BTW Articles

17 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of September 11, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.77 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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17 Sep

ABA Heads to NCIBA Trade Show

Join ABA staff on Saturday, September 21, for the new education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success.”

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17 Sep

Penguin Random House Commences Two-Day Transit Program

For the eighth consecutive year, orders received from independent booksellers by 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday will ship for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days.

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11 Sep

Green Apple Books Buys Browser Books

“We’re proud to help shepherd the beloved Browser Books into the future,” said Green Apple’s Pete Mulvihill, who co-owns the store with Kevin Hunsanger. 

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10 Sep

Maria’s Bookshop Celebrates 35 Years in Business

Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado, is thanking its community on its 35th anniversary with a celebration of the rich history of the shop and a commitment to an exciting future.

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11 Sep

Word Up Partners With Lin-Manuel Miranda, AmEx to Give Away Books

Emmanuel Abreu, a volunteer at Word Up, said Miranda “doesn’t just appreciate his neighborhood, but he supports local shops and community organizations all the time. And we truly appreciate that.”

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11 Sep

Bookmarks Hosts Its Inaugural Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Bookmarks’ WRBG book club will meet again on October 21 to discuss Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, one of the titles chosen for all WRBG book clubs to read that month.

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10 Sep

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Appears at Booksellers Association Conference in U.K.

During the event, Teicher reflected on his career in bookselling, shared his thoughts about the future, and received an award for his contribution to independent bookselling.

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