BTW Articles

19 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 2.3 percent in September 2019 compared to September 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of November 13, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up 0.11 percent over 2018.

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31 Oct

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

Once again, BTW offers our annual list of preparations to help booksellers manage day-to-day operations and keep things running smoothly during the holiday shopping season.

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31 Oct

(Northern) California Independent Booksellers Association Welcomes New Board Members

New voting members include Mary Williams of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, Mimi Hannan of La Playa Books in San Diego, and Bridget Schinnerer of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

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31 Oct

Signup Underway: Join the Exclusive Cover Reveal for Christopher Moore’s “Shakespeare for Squirrels”

Booksellers can sign up by Tuesday, November 12, to participate in the Shakespeare for Squirrels cover reveal. HarperCollins will provide everything participating stores need to help them easily spread the message.

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30 Oct

Winter Institute Keynotes to Spotlight a Range of Industry Voices

Booksellers will hear from Ryan Raffaelli, Rebecca Solnit, Jenny Boylan, W. Paul Coates, and more, and a special program on the final day will feature a conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds.

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30 Oct

Booksellers Invited to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Christopher Moore’s “Shakespeare for Squirrels”

On Wednesday, November 13, indie booksellers will unveil the book jacket for bestselling author Christopher Moore’s upcoming novel and invite customers to pre-order the book through their stores.

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29 Oct

University Press Week Kicks Off November 3

Emphasizing the role that scholarly publishers can play in moving conversations forward on critical and complex issues, the theme for this year’s University Press Week is “Read. Think. Act.”

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29 Oct

Important Independent Bookstore Day Dates and Deadlines

The 2020 Independent Bookstore Day, an all-day celebration of independent bookstores across the nation, will take place on April 25.

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29 Oct

Registration Underway for Special Events and Programs at Winter Institute

Registration is open now for a range of special events, including bookstore tours, appointments with publishers, advanced education sessions, a bookselling boot camp, and more.

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09 Oct

Registration Opens October 29 for Special Events at Winter Institute

Events include an antitrust symposium, bookstore tours, bookseller boot camps, publisher meetings, and special educational sessions.

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