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16 Jul

Ci7 Education: Advanced Bookselling — Author Event Grids

In this session, attendees heard tips for the perfect pitch, how to create a great general event profile, how to request access to author grids, and more.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Buying & Selling — Subscription Boxes

At this session on subscription boxes, booksellers learned about best practices for marketing, inventory control, options for special services, how to select categories, fulfillment management, and order tracking.

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03 Jul

Ci7 Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo on What Being Well-Read Really Means

Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High, spoke about the true meaning of being “well-read” at the seventh annual Children’s Institute. 

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02 Jul

Hitting the Road With Indie Booksellers: A Recap of the Full-Day Bookstore Tour at Ci7

Here from Tegan Tigani, ABA Board member and children’s book buyer at Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle, is a recap of the full-day bookstore tour held last week during the 2019 Children’s Institute.

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28 Jun
Annie Carl at Town Hall

First Children’s Institute Town Hall Tackles Industry Problems and Solutions

Topics discussed included more education targeted to different types of bookstores, bookseller sustainability, and how children’s books are publicly perceived.

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27 Jun

Ci7 Keynote: Ann Patchett on How Owning a Bookstore Opens Doors

In addition to her keynote, Patchett attended Children’s Institute to promote her very first children’s book, Lambslide.

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18 Jun

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing Into Anti-competitive Power of Big Tech

The committee heard from executives of News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, who discussed the power that platforms like Google and Facebook have over the way news today is delivered and consumed.

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18 Jun

Hedge Fund Deal to Buy Barnes & Noble to Go Forward as No New Bids Announced

Although book distributor Readerlink was reported to be planning a rival offer for the company, B&N did not receive a new bid as of the third-party deadline for its agreement with Elliott Management Corp.

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12 Jun

Hedge Fund Agrees to Buy Barnes & Noble, But Readerlink May Present Competing Offer

B&N announced Friday it had reached a deal to be acquired by hedge fund Elliott Management, but the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that book distributor Readerlink may offer a competing bid.

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04 Jun

BookExpo Education: “The Power of Retail: Making Books, Authors and Building Community”

The panel, which was moderated by Lynn Neary of NPR, featured commentary on book retail from ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh, and other industry leaders.

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22 May

Around Indies

Michael Tucker, Margie Scott Tucker to retire; Round Table to open; Astra Titus to take over Curious George; Half Price Concord location to reopen; Partners Village, Green Arcade celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty Books looks to expand; Personnel changes at Community Bookstore, Greenlight; Chapters hosts former U.S. Poet Laureate; Doylestown honored by mayor; Kit Harington stops by R.J. Julia; Bookmarks to host 15th Annual Festival of Books and Authors; Brookline Booksmith, Harvard, Porter Square, Trident, New Dominion, Point Reyes, Green Apple, DIESEL, East Bay, Dog Eared, R&B, BookBar, Unabridged, The Last Bookstore featured in local news; Reader's Digest shares best-loved bookstore in each state

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15 May

Following Baker & Taylor News, Growing Number of Vendors Reach Out to Support Indies

More and more publishers and wholesalers are continuing to step in with special programs designed to support indie bookstores after B&T announced it was closing its retail wholesale business.

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08 May
Mental health is as important as physical health

Bookstore Owners, Managers on Balancing Employees’ Mental Health Needs With Business Concerns

BTW recently reached out to booksellers to discuss strategies they have implemented as well as difficulties they face in meeting the needs of employees with mental health issues.

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07 May

POS Vendor Anthology Offers New Credit Card Processing Solution

Credit card processing company Clearent provides secure processing across all Anthology configurations, including Classic, APC, and RDS.

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24 Apr

The Lit. Bar to Open on Independent Bookstore Day: An Exclusive Interview With Noëlle Santos

On Saturday, April 27, South Bronx native Noëlle Santos will host a series of free grand opening events for her new bookstore/wine bar, The Lit. Bar, which will be the only general-interest independent bookstore in the Bronx.

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