As part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign, booksellers are working with local schools and educational programs to give young readers 20,000 free copies of Ghost this week.
“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.
Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.9 percent in September 2018 compared to September 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of November 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than five percent over 2017.
“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”
“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.
Stores that did not have a Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply; scholarships cover the conference fee, airfare or ground transportation up to $400, and three hotel nights.
For Keeps, Prologue Bookshop, Shakespeare and Co. UWS location to open; The Snail on the Wall, Book and Puppet Company to open pop-ups; The Babbling Book and the Dragon’s Nook gets new owner, name change; Gibson’s Bookstore, Village Lights Books, Riffraff celebrate anniversaries; Avid Bookshop owner receives award; and more.
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.