BTW Articles

04 Dec

Bookstores Shine on Second Annual Indies First

The second annual Indies First on Small Business Saturday marked the kickoff of the holiday shopping season for Main Street businesses, and with more than 420 bookstores hosting 1,200-plus author volunteers on Saturday, November 29, independent booksellers across the nation were celebrating in full swing. 

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25 Nov

Booksellers to Host Record Number of Authors for Indies First

Just days ahead of the November 29 celebration of Small Business Saturday, more than 1,200 authors have signed on to support their local bookstores for Indies First, and more than 250 authors are partnering with bookstores under the Upstream initiative.

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25 Nov

Join the Conversation: Visit ABA’s Bookseller Forums Today

Booksellers are invited to take a look at the many conversations happening in BookWeb’s Bookseller Forums, where members go to discuss topics ranging from social media best practices to IndieCommerce to plans for the upcoming Winter Institute.

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12 Nov

Act Now to Pair Up With Authors for Exciting Indies First Events

Booksellers are snatching up big names and popular local writers to add to their event rosters for Indies First, Small Business Saturday, and/or Upstream. And the list of authors and illustrators who are hoping to team with an independent bookstore continues to grow.

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06 Nov

Indie Retailers to Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

On Neighborhood Toy Store Day, this Saturday, November 8, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association members — including California’s BookSmart and Virginia’s Givens Books & Little Dickens — will be celebrating the joy of play and the importance of shopping locally.

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06 Nov

Book Passage Develops Plans to Highlight Upstream Partnerships

From his unique perspective as both a bookseller and an author, Book Passage co-owner Bill Petrocelli has identified several ways that booksellers can take action to promote the Upstream program and to feature their ongoing relationships with authors.

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06 Nov

A Q&A With Alan Cumming, Author of November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

In his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, actor Alan Cumming shares the details of his difficult youth and the discovery of his family’s true history. Cumming recently spoke to BTW about the decision to share his story.

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30 Oct

ABA, We Need Diverse Books Partner to Offer Resources and Education

ABA and the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books are working together on educational kits for bookstores, learning opportunities at the Winter Institute, and other efforts to keep the need for non-majority narratives in the spotlight.

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30 Oct

A Q&A With Small Business Saturday’s Katie Washington

Katie Washington, director of Shop Small and Small Business Saturday at American Express OPEN, talks about the origins of the program, new resources available to participating businesses, and what makes the event so popular.

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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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