BTW Articles

12 Feb

Technology Meetup Recap: Password Security

During the meetup, booksellers heard about the importance of password security, best practices for creating passwords, and tools to make remembering passwords a little bit easier while still being secure. 

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12 Feb

Wi15 Education: “Events/Programs: Managing Relationships With Your Sales Rep”

The session focused on how booksellers can find a rep, what they can expect from their reps, and what reps expect from them, among other topics.

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05 Feb
Avoid the Day Bookstore

Around Indies

Avoid the Day opens; Busboys and Poets to add new location; Avid Reader under new ownership; Mysterious Galaxy on the move; Sassafrass grows; Kepler’s, Back of Beyond celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty, Semicolon, Kazoo, Fabled, Powell’s, Women & Children First, Sandmeyer’s featured in local news.

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05 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Your Bookstore Pet

This meetup focused on how booksellers can leverage their furry and cuddly (or even not-so-furry or cuddly) pets to drive attention to their store and bring in customers.

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05 Feb
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Live From the 15th Annual Winter Institute

After 60 days of implementing SEO strategies, Roundabout Books saw a 31 percent increase in site traffic, and One More Page Books saw a 13 percent increase in site traffic. 

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29 Jan

Wi15 Keynote: “Bookselling and Liberation: Black Bookstores in America, From the ’60s to the Present”

Black bookstores faced a tremendous amount of legal persecution, but were booming by the end of the 1960s; since then, they have experienced resurgences and recessions coinciding with social movements.

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29 Jan

Wi15 Presentation: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Conversation With Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds”

The authors recently collaborated on a book for young people that aims to shine a light on the many forms of racism as well as ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives.

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29 Jan
Books Are Awesome! logo

Around Indies

Books Are Awesome! opens; Vroman’s to open lit-themed bar; City of Asylum creates poet laureate posts; Loyalty to launch kids’ pop-up; A Room of One’s Own, Mystery to Me included in Star of Madison; [words], Locust Valley, Rakestraw, Parnassus featured in local news. 

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29 Jan

Sign Up for ABA’s February 4 Technology Meetup

In this session, booksellers will learn about best practices for password security.

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24 Jan
An exterior view of Booked in Evanston, IL.

Around Indies

Loyalty Bookstore gains restaurant, bar; Black Dog relocates; Booked adds co-owner; University Book Store celebrates 120 years; Bookshop of Beverly Farms, Story on the Square, Book + Bottle, Madison, Seminary Co-op, Between the Covers, One More Page, Anderson’s, Bards Alley, Old Town, Last Bookstore, Hennessey & Ingalls, Skylight, Children’s Book World, and Book Soup featured in local news. 

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