BTW Articles

16 Jul

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in May

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.7 percent in May 2019 compared to May 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of July 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.5 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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17 Jul

Indie Booksellers Celebrate Shopping Local Instead of Amazon’s Prime Day

On July 15 and 16, indie booksellers across the country came up with creative social media posts and in-store promotions to remind shoppers of the importance of local businesses.

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17 Jul

Sign Up to Join ABA’s Marketing, Technology Meetups

These live online discussions feature expert booksellers sharing tips, tricks, advice, and insight with attendees.

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17 Jul

American Booksellers Association to Take Over Management of Independent Bookstore Day

At the fall regional trade shows, ABA will host an educational program that will offer an overview of the event and tips from booksellers who have successfully made the best of the national celebration.

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16 Jul

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jenny Cohen on Her Life Among Books

Waucoma Bookstore co-owner Jenny Cohen, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a new Board member, and more.

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16 Jul

ABA Seeks Bookseller Innovators for Winter Institute Session

The hour-long “Innovation Arena” session will consist of four TEDx-style talks from booksellers who have had significant “aha!” moments over the past year.

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16 Jul

ABA Seeks Information on How Stores Ship Online Orders

The eight-question survey looks at shipping providers, packaging materials, and shipping software.

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18 Jun

Preparations Underway for Chicago Independent Bookstore Day

Nine independent bookstores in Chicago, Illinois, are preparing to welcome customers for special deals, refreshments, and free books on Chicago Independent Bookstore Day, July 12, 2014.

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10 Jul

Get in the Running for a Holiday Bookstore Bonus From James Patterson

Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can all submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current indie bookstore employee of an ABA member store.

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10 Jul

Indie Booksellers Simultaneously Reveal Cover for Adam Silvera’s “Infinity Son”

Dozens of indie booksellers unveiled the cover at 1:00 p.m. EDT this afternoon and encouraged customers to pre-order the title at their local store.

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