BTW Articles

05 May

Diesel, A Bookstore Hosts Community Discussion

Last week, Diesel, A Bookstore invited customers to its Oakland location for a community dialogue about the worth, and the future, of independent bookstores. Support among the 45 people who attended the event “was strong and heartfelt,” said Diesel co-owner John Evans.

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22 Jun

Google Launches eBooks Affiliate Program

The Google eBooks™ Affiliate Program allows retailers and other website owners to link to hundreds of thousands of titles in the Google eBookstore and earn a commission for referring sales.

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25 Aug

Workman Gives Booksellers a Square Deal

This September, Workman Publishing launches The Square Deal, a program that blends its bestselling backlist with a standout display and generous terms.

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16 Jun

Retail Bookstore Sales Down in April

April retail sales at bookstores were down by 5.07 percent, compared with April 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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29 Jul

Xtreme! Provides a Unique View of Retailing

Scott Meyer of Merritt Books in Millbrook, New York, and ABA COO Len Vlahos were among the participants in the National Association of College Stores' Xtreme! 2010 retail education program in Boston last week.

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22 Sep

New ABA Dues Structure to Benefit New Stores

ABA recently announced the launch of a new dues structure set to go into effect on February 1. The changes include two new dues categories with reduced dues – used bookstores and new stores. The new stores category includes both newly opened stores and new members.

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11 Nov

A Real Bookstore Set to Open Next Week

Owner Teri Tanner will celebrate the opening of a Real Bookstore in Fairview, Texas, on November 18 with a weekend full of special events. The general interest bookstore, which features an expanded children’s section, will focus a good part of its marketing efforts on outreach to schools.

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13 Jan

Blending Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Shopping

IndieCommerce stores are finding creative ways to market Google eBooks™, including using QR codes on shelf-talkers to promote sales.

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17 Jun

Community Support for Giovanni's Room Continues

Last summer, Giovanni’s Room asked customers for help with a large-scale renovation. Not only did the Philadelphia bookstore get overwhelming support from both customers and authors, but their support has also been ongoing.

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05 Aug

Publishers' New Programs, Special Offers Aim to Help Indie Booksellers

Looking to help indie booksellers weather the stalled economy and shrinking credit access, some publishers and distributors are offering new programs and favorable terms, including backlist specials, extended dating, and targeted promotional materials.

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