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14 Jan

New NEA Report Shows Literary Reading on the Rise

Literary reading among American adults is on the rise for the first time in more than 25 years, according to new report released this week by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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19 Nov

Santa Gets Caught Reading

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced the latest and perhaps most exclusive celebrity to ever have participated in its Get Caught Reading campaign -- Santa Claus!

In Get Caught Reading's newest image, which is inclusive of the "Books=Gifts" message, Santa takes a minute out of his busy gift-delivering eve to read a book. The image is available now on the Get Caught Reading website.

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30 Oct

Politics & Prose Works With Dow Jones to Fill Lubuto Library

When global business news and information services provider Dow Jones & Co. launched an employee book drive to provide more than 4,000 titles for a new library that it's funding in Zambia, Jane Meyers, founder of the Lubuto Library Project, believed strongly that those books should come from an independent bookstore.

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15 Oct

RiverRun Hosts Second Annual Read-a-Thon

RiverRun Bookstore held its second "Great Expectations: A Reading Marathon" (GERM), a 24-hour, customer read-a-thon from October 10 through October 11. Local college and high school students and other volunteers participated at RiverRun's used bookstore, SecondRun, to benefit a local nonprofit.

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16 Jul

RiverRun Invites Indies Nationwide to Join Reading Marathon

This October, RiverRun Bookstore will be hosting its second "Great Expectations: A Reading Marathon" (GERM), a 24-hour, customer read-a-thon. And now the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, bookstore is inviting independent booksellers nationwide to take up the challenge, too.

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16 Apr

Legislation Introduced in Senate to Make Healthcare Affordable for Small Businesses

This month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to make health insurance more available and affordable for the employees of small businesses and for the self-employed. The legislation, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), S. 2795, is sponsored by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Norm Coleman (R-MN).

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18 Mar

From NY to DC: A Mini Bookstore Tour

On her way to a meeting of the Library of Congress' Reading Promotions Partners at the Center for the Book in Washington, D.C., ABA Director of Member Services Jill Perlstein stopped at several bookstores along the way to chat with their owners and snap a few photos for's photo gallery.

In a trip covering over 600 miles in a little more than two days, Perlstein stopped at six ABA member stores.

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20 Feb

Reading Is Fundamental Urges Support for Reinstatement of Funding

Since its inception in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) programs have prepared and motivated children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those who need them most -- underserved children from birth to age eight. Since 1975, RIF's Inexpensive Book Distribution program, which is authorized under the U.S.

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20 Nov

New NEA Study Finds Voluntary Reading in Decline

On November 19, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence, a new analysis of reading patterns in the U.S. The study, which is a follow-up to NEA's 2004 Reading at Risk, revealed recent declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike, trends NEA described as having "severe consequences for American society."

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17 Oct

Cause to Celebrate: Children's Book Week & Jewish Book Month

November marks two important events for booksellers and readers: Children's Book Week 2007, sponsored by the Children's Book Council, and Jewish Book Month, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

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26 Sep

Changing Hands Opens to Page23 to Increase Readership

Page23, a one-year-old project of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, promotes reading among people who may reject traditional marketing approaches through specially selected title lists, displays, and other promotional materials.

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01 Aug

Campaigning for International Literacy

One Shared World, a campaign to raise awareness of global poverty and generate dialogue about solutions, is reaching out to booksellers in the Book Sense marketing program.

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24 May

Bookseller's Healthcare Woes Garner National Spotlight

As lawmakers in Congress continue the debate over how to solve the national healthcare crisis, the healthcare concerns of independent booksellers and small businesses are drawing the attention of the national media. On May 5, a front page article in the Business Section of the New York Times detailed the health insurance challenges and concerns of Jeff Levin, owner of Varney's Book Store in Manhattan, Kansas.

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15 Mar

ABA Meets With Congressional Staff to Discuss Small Business Health Coverage

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business tackled the issue of health insurance for small-business employees on Wednesday, March 14, at a hearing on "challenges and solutions" to health insurance coverage for small businesses. Oren Teicher, ABA COO, attended the morning hearings, which featured witnesses from the small business community, health care experts, and the insurance industry.

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