BTW Articles

12 Apr

Tech Talk: Keeping Your Website Up to Date

Christine Onorati of WORD and Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore offer tips to increase online sales and to ensure your customers know that your website is always open for business.

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24 Mar

Russo’s: Smaller Store, Bigger Impact

In an era of retail when bigger isn’t necessarily better, Russo's Books in Bakersfield, California, has lopped off about one-third of its footprint. Customer response has been overwhelmingly positive.

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09 May

Booksellers Discover New Products at MSA’s Retail Conference & Expo

Booksellers who attended the Museum Store Association’s recent Retail Conference & Expo found the event, which focused on non-book products, a worthwhile complement to BEA.

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23 Jun

Expanded Awareness

Last week, Shelf Awareness expanded into new territory with the launch of a consumer edition that will provide 25 reviews of the best books published during the week as chosen by industry insiders, in addition to news, interviews, and other special features.

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01 Sep

Booksellers Deal With Aftereffects of Hurricane Irene

Most bookstores on the East Coast survived Hurricane Irene intact and were able to reopen within a day or so, but several were severely damaged, including North Carolina’s Manteo Booksellers and Vermont’s Bartleby’s Books.

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24 Mar

Google Settlement Goes Back to Drawing Board

This week, Judge Denny Chin rejected Google’s Amended Settlement Agreement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, but left the door open for approval if changes were made.

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11 May

A Q&A With Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood discusses the book industry in flux and what happens when the “oldest human technology” is filtered through the new. BEA attendees will have the opportunity to learn more of Atwood’s thoughts on changes in the book industry at an ABA Day of Education Plenary session, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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29 Jun

North Dakota Bookseller Deals With Flood’s Aftermath

After record flooding in Minot, North Dakota, one third of the city is under water, but Val Stadick’s home and her bookstore, Main Street Books, are dry. Stadick is focusing her energy on helping friends and neighbors, but she also worries about the future of her business.

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08 Sep

Random House Catalogs to Go Paperless

Random House Children’s and Random House Adult catalogs will be going digital only, beginning with their Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 lists, respectively. The change ensures the catalog information will be “more up-to-the-minute, and thus more viable, practical, and useful,” said Ruth Liebmann, vice president, director, account marketing, Random House, Inc.

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30 Mar

Customers Take the “Five More Books” Pledge

Sandi Torkildson recently figured that if A Room of One’s Own sold just five more books a day, it could comfortably commit to a new lease.

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