BTW Articles

08 Jul

Authors Kwame Alexander and Jerry Craft to Appear in Conversation at Virtual Ci8

During the session, Alexander and Craft will discuss their careers as writers, their lives as readers, and their experiences being two of only five Black authors to win Newbery Awards.

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08 Jul
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Ideas from Small Stores

This session featured guest speakers from small bookstores, who shared what works for their stores in a variety of marketing areas, including social media, newsletters, events, and general marketing.

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08 Jul
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Tobly McSmith on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Stay Gold”

Stay Gold is one of those rare novels that reads easily and has comic romantic appeal, but punches hard realism into your gut,” said Joy Preble of Brazos Bookstore.

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08 Jul
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Find Waldo Local Digital Underway

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Find Waldo Local is going digital for 2020.

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15 Jan
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Around Indies

Read Books to open; New locations for McNally Jackson, DIESEL, Little City; Book Shop of Beverly Farms, Excelsior Bay under new ownership; Bookloft moves; One More Page celebrates nine years; Bookish, For Keeps, Covered Treasures, Porter Square, Globus, Centuries and Sleuths, Tombolo, Off the Beaten Path, Bluebird, Otter Lane, Changing Hands, Booklink featured in local news. 

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01 Jul
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Introducing ABA’s New IndieCommerce Specialists

Finnigan Butterfield and Murray Sampson have joined the ABA staff as the newest IndieCommerce Customer Support Specialists.

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01 Jul

Shelf Awareness Celebrates 15 Years

Shelf Awareness offered its support to the American Booksellers Association for its first ever Winter Institute in 2006. Congratulations on 15 years from the ABA team!

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01 Jul
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Bookstores to Schools

This session focused on what needs to change as businesses are in various states of operation and events are taking place virtually instead of in-person.

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24 Jun
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IndieCommerce Launches Integration With Point-of-Sale Vendors

Several point-of-sale vendors have implemented an automated solution that will allow stores to quickly and easily transfer online orders received by their IndieCommerce site into their POS system.

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23 Jun
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Indie Bookstores Celebrate Pride Online

From book lists and displays to virtual events and throwbacks to last year's Pride, here are some of the ways indie bookstores are celebrating this year.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.



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