BTW Articles

11 Jan

Waldo Comes to Main Street

Candlewick Press and ABA are partnering to bring “Find Waldo Local” to Main Street USA this July. Indie booksellers nationwide are invited to host a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo throughout local businesses. The community-wide event was developed to help spread the Shop Local message.

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05 Jan

Holiday Sales Bring Good Cheer

December brought double-digit sales improvements to some indie booksellers, increased online sales to others, and the reversal of a negative trend to another.

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21 Dec

Google Staff Members to Take Part in Winter Institute

Representatives of Google will take part in next month’s Winter Institute at two sessions on Google Analytics and at the Ask ABA Table at the Consultation Station, all on Thursday, January 19.

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21 Dec

Northshire Turns to Solar Power

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, now features an array of photovoltaic panels on its roof. The 16-kilowatt PV system, slated to be online by the end of the year, will supply approximately 10 percent of Northshire’s electric needs.

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15 Dec

Because Amazon Can’t Keep You Warm on a Friday Night”

Here’s a roundup of some of the reaction from booksellers, authors, and the media to last weekend’s promotion for the Amazon price comparison app.

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14 Dec

Richard Russo Takes on Amazon App in New York Times Op-Ed

On Monday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Richard Russo, who, along with several other bestselling authors, criticized Amazon’s new price check app.

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08 Dec

Around Indies

Common Good Books to move to Macalester College; The Galaxy Bookshop heads to Main Street; Former story-hour kids return as river’s end booksellers; 4 Kids holds successful Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day; Accent on Books thanks customers; The Clintons shop (and sign) local; Boswell’s Stacie Michelle Williams rocks

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07 Dec

NBA Winner Jesmyn Ward on the Importance of Indies, Salvage the Bones & More

At this year’s National Book Awards ceremony, fiction winner Jesmyn Ward thanked Mississippi independent booksellers for helping Salvage the Bones find its readership. Here, Ward talks about the role of indies in advocating for her work, her Mississippi background, and her upcoming memoir.

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01 Dec

Sales Up at Many Indies Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Big or small, three years old or 100-plus, many independent bookstores reported robust sales for Black Friday weekend, ranging from five to 250 percent over the same period last year.

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22 Nov

Drabyak Fellowship Winner Named

Emily Adams, buyer and book club coordinator at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington, has been named the winner of the second annual Joe Drabyak Frontline Fellowship, sponsored by Workman Publishing.

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