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11 Jul

Affinity Program Offers Discount on ChicoBags

ABA bookstore members are eligible to receive a discount on standard and custom orders from ChicoBag, the manufacturer of reusable, stylish, and eco-friendly bags that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, fabrics, and colors. 

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11 Jul

Booksellers See Opportunity in Business-to-Business Sales

Looking to increase revenue and bring in new customers on top of their regular, in-store business, a number of indie booksellers are turning toward business-to-business sales — large-quantity book sales to companies and organizations.

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02 Jul

Penguin Random House Emerges

The merger of Penguin and Random House into one company, Penguin Random House, was completed on Monday, July 1. Bertelsmann, the parent company of Random House, owns 53 percent of the new venture, and Pearson, the parent of Penguin, owns 47 percent.

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03 Jul

The Bennington Bookshop Celebrates 85 Years

The Bennington Bookshop on Main Street in Bennington, Vermont, is celebrating its 85th year in business and proudly calls itself the oldest independent bookshop in Vermont.

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27 Jun

Increase Online Selling Power With Alibris/Monsoon Commerce Solutions

ABA has developed an affinity partnership with Alibris/Monsoon Commerce Solutions, which gives member stores an exclusive discount on services assisting in the sale of books online.

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26 Jun

Voices of Social Media in Conversation at BEA

ABA’s educational session “Being Social: Reaching Your Customers and Community” at BookExpo America 2013 welcomed four panelists, who discussed using social media to enhance the communications reach of independent stores. 

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20 Jun

Binc Extends Bookseller Assistance to Include Utility Shut-Off Prevention

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has extended its reach to provide utility shut-off prevention to bookstore employees facing personal financial hardship.

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19 Jun

Find Waldo Local Drives Foot Traffic to Indie Stores in July

Bookstores and businesses in neighborhoods across the country will be promoting the shop local message by celebrating Find Waldo Local during the month of July. 

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10 Jun

Tour Provides a Peek Into the Lives of Children’s Book Illustrators

Members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA participated in Illustrator Studio Tours, sponsored by the ABC Group and the Children’s Book Council, on Wednesday, May 29, at BEA. Illustrators including You Byun, Tad Hills, Paul Hoppe, Kate Yamasaki, and Betsy and Ted Lewin welcomed booksellers into their studios.

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10 Jun

Panelists Offer Insights on Planning for a Second Location

At ABA’s education session “How to Plan for a Second Location” at BEA, a panel of experienced booksellers shared their experiences of starting a new venture, including determining when to expand, arranging startup capital, finding a location, coordinating staff, managing inventory, and handling POS and store logistics. 

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