BTW Articles

05 Sep

Sherman Alexie Spearheads Indies First

Author Sherman Alexie has launched Indies First, a grassroots movement that calls on authors to show their support for independent booksellers by signing up to work at their favorite indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year on November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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30 May

Authors and Booksellers Celebrated at ABA’s 14th Annual Luncheon

On Thursday, May 29, booksellers gathered at ABA’s 14th annual Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Luncheon at BEA to recognize the authors and illustrators that –– over the course of the past year –– have provided inspiration, empowerment, and ultimately, the tools to change a reader’s life.

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29 May

James Patterson Announces Second Round of Grant Recipients

At Wednesday’s BEA session “Helping Bookstores, Saving Lives,” author James Patterson announced the second round of grant recipients in his campaign to give $1 million to independent bookstores over the course of the year.

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24 Apr

Free Print/Digital Subscription to Publishers Weekly Offered to ABA Members

Publishers Weekly is offering ABA member booksellers a free one-year subscription, including 51 print and digital issues as well as premium access to

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24 Apr

ABA Event Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Editors and Booksellers

ABA programming at BookExpo America 2014 includes an opportunity for editors and booksellers to come together to discuss their respective roles in turning a manuscript into a book and getting it into the hands of readers.

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18 Nov

Bookstores Find Big Benefits in New Year’s Day Sales

Want to start 2014 off on the right foot? Here, from the BTW archive, is a look at how some indie booksellers rang in New Year’s Day 2013 with a significant boost in sales and in-store traffic, while simultaneously clearing out leftover holiday merchandise and giving customers a reason to celebrate.

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08 Nov

S&S Authors Celebrate Indie Bookstores in New Video

To help spread the Shop Local message this holiday season, Simon & Schuster has created a video featuring well-known authors promoting the pleasures, and importance, of shopping at independent bookstores.

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28 Aug

ABA Offers Special for Non-Member Stores

This fall, bookstores that haven’t been members of ABA for the past two years can sign up online or at the regional shows for a free trial membership that will last until January 31, 2014. Trial membership provides an array of benefits, including access to world-class education and networking events.

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10 Jul

Simon Van Booy eBook/Print Crossover Promotion Underway

Throughout July, customers who purchase the Kobo eBook version of the new Simon Van Booy title, The Illusion of Separateness, from an ABA member store will be eligible to receive 30 percent off the Van Booy print backlist collection, thanks to a special promotion from HarperCollins.

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11 Jul

Find Waldo Local Puts the Spotlight on Independent Bookstores

Less than two weeks into a month-long celebration of Find Waldo Local, a number of participating bookstores have been featured in their local media outlets and are noticing an increase in customer traffic.

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The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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