BTW Articles

17 Sep

Nielsen Children’s Book Summit Highlights Strong and Growing Industry

At Wednesday’s Nielsen Children’s Book Summit, publishers, booksellers, and readers gathered to discuss industry trends and insights. Among the event’s panels was one featuring indie booksellers, which focused on the importance of bricks-and-mortar retailing to the children’s book market.

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15 Sep

Papercuts J.P.’s Layte to Discuss Indie Vitality and Importance at TEDx Talk

On October 3, Kate Layte, owner of Papercuts J.P. in Boston, will be one of 20 speakers and performers taking part in a TEDx Talk on the theme of Joy & Purpose.

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15 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in July

Retail sales at bookstores were up by 5.9 percent in July 2015 compared to July 2014, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
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10 Sep

Campaign Seeks Donations for Child Refugee Charity

Last week, author Patrick Ness launched a fundraiser to support Save the Children, a U.K.-based charity assisting children caught in the current refugee crisis. Contributions have come from publishers and authors, plus one bookseller who is challenging fellow indies to donate. 

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08 Sep

Voting on Proposed Bylaws Change to Open September 16

In a recent interview with BTW, ABA President Betsy Burton encouraged booksellers to make plans to vote on a proposed amendment to the ABA’s bylaws that would raise the number of members on the association’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11.

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28 Aug

A Q&A With Bill Clegg, Author of September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Did You Ever Have a Family, the first novel by bestselling memoirist Bill Clegg, “is the sort of work scholars are referring to when they explain why literature and the novel are so vitally important to our understanding of the human condition,” said Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop.

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27 Aug

Turn of the Corkscrew to Bring Books and Wine to Long Island

Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieran, two former Borders employees with a combined 35 years in the book business, are opening Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine in Rockville Centre, New York, next month.

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26 Aug

Dr. John Sherlock to Share Actionable Steps to Address Human Resources Challenges

Dr. John Sherlock, who will be leading two ABA Human Resources Workshops this fall, discusses why it is imperative for bookstore owners and managers to implement a human resources strategy. His session on HR at this year’s Winter Institute was very highly praised by booksellers.

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05 Aug

Human Resources Expert John Sherlock to Offer Workshops on Essentials

Dr. John Sherlock, who will lead ABA’s two Human Resources Workshops being held in conjunction with the PNBA and NEIBA fall trade shows, presented a highly praised HR session at Winter Institute earlier this year, which bookseller Vicky Titcomb called “the highlight of the entire conference.”

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20 Aug

Don’t Miss Out: Register Now for Fall Workshops on Human Resources for Small Businesses

Booksellers will learn best practices and practical strategies for managing personnel issues and workplace policies at two Human Resources Workshops this October. Both programs will be presented by Dr. John Sherlock, the educator who led the highly praised HR session at Winter Institute 10.

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