"I see it as critical to our long-term survival that our customers understand what’s going on, and that they buy into the value of helping sustain local stores by ‘voting’ with their book dollars," said Bookends and Beginnings owner Nina Barrett.
The American Booksellers Association’s homepage includes a “Bookstore Showcase” section that highlights independent bookstore members, as well as a feature to show off the unique shelf-talkers sent in by member stores.
As part of the cover reveal initiative for the new book by Christopher Moore, booksellers invited customers to pre-order it through their stores, and HarperCollins provided everything participating stores needed to help them spread the message.
Additionally, stores that need help connecting with LIBRIS insurance services or require ABA’s assistance securing extended credit from publishers are encouraged to contact ABA's membership department.
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The D.C. Council’s Committee heard testimony from small business owners and small business advocates who spoke to issues including the rising cost of rent and property taxes, the lack of small commercial spaces available for small businesses, and consumers’ shift to large chain retailors and online shopping.
Bookstores using the ABA e-commerce platform IndieLite now have several new options they can activate on their website. The IndieCommerce team has also announced a new IndieLite seminar at Winter Institute 2020 in Baltimore.
Guest speakers at the meetup included Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates; Alana Haley of Schuler Books; and Ari Gersen of Longfellow Books. Additional information was provided by P.K. Sindwani of Towne Book Center.
In this session, a representative from Eventbrite will teach attendees about the event management and ticketing website; then three booksellers will discuss how they use the service to promote and market their events.
Laura Lowry, owner of the new Mind Chimes Bookshop in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, said the store's name represents "the experience of being inspired while reading, the sort of sudden inspiration you get while reading — that has always been important to me as a reader.”
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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.