BTW Articles

06 Oct

ABA President Discusses the “Bookstore of Tomorrow” at Gothenburg Book Fair

ABA President and Books Inc. co-owner Michael Tucker and Books Inc. co-owner Margie Scott Tucker were invited to speak at the Gothenburg Book Fair’s “Bookstore of Tomorrow” panel. The 26th annual Gothenburg Book Fair took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 23 to September 26.

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06 Oct

At Last Week’s Regional Shows

Here are a few scenes from last week's New England Independent Booksellers Association and Midwest Booksellers Association trade shows.

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06 Oct

The November 2010 Indie Next List Preview

Here's a preview of the November Indie Next List, as well as the month's Notables and "Now in Paperback" titles.

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14 Oct

Coffee Talk: Booksellers on the Pros and Cons of Bookstore Cafés – Part I

Whether looking for a way to increase margin, responding to customers’ pleas for caffeine, or just because coffee and books are such a natural, booksellers have been including cafés in their bookstores for years. But are they worth it? The majority of booksellers who spoke to BTW say they can be.

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14 Oct

In Memory: Carla Cohen

Carla Cohen, founder and co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., died on October 11 of cancer. She was 74 years old.

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21 Oct

Coffee Talk: Booksellers on the Pros and Cons of Bookstore Cafés – Part II

Six indie booksellers offer insights on how a café can benefit the entire bookstore, its effect on the bottom line, and whether – after tallying all the added responsibilities and costs – they still think adding a café was a good idea.

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21 Oct

Retail Bookstore Sales Drop Again in August

August 2010 sales were off by 6.5 percent, compared with August 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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21 Oct

MSNBC Profiles Bookstore With an Emphasis on Job Fulfillment

MSNBC’s Your Business recently profiled Jonah and Ellen Zimilies, owners of Words bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey, who instituted a “change of management” style that emphasized capitalizing on staff skills or “job crafting.”

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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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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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