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17 Jan

Indie Impact National Summary: Indies Give Back Over Three Times as Much as Chains

Communities as different as Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Louisville, Kentucky, have at least one thing in common: Their independent businesses recirculate a substantially greater proportion of their revenues back into the local economy than do their chain competitors.

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16 Jan

Studies Size Up the Kids’ Book Market

On Tuesday, January 15,  at the Children’s Publishing Goes Digital Conference in NYC, two sessions presented key findings from recent studies on influencers of children’s book choices, methods of discovery, and attitudes towards books and reading.

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16 Jan

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up Again in November

November 2012 retail sales at bookstores were up 3.3 percent compared to November 2011, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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10 Jan

ABA’s CEO Looks Back at a Good Year for Indie Booksellers

ABA CEO Oren Teicher points to a number of indicators of the vitality of the independent bookstore channel in 2012 in his first letter to members of the New Year.

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18 Dec

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in October

October retail sales at bookstores were up 4.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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15 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

September retail sales at bookstores were down 8.2 percent compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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25 Oct

Four New Economic Studies Find Indies Have a Bigger Impact

Recently released studies focusing on the economic impact of indies in four different areas of the country have reached the same conclusion: Independent businesses return far more of their revenue to their local communities than do chains.

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24 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Pew study examines younger Americans’ reading and library habits; Bowker finds triple-digit growth in self-publishing; S&S adult reorganizes; Pinsker named president of Klutz

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17 Oct

Bookstore Sales Slip in August

After four consecutive months of sales increases, August retail sales at bookstores were down 0.8 percent compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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03 Oct

BISG Annual Meeting: Change Is Constant

The rapidly changing book industry —  and how publishers and retailers are currently handling, and will in the future handle, change — from digital data advances to e-books was the main focus of the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting, held in New York City on Friday, September 28.

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20 Sep

Sales at Bookstores Up Again in July

July retail sales at bookstores were up 1.2 percent, which marks the fourth consecutive month of increased sales compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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23 Aug

Sales at Bookstores Jump Again in June

June retail sales at bookstores were up 3.8 percent, which marks the third consecutive month of increased sales compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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14 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Ingram offers extended terms on calendars; Google to buy Frommer’s travel guides; Gen Y takes lead in book buying; NAIPR Basic goes live; WNBA launches annual writing contest; Thurber and SCIBA award finalists announced

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26 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Study confirms loss of bookstores negatively impacts e-book growth; Bowker finds recreational travelers prefer print guidebooks; Tor/Forge e-books now all DRM-free; The Man Booker Prize longlist

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18 Jul

Study Finds E-Books Surge, Physical Stores Still Largest Book Channel

E-books became the publishing industry’s single bestselling format for adult fiction in 2011, with sales of $1.27 billion, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by the Book Industry Study Group.

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