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08 Nov

Obituary: Sally Dedecker

Sally Dedecker, a longtime figure in the book industry, died on Monday, November 6. She was 62.

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08 Nov
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Across the Pond, Readers Head to Bookstores for Bibliotherapy

As U.S. booksellers celebrate Indies First, bookshops in the United Kingdom and Ireland will mark Sanctuary Saturday, which encourages the public to visit a bookstore for a peaceful shopping experience. 

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02 Nov

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

Here is BTW’s annual holiday preparations checklist, offering reminders to help smooth day-to-day operations at your store during the upcoming season.

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01 Nov

With Podcasting, Indie Bookstores Take to the Digital Airwaves

When it comes to expanding their brand, some independent bookstores are looking to a rapidly growing media trend: podcasts.

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31 Oct

Museum Store Sunday Encourages Shoppers to Come Out on Thanksgiving Weekend

Coming the day after Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Museum Store Sunday is a new event to encourage shoppers to think local for their holiday gifts.

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25 Oct
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Bookseller Takes Story of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to the Big Screen

Books & Books’ Mitch Kaplan is a producer of the film adaptation of the 2008 Indie Next List pick The Man Who Invented Christmas, coming to theaters in November.

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25 Oct

ALA Announces Shortlist for 2018 Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association has announced the six books chosen to appear on the shortlist for the association’s 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

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23 Oct

Bookstore Staff Changes? Send ABA an Update!

ABA is asking all bookstore members to keep the association updated on personnel changes, including ownership, buyers, and other staff, so that e-mails are sent to the correct person at each store.

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18 Oct

Booksellers Go Batty for Halloween

As independent bookstores prepare for the spookiest season of the year, the National Retail Federation is predicting that Halloween spending will reach a record $9.1 billion in 2017.

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13 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.9 percent in August 2017 compared to August 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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11 Oct

Bookstores Embrace Excitement for John Green’s “Turtles All the Way Down”

This week, bookstores around the country ushered in the release of Turtles All the Way Down, the first book in five years from YA author John Green.

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11 Oct

How We Sell Backlist: Midtown Reader

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, is the subject of Bookselling This Week’s newest “How We Sell Backlist” column, an occasional series highlighting ABA’s campaign to promote backlist titles.

 

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06 Oct

July–September 2017: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

The third quarter of 2017 saw 19 ABA member store openings and five sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a bookstore pub, a mobile bookstore, and new branches of established bookstores.

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05 Oct

In Age of Amazon, Indie Toy Stores, Like Indie Bookstores, Hold Their Own

Indie toy stores, like indie bookstores, have succeeded by leveraging several strengths: the experience they provide for customers, the types of products they sell, and the local connections they create.

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04 Oct

National Book Awards Finalists Announced

The 2017 National Book Awards finalists were announced on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, October 4.

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