at Sea Pines Center.

    Daybreak Press Global Bookshop Creates Hub for Community Dialogue

    Daybreak Press Global Bookshop in Minneapolis provides a safe space where people from all walks of life can safely come together to share their passions, learn from one another, and engage with complex social issues.

    Libro.fm Offers Digital Audiobook Platform for Bookstores

    A new online platform created by the Seattle-based technology company Libro.fm allows independent bookstores to offer digital audiobooks to their customers through cobranded online storefronts.

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