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07 May
Let's Talk About Pre-Orders!

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Pre-Orders

“It’s a lot about customer awareness,” said Liz Hottel of Politics & Prose, “and making sure they know that their independent bookstore can provide the same things that Amazon can.”

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07 May

Make the ABA Website Your Own With Shelf-Talkers and Store Photos

Booksellers are encouraged to send in photos and shelf-talkers for “Featured Shelf-talkers” and “Bookstore Showcase,” two special features on BookWeb.org that highlight individual bookstores.

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01 May
The Lit. Bar logo, which is half of a wine glass place next to half of a book.

Around Indies

Madison Books, The Lit. Bar now open; GoGo Books hits the road; Book Trader owner to open pop-up; Off the Beaten Path celebrates 10 years; A Capella, Harvard, Brookline Booksmith, Trident, Newtonville, MahagonyBooks, Second Star to the Right, Storied Owl, BookPeople of Moscow, Silver Unicorn, Left Bank, Blue Cypress, Garden District, Our Daily Nada, and others featured in local news

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01 May

ABA Partners With Reader’s Digest to Promote 2019 “Nicest Places in America” Contest

Reader’s Digest is giving readers the chance this summer to nominate any town, city, organization, or business across America as the kindest, nicest place in the country.

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01 May

ABA Celebrates Grand Opening of The Lit. Bar, the Bronx’s New Bookstore/Wine Bar

On April 27, CEO Oren Teicher represented the American Booksellers Association at the grand opening of The Lit. Bar, the new independent bookstore and wine bar in the South Bronx.

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01 May

A Reminder for Booksellers: Binc Can Help With a Wide Variety of Expenses

In situations where weather, illness, or an accident disrupts a bookseller’s ability to make a living, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation will help with both business and personal expenses.

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01 May

Snag Your Spot! Sign-Ups Continue for 2019 #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

In contrast to the previous two years, #HarperCollinsLovesIndies videos will focus more on hand-selling in 2019 than on store tours. This year’s livestreamed videos will air on Thursdays instead of Saturdays. 

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24 Apr

Around Indies

Lark and Owl, 2nd Act Books open; Storied Owl, Capital to open; Writer’s Block, Charis relocating; New owners for Browsing Bison; Orca to go co-op; McIntyre celebrates 30th; Raven Book Store tweet goes viral; Battenkill hosts Bold Stroke Books author panel; New Dominion, Johns Creek, Third House, Boswell, hello hello, Changing Hands, The Center for Fiction, Café Con Libros, Mil Mundos, The Lit. Bar, Word Up, The Last Bookstore, White Whale, Journeys of Life, Novel., and Burke’s featured in local news; Paragraphs named small business of the year; and more. 

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23 Apr
Child reading among the stacks inside Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, New York

Readers Around the Globe Celebrate World Book Day

April 23 marked World Book Day, an international event that celebrates books and reading. Take a look at what bookstores, authors, and literacy organizations around the globe did to celebrate the day.

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23 Apr

Common Good Books Sold, Renamed

“We have something special here," said new owner Nick Ballas, "and I’m delighted to be able to keep this store here for St. Paul readers.”

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17 Apr

Around Indies

Epilogue, Reads & Company, Madison Books to open; Second Star to the Right to expand; An Unlikely Story, Bookmarks, Trident, The Silver Unicorn, Gibson’s, EyeSeeMe, Lavender’s Bleu, Book Culture, Birchbark, Fenton’s Open Book, Powell’s featured in local news; Little City Books hosts Hoboken Literary Weekend

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16 Apr

Ten Years On, Just the Right Book Continues Delighting Customers

Here, R.J. Julia Booksellers founder Roxanne Coady shares the history of book subscription service Just The Right Book, along with a humorous bit of customer feedback.

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16 Apr

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Indie Next List Titles

“It’s easy to forget how intimidating a bookstore can be for some customers,” said Kerry Halls of Auntie’s Bookstore. “Displays provide a really friendly access point for people who maybe don’t have the time or energy to get lost in the stacks.”

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16 Apr
Happy Earth Day graphic

Eco-Conscious Efforts in Effect at Independent Bookstores From Coast to Coast

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22, booksellers shared the ways indie bookstores can incorporate green practices and policies into their stores year-round. 

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15 Apr

January–March 2019: ABA Members Opened/Sold

The year-to-date’s openings include a bilingual bookstore and community space, the signature bookstore for a literature nonprofit, new branches of established bookstores, and more.

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About ABA

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.

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