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19 Nov
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Technology Meetup Recap: Task Management/Staff Communication Tools

During the meetup, booksellers discussed the tools they use for staff communication and task management, including Slack, Trello, Asana, and BiTrix24.

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13 Nov

Around Indies

Book Club, Charm City now open; Drama Book Shop to reopen; Griffin Bay, A Cappella celebrate anniversaries; Left Bank wins CWEA Renaissance Award; Personnel changes at Book Revue; Charis, Firestorm, river's end, Vroman's, Book Passage featured in local news. 

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11 Nov
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What’s in a Name? Mind Chimes Bookshop

Laura Lowry, owner of the new Mind Chimes Bookshop in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, said the store's name represents "the experience of being inspired while reading, the sort of sudden inspiration you get while reading — that has always been important to me as a reader.”

 
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11 Nov
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Marketing Meetup Recap: How to Determine Your Marketing Budget

Guest speakers at the meetup included Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates; Alana Haley of Schuler Books; and Ari Gersen of Longfellow Books. Additional information was provided by P.K. Sindwani of Towne Book Center.

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11 Nov
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Love Your Bookstore Challenge Currently Underway

The second annual Love Your Bookstore Challenge is currently in progress and will last until Friday, November 17.

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06 Nov

Downbound Books to Bring Community-Curated Collection to Cincinnati

Downbound Books in Cincinnati, Ohio, specializes in small press fiction; nonfiction works on history, politics, and the social sciences; books on craft; cookbooks; and picture books.

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30 Oct

Around Indies

Epilogue to host soft opening; Next Chapter, Mind Chimes, Downbound now open; Breakwater under new ownership; Penguin, Left Bank, Buttonwood, Roundabout celebrate anniversaries; Joe’s Place owners to retire; Books of Wonder to move; New store to open in Moosterious Emporium space; Raven Book Store publishes zine; WORD launches Instagram video series; Best of Books, Alabama Booksmith, Little Professor, Thank You featured in local news. 

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29 Oct
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Introducing Molly Bond, ABA’s New Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

Said Bond, “Indie bookstores are so important to the American way of life. Indie bookstores create a sense of community in towns and cities in a way that large corporations cannot.”

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30 Oct
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Small Stores Share Strategies for Maximizing Space

Bookselling This Week recently talked to the owners of three bookstores with retail spaces under 1,500 square feet to see how they maximize the retail space in their stores.

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30 Oct

Small Press Profile: Cinco Puntos Press

“Our publishing philosophy is very rooted in where we are,” said CEO/President John Byrd. “We’re in El Paso, Texas, which is very far outside of the traditional publishing prospects in the U.S., and that gives us a very unique perspective on what types of books we want to publish."

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