BTW Articles

13 Nov

Readers Take the #LoveYourBookstore Challenge on Social Media

Readers around the country are sharing their love for indies across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here are some of the highlights.

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14 Nov

Around Indies

Old Town Books, Barbara’s Bookstore scheduled to open; Powell’s celebrates anniversary at PDX; Source Booksellers awarded $10,000; Village Books remodeled; Watching Books and da Pepo announce partnership; Wild Geese Bookshop, Cavalier House Books featured in news; Toadstool Bookshops prepare for Cider Monday; {pages} a bookstore launches book club; Staff changes at Bookshop Santa Cruz

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13 Nov

Constant Contact Rebates to be Sent to 150 Stores

An e-mail informing ABA member stores about their annual Constant Contact rebates was delivered on Friday, November 9.

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14 Nov
Line art of Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Asking Authors to Link to Indies

Sue Roegge of Chapter2Books shared some tips on how to ask authors to link their books to IndieBound instead of Amazon.

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13 Nov
ABA education

Marketing Meetup Recap: Making the Most of Co-op Advertising

Guest speakers Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore, Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books, and Gwyn Ridenhour of Matchbook Marketing discussed how they manage publisher co-op funds.

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12 Nov
Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan on Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Girls of Paper and Fire”

Girls of Paper and Fire, like its dauntless heroine, is destined for greatness,” said Kiersten Acker of Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

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06 Nov
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Copperfield’s to Open in DIESEL’s Former Marin Country Mart Location

Copperfield’s Books decided to open a new store in Larkspur because it would like to continue the independent bookstore legacy previously upheld by DIESEL, said Copperfield’s President Paul Jaffe.

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07 Nov
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What’s in a Name?: The Barn Owl Books & Gifts

"The image of a barn owl kept coming up for me," said co-owner Amy Cooper, recounting how she and her husband came up with the name for the store.

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06 Nov

Changing Hands Offers Professional Development to its Booksellers

Changing Hands co-owner Cindy Dach wanted to help the stores’ booksellers learn skills that could be used in both the industry and beyond, so she launched a series of educational sessions on a range of topics.

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07 Nov
ABA education

Education in Depth: Five Indies on the Importance of Regular Store Inventories

“It’s a daunting task, but very worth it. Planning and auditing are key,” said Vroman’s President/CEO Allison Hill.

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