BTW Articles

30 Oct

Booksellers Find Benefits in Offering Free and Discounted Shipping

For many online shoppers, high shipping charges from retailers are a deal breaker. Increasingly, retailers large and small — including indie booksellers — are taking a close look at their policies in order to respond to consumer preferences.

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23 Oct

Curious Iguana Goes Global With Donations Under Innovative Business Model

Since its opening in September 2013, Curious Iguana in Frederick, Maryland, has donated more than $10,000 to international charities through its operations as a benefit corporation.

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23 Oct

Handler Partners With The Booksmith on Upstream

Following his announcement of the Upstream initiative last week, Daniel Handler will be working with The Booksmith to provide customers with signed copies of his titles.

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23 Oct

Order Now to Receive Special Indies First Publisher Offers

Booksellers must order by October 31 to take advantage of special terms from publishers who are showing their support for the Indies First campaign with unique offers on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles.

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16 Oct

Order Now: Limited-Edition Independent Bookstore Day Tote Designed by Roz Chast

Through October 30, booksellers can order a canvas tote bag designed by cartoonist Roz Chast for Independent Bookstore Day, to be held on a national level on May 2, 2015.

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15 Oct

Daniel Handler Launches Upstream Initiative in Support of Indie Bookstores

To encourage even more authors to support Indies First, author Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, has unveiled Upstream, an initiative inviting writers nationwide to partner with independent bookstores to sign stock of their books to keep on hand.

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16 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in August

Retail sales at bookstores were up by 3.4 percent in August 2014 compared to August 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
 
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07 Oct

Baker & Taylor Launches Indie Retail Website

Baker & Taylor has created its new Indie Retail website with the goal of making all of the company’s resources easily accessible to booksellers through one central location. 

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09 Oct

Record-Breaking Number of Publishers Support Winter Institute 10

The American Booksellers Association’s 10th annual Winter Institute is made possible by the generous support of Ingram Content Group, the event’s lead sponsor, with additional support from more than 60 publishers large and small. 

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08 Oct

Preparing for the Transition to EMV Chip Cards Next Fall

The credit card industry is in the midst of transitioning to a chip card technology system in order to combat rising reports of fraud. By October 2015, retailers must be equipped with new card terminals at their points of sale or potentially be held liable for fraudulent purchases.

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