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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
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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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10 Apr
Run for Cover poetry display

Bookstores Celebrate National Poetry Month With Social Media Posts

This April, booksellers nationwide are sharing their favorite poems and promoting poetry events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in honor of National Poetry Month.

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10 Apr

Around Indies

Indie stores highlighted by Voice of America; The Story House, [words], Porter Square, McNally Jackson, Midtown Scholar, Walls of Books to open new locations; Turning Page, Alibi to open; Byrd’s Books owner, Second Star to the Right honored; EyeSeeMe, Main Point, Narberth, Towne Book Center, Papercuts J.P., Talking Leaves, River Dog featured in local news; Karlee Nussbaum joins Women & Children First

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10 Apr

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Pre-Orders

“We all know most pre-orders go to the ‘Big A’ company, even though those customers shop with us as well,” says Liberty Bay Books owner Suzanne Droppert. “We’d like to keep more of that business.” 

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10 Apr
[words] Bookstore co-owner Jonah Zimiles and author Harlan Coben.

[words] Bookstore Hosts Soft Launch Event at LifeTown Location

LifeTown is a 53,000-square-foot center that aims to redefine the landscape for individuals with special needs via recreational, therapeutic, and educational facilities. 

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03 Apr

The Lit. Bar Hosts Soft Launch Events

The Lit. Bar owner announced that grand opening plans for the store are currently underway. 

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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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