BTW Articles

17 Sep

Left Bank Books Facilitates Community Dialogue With #FergusonReads

Located just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, Left Bank Books is initiating the #FergusonReads book group to help foster discussions about the recent shooting of Michael Brown Jr.

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18 Sep

Broadcast the Indies First Message With New Designs

To help booksellers spread the spirit of the ever-growing Indies First campaign, ABA has created brand-new Indies First designs, which can be used to create in-store materials and to promote the movement online.

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15 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at bookstores were down by 5.1 percent in July 2014 compared to July 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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11 Sep

Time to Get Organized: The Indies First Movement Expands

The Indies First movement has grown into a full-time campaign with plenty of ways for ABA members to participate. This year’s celebration of all things local will again feature a variety of special offers from publishers, author events, and more. In addition, in response to booksellers’ input, the program’s message to consumers has been strengthened and streamlined and the participation process is easier.

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04 Sep

Politics & Prose Does Indies Proud at National Book Festival

Being the sole bookseller for the 14th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival “far exceeded our expectations,” said Politics & Prose co-owner Bradley Graham.

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04 Sep

Bookends & Beginnings Creates a Community Gathering Place

Husband-and-wife team Jeff Garrett and Nina Barrett welcomed their first customers through the doors of Bookends & Beginnings earlier this year and the store is now well on its way to becoming a welcoming social space for the surrounding community. 

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04 Sep

David Mitchell Talks About The Bone Clocks, September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

David Mitchell, the author of The Bone Clocks, recently spoke with Bookselling This Week about the inspiration for his latest bestseller, some of the characters readers might recognize from previous novels, and his own experience working in a bookstore.

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27 Aug

Napa Bookstores Clean Up, Assess Damage Following Earthquake

Copperfield’s Books’ Napa branch and Napa Bookmine are on the mend after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked both stores and sent hundreds of books tumbling to their floors. 

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21 Aug

BookPeople’s Bookstore Day Strikes Chord With Local Community

BookPeople’s first National Bookstore Day for the BookPeople Nation celebrated the local spirit of Austin, Texas, during one of the store’s quieter sales seasons. “We got terrific local press,” said co-owner Steve Bercu, and “we were the number-one pick in the daily paper for what to do over the weekend.”

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20 Aug

Videos, Handouts From Institute Sessions Bring Learning to the Bookstore

As a benefit of ABA membership, booksellers have unlimited access to all session videos and handouts from 2014’s ABC Children’s Institute, as well as handouts and select videos from Winter Institute 9 and other educational resources. 

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