BTW Articles

21 Aug

Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Launches the Bookstormer Foundation

As booksellers, said Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Books, “our biggest job is that kids feel like they’re recognized and respected and welcomed in bookstores, whoever they are.”

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02 Jul

Ci7 Keynote: Alyssa Milano on the Importance of Activism

Milano appeared in conversation with Kris Kleindienst to talk about the first book in her upcoming middle-grade series as well as her lifelong efforts as a social activist.

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14 Aug

What’s in a Name? Love’s Sweet Arrow

Mother-daughter duo and avid romance readers Marissa and Roseann Backlin opened Love’s Sweet Arrow, a new and used romance bookstore, in Tinley Park, Illinois, this past June. 

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14 Aug

Technology Meetup Recap: SMS Services

During the session, booksellers heard from colleagues who are using various SMS services to communicate and engage with customers.

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14 Aug

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program Helps Bookseller Find Success

“Like most of us in bookselling,” says Ariana Paliobagis of Country Bookshelf, “we come to this business not from a business background, but from a love of books and a love of community, so there’s a lot about running a business that we can still learn.”

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14 Aug

Around Indies

Sandcastle Tales opens; Erin Rivera takes over Frugal Frigate; Book + Bottle, Madison Street to open; Sweetwood, Adventure Bound, Ivy move; Narrow Gauge celebrates first year; Branches Books and Gifts named Business of the Year; Drew Sieplinga featured on The Moth; Main Street Books, Brewster, Third Street, The Bookstore, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Nantucket Bookworks, Wild Detectives, Porter Square, Northshire, Jane Addams, Old Town, Birchbark, Books Are Magic, Turnrow, Literati featured in local news. 

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14 Aug

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Multi-Store Events

Booksellers discussed strategies for planning and marketing such events as Independent Bookstore Day, Find Waldo Local, and Here’s Harry. 

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07 Aug

Around Indies

Books on the Pond now open; Lark and Owl to host grand opening; Rediscovered, Half Price to open new locations; Patchouli Joe’s to open; Between Books 2.0 relocates; Cabot St. sold, renamed Copper Dog Books; Weller Book Works, Yellowknife Book Cellar, Main Street celebrate anniversaries; Staff changes at Seminary Coop; Doylestown to offer subscription service; Source, Pages, Underground Railroad Reading Station, Carmichael’s, Ripped Bodice, Phoenix, Semicolon, Browseabout, Wild Detectives, Book Barn, Village Square, Malaprop’s, Trident, Pagination mentioned in local news. 

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07 Aug

Booksellers Nationwide Wrap Up Eighth Annual Find Waldo Local

This July, independent booksellers nationwide celebrated another year of Find Waldo Local, the shop-local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

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07 Aug

Booksellers Gear Up for Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day

Bookstore Romance Day, which aims celebrate the genre and strengthen the relationship between bookstores and the community, will be held on August 17. 

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