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04 Oct

Business Risk Management for Independent Booksellers

LIBRIS, the insurance program created and owned by ABA, provides an overview of potential risks for business owners as well as ways to minimize those risks.

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04 Oct

Booksellers Plan Midnight Release Parties for John Green’s New Novel

Enthusiasm is high for the October 10 release of Turtles All the Way Down, John Green’s first novel in five years.

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03 Oct

Booksellers Attract Customers Through Free Online Search Tools

Google, Yelp, Bing, and other search tools give booksellers the power to manage the image they present to the public with photos, maps, links, and info on store hours and events.

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02 Oct

Booksellers Mark Banned Books Week With Parties, Giveaways & More

From September 24 to 30, indie booksellers across the country celebrated Banned Books Week and this year’s theme, “Our Right to Read.”

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26 Sep

How We Sell Backlist: Scuppernong Books

Scuppernong Books’ “Year of the Author” initiative has enabled the Greensboro, North Carolina, store to sell more than 200 copies of James Baldwin’s books in 2017.

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26 Sep

Bookstore Trainers to Launch Hybrid Model Bookstore

Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates have announced plans to launch Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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22 Sep

October 1 Deadline for James Patterson Holiday Bonus Program Nominations

Store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can nominate any current independent bookstore employee of an ABA member store for a holiday bonus.

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20 Sep

Chuck Robinson’s Bike Ride for Charity Rolls Along

Chuck Robinson’s cross-country cycling trip to raise money and awareness for organizations including the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has taken him 1,000 miles so far.

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19 Sep

Indie Running Stores Compete With Amazon Through Curation, Community, and Innovation

Like indie bookstores, indie running retailers are continuing to connect with customers in the age of Amazon by strategies that include product curation, community-building, and innovation on all levels.

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19 Sep

Tubby & Coo’s Doubles Down on Board Game Trend

Tubby & Coo’s owner Candice Huber has introduced a host of board game-related programs in conjunction with the New Orleans store’s third anniversary.

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15 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 1.9 percent in July 2017 compared to July 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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12 Sep

Booksellers Fête Free Speech for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 24 to 30, and booksellers across the country are readying displays, events, promotions, and social media campaigns designed to spark debate and reflection about the nature of censorship and the rights of citizens to select their own books.

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12 Sep

Kobo Launches Audiobook Program

Kobo is now offering an audiobook subscription plan to U.S. customers for $9.99 per month.

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11 Sep

How We Sell Backlist: Parnassus Books

This second installment of BTW’s new occasional series “How We Sell Backlist” features Karen Hayes, who co-owns Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with author Ann Patchett.

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08 Sep

An Update From PartnerShip on Holiday Shipping Surcharges

Here, PartnerShip, an ABA business service affinity partner, offers an update about holiday shipping surcharges from UPS and FedEx.

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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.

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