BTW Articles

21 Jul

Sidelines That Sell

Standout sidelines – whether they’re laminated stamp bookmarks, quality fair trade journals, or flip toys – usually sell themselves.

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15 Sep

Coffee With a Bookseller at Warwick’s

On the second Tuesday morning of every month, Warwick’s hosts “Coffee With a Bookseller.” The store serves free coffee and scones, and staff member Seth Marko leads customers on a “casual, informal journey” through new releases and Warwick’s staff picks.

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28 Oct

Durham Goes Bullish on Indies

Durham, North Carolina, is getting its own local first organization thanks to the efforts of The Regulator Bookshop’s Tom Campbell. Independent Durham already has more than 20 retailer members and will launch its first campaign the week after Thanksgiving.

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21 Dec

Holiday Scenes at Indie Booksellers

Here’s a photo gallery of several bookstores across the country dressed up for the holidays.

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21 Jul

Celebrating 30 Years of Murder and Mayhem

Since McKenna Jordan bought Houston's Murder By the Book last year, she's had a lot to celebrate. Despite the recession, business is up 10 percent, and in August the store will mark its 30th anniversary.

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16 Sep

Retail Bookstore Sales Slip in July

July retail sales at bookstores slipped for the fourth month in a row. July 2010 sales were off by 2.35 percent, compared with July 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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28 Oct

Four Bookstores Celebrate Milestone Birthdays

Indie bookstores celebrating big anniversaries this fall include Texas’ BookPeople (40), Kansas’ Rainy Day Books (35), California’s Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop (25), and Pennsylvania’s Mystery Lovers Bookshop (20).

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06 Jan

ABA Senior Staff Help for the Holidays

In what’s become an annual tradition, several ABA senior staff members volunteered at member stores during the 2010 holiday crunch. Their goal was to help out wherever needed and to gather information about bookselling on the frontlines.

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22 Jul

Bluestockings: Books, Events, and Activism on NYC's Lower East Side

With its nightly readings, fair trade café, comfortable couches, and 8,000 titles largely focused on women/LGBTQ/genderqueer issues, Bluestockings has established itself as an indispensable New York cultural venue.

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16 Sep

Roebling Point Bookstore to Open This Fall

Keen Communications, the Covington, Kentucky-based publisher of imprints Menasha Ridge Press, Wilderness Press, and Clerisy Press, will soon be opening a general bricks-and-mortar bookstore.

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