BTW Articles

09 Dec

Califon’s Castle: A Magical Experience

Califon Book Shop’s handmade seven-foot, rotating castle, composed of cardboard, twine, sticks, and fairy lights,  attracts holiday shoppers and leaves the town’s youngest residents in awe.

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10 Feb

A Day for Divas to Shop Local

To boost Oskaloosa, Iowa’s buy local movement, Nancy Simpson of the Book Vault has partnered with other indie businesses to offer “A Day for Divas,” an afternoon of shopping, sampling, and indulging.

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08 Jul

Pannell Award-Winning Little Shop of Stories Turns Five

Decatur's Little Shop of Stories, which turned five on July 1, is celebrating with a  party and a special month-long promotion.

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01 Sep

Gulf Coast Booksellers Optimistic for Fall

Six weeks after the capping of the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, booksellers along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama reported varying effects on their businesses, but all said they were looking forward to the fall season.

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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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09 Dec

Indie Booksellers on Google eBooks: We’re Now in the Digital Game

On December 6, ABA announced that member stores with IndieCommerce websites could sell Google eBooks™ online. Booksellers from New York to California talked to BTW this week about what Google eBooks mean for their businesses and the perception of independent bookstores.

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10 Feb

Indies Partner to Open Store in Former Waldenbooks

Indie booksellers Susan Novotny and David Didriksen have teamed with Jeff Levy, owner of Wakefield Mall in Wakefield, Rhode Island, to open a new bookstore in a former Waldenbooks location.

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14 Jul

Harper’s Magazine “New Books” Columnist on His New Relationship With Indie Bookstores

Harper's Magazine  “New Books” columnist Benjamin Moser talks about his new column and why he's making his reviews available to indie booksellers via

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02 Sep

San Diego Indies Provide Newspaper Book Reviews

When the San Diego Union Tribune cut its coverage of arts and books, several area booksellers stepped in to provide the newspaper with book-related content.

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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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