BTW Articles

29 Oct

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

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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23 Oct

Around Indies

Arts & Letters, new Half Price location open; Wishing Tree, Odyssey, DIESEL to open; Moe’s, Mrs. Dalloway’s celebrate anniversaries; Interabang damaged by storm; 27th Letter wins Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest; {pages} included in Best of Manhattan Beach; Muddy Water nominated for Independent Small Business of the Year Award; Raven Book Store writes letter to Jeff Bezos; Frugal Frigate unveils new logo; Inkwood, McNally Jackson, Mind Chimes, Magers & Quinn, Women & Children First, 2 Dandelions, Politics & Prose, Duende District, Loyalty mentioned in local news.

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23 Oct

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Audiobooks During the Holidays

Nick Johnson of Libro.fm shared with bookseller attendees the ways in which they can market audiobooks during the upcoming holiday season, as the company will be offering several promotions, initiatives, and programs for indie bookstores.

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23 Oct

Spotlight on ABA History: “More Than Merchants: Seventy-Five Years of the ABA”

This section from Bookselling in America and the World discusses ABA’s operations during the 1950s and 1960s.

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23 Oct

Matchbook Marketing Aims to Help Indie Booksellers Tell Their Story

Matchbook Marketing, which works with more than 60 indie booksellers, offers a print newsletter, custom store logos and branding, web development, and graphic design. 

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16 Oct

Around Indies

2 Dandelions, Storied Owl now open; Thank You, Joseph-Beth Lexington Green to open; Excelsior Bay under new ownership; Bookman celebrates 45 years; John Grisham visits New Dominion; Subterranean wins June Indie Playlist display contest; Staff changes at Seminary Co-op, Towne Book Center; Madison Street, Auburn Oil Co., Righton, Neverending Bookshop, NeverMore featured in local news.

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16 Oct

Beehive Bookshop to Bring Community and Kindness to Dalton, Georgia

By reading more, learning more, and building empathy, Beehive owner Susan Beck said, “I hope we can be more kind to each other. I think that’s missing right now.”

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16 Oct

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores Transition to Not-for-Profit

“We are a cultural institution disguised as a retailer,” said Jeff Deutsch, director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. “Our cultural work of creating an unparalleled browsing experience and a hub for community...needs no further utility to justify its existence.”

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