BTW Articles

22 Jul

Online Forums Offer Opportunities for Bookseller Interaction, Idea Sharing

Changing Hands co-owner Bob Sommer has found BookWeb’s discussion forums to be a prime way to share ideas and network with his bookselling colleagues when in-person meetings are not possible.

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14 Jul

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in May

Retail sales at bookstores were up by 0.9 percent in May 2015 compared to May 2014, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
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08 Jul

Independent Bookstore Day Invites Publisher Support, Submissions

Independent Bookstore Day organizers are inviting publishers to submit proposals for merchandise with unique literary and artistic value that would inspire readers to line up outside of indie bookstores for the April 30, 2016, celebration.

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09 Jul

Downtown Revival, Creative Events Draw Customers to Kicks Mix Bookstore

One year into business, Kicks Mix Bookstore in Newark, Ohio, is finding its niche as part of a burgeoning downtown community.

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09 Jul

Former Bookseller Ken White Launches Query Books

Ken White, the former manager of San Francisco‘s Books Inc. in the Castro, has established Query Books, a publishing company that focuses on republishing significant LGBT novels, biographies, and histories.

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01 Jul

Letterpress Books Thrives in Portland, Maine

Letterpress Books, which opened in Portland, Maine, in October 2013, is seeing business increase by the day, bolstered by good word-of-mouth, Portland’s strong Buy Local movement, and its owners’ commitment to filling the diverse needs of the local community.

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30 Jun

A Q&A With Rinker Buck, Author of July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

In 2011, Rinker Buck set out in a covered wagon to navigate the historic Oregon Trail, a trip he chronicles in The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. Here, Buck discusses some of the surprises he encountered on his adventure and the passion that prompted his journey.

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30 Jun

Bicycling for Charity: Chuck Robinson Shares Highlights From the Road

During a 2,400-mile cross-country bicycling tour to raise money for three charities, Village Books co-owner Chuck Robinson is visiting with friends old and new, popping into bookstores, and tackling tough terrain.

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01 Jul

On-Air Send-Off Celebrates Suzy Staubach

In honor of Suzy Staubach’s retirement from UConn Co-op, The Wayne Norman Show invited authors Wally Lamb, Lynn Bloom, Sam Pickering, and Bruce Cohen to share their favorite memories of Staubach and the bookstore.

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25 Jun

Faces of ABA: Meet the Membership and Marketing Department

In the first installment of a series on ABA’s staff and their roles in supporting indie booksellers, the Membership and Marketing team talks about its work in providing information and resources to members, developing indie-focused marketing campaigns, and meeting booksellers at ABA events.

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