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10 Apr
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Booksellers Across the Country Prepare for Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 27, will mark the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day party taking place at indie bookstores nationwide.

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25 Mar

Sign Up Now for Pittsburgh Bookstore Tours at Children’s Institute

Booksellers and publishers who sign up will have the opportunity to take either a full-day or a half-day tour of Pittsburgh’s independent bookstores.

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19 Mar

Wi14 Education: Selling Direct to Schools

Panelists offered the attending booksellers tips and tricks pertaining to the best practices they found most important for selling direct to schools, managing author event orders, and book fair distribution. 

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12 Mar
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Governor Cuomo Asks Amazon to Return to New York

The governor’s letter followed Amazon’s February decision to cancel plans to establish one of its two new corporate headquarters in Queens, New York.

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11 Mar
#ChooseIndie

Second Star to the Right Asks Denver Readers to #ChooseIndie

As Amazon Books opened its first Denver storefront last week, Second Star to the Right Books penned a letter to the city’s readers to remind them of the wonder of the city’s independent bookstores.

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06 Mar

Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day

With less than two months to go until Independent Bookstore Day, April 27, here are some tips for how participating stores can start spreading the news.

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04 Mar

Binc and Penguin Random House Launch “Indies With Impact” Grant Program

Two grants will be awarded to two bookstores that work with a nonprofit or organization on a program to strengthen their local communities and encourage reading.

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27 Feb

March 1 Deadline Approaching for 2019 Find Waldo Local Celebration

Registration will be capped at 250 ABA member stores for the July event, which serves as a campaign to promote the value of shopping locally.

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27 Feb

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Offers Up to $50,000

Booksellers can enter the contest by writing a short profile that highlights their bookstore’s unique story; entries will be accepted through March 25.

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25 Feb

Independent Bookstore Day Announces Tayari Jones as 2019 Author Ambassador

The fifth annual event will be celebrated at more than 575 participating independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 27.

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13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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12 Feb
Find Waldo Local

Signup Underway for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

Candlewick will provide bookstores with a toolkit containing mini Waldo standees, window clings, prize buttons, a Waldo poster, Waldo prize books, and more.

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23 Jan
Find Waldo Local

Register Now for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The deadline is Friday, March 1, for ABA member stores to sign up on BookWeb for the annual shop local campaign. Bookseller registration opened on Wednesday, January 23.

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16 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Eighth Year Begins January 23

Candlewick will once again provide 250 host bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to launch a Find Waldo Local event in their communities.

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19 Dec

Around Indies

Michelle Obama visits Tattered Cover, Seminary Co-op; Fountain Bookstore tweet goes viral; Jake’s Place, Bermuda Book Store, A Freethinker’s Corner open; Porter Square, Malaprop’s open pop-ups; A Novel Idea, Eso Won Books, The Story House, Politics and Prose, Village Books, Powell’s, Gibson’s, Northshire, Mclean & Eakin featured in local news; and more.

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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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