Vermont’s Phoenix Books is using a “community supported enterprise” model to open a 2,400-square-foot space in Rutland this August. This will be the third store for Mike DeSanto and Renée Reiner, his wife and business partner.
More than 100 writers from 30 countries will gather in New York City from May 4 to 10, at the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, where the theme will be “On Africa.” Booksellers are invited to use a special discount code for online ticket orders and to share the code with their customers.
ChicoBag sells fun, eco-friendly fabric bags that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and through ABA’s ChicoBag affinity program, member stores can order these unique and custom products at a discount.
Publishers’ plans are taking shape for ABA’s Meet the Editor networking sessions at next month’s BookExpo America, but booksellers must preregister by May 11 for this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the editing process.
Here is an array of great ideas for promoting bookstores as hubs of creativity, community, and activity, all gleaned from the bookseller discussion groups following Steven Johnson’s plenary talk, “How We Got to Now,” at Winter Institute 10.
Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which provides free coaching and education to small business owners, has been a boon to independent bookstore owner Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
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.