Main Street/Shop Local

17 Jun

American Booksellers Association’s National “Boxed Out” Campaign Returns as Antitrust Legal Action Heats Up in Time for Amazon’s Prime Day

Amazon is marketing its Prime Day event as two days of “epic deals,” but ABA’s #BoxedOut campaign is returning to talk about what’s at stake.

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06 Apr
Small businesses, it's time to rise up

ABA Joins Independent Business Groups in New Coalition “Small Business Rising” to Fight Monopoly Power

The coalition will urge policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has allowed monopolies like Amazon to amass outsized power and influence.

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01 Mar

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 9.

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02 Dec
Dan Rather: What Unites Us, Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 pm ET

Order Now: Indies First Spokesperson Dan Rather Signs Bookplates for Indie Bookstores

A national event featuring Rather will take place on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. ET on Zoom. Booksellers can share the registration link with customers now and encourage them to purchase Rather’s What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

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24 Nov

Spread the Word: Virtual Event With Indies First Spokesperson Dan Rather Coming Up December 2

Indies First spokesperson Dan Rather will hold an event in support of bookstores following the annual celebration of Indies First and Small Business Saturday, to be held this year on November 28. 

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18 Nov

Celebrate Indies First on Small Business Saturday

Legendary news anchor Dan Rather will serve as this year’s spokesperson. Booksellers can take advantage of social media assets to promote Indies First as well as a range of special publisher offers.

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08 Jul
Waldo promotional image

Find Waldo Local Digital Underway

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Find Waldo Local is going digital for 2020.

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01 Jul

Reader’s Digest Names the 50 “Nicest Places in America” Honorees

For 2020, Readers Digest invited people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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22 Jun
Find Waldo Local

Find Waldo Local Digital Toolkit Available on BookWeb

Due to the coronavirus, Find Waldo Local, Candlewick’s longtime program supporting independent bookstores and promoting the shop local movement, is going digital for 2020.

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10 Jun
Find Waldo Local

Find Waldo Local Digital Begins July 1

The digital campaign will run the entire summer, from July 1 to August 31, 2020. No registration is required, there are no order minimums, and all ABA member stores are invited to join in.

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10 Jun

Bookstores and Readers Continue to Promote Antiracism Titles for #ReadIndieForward

Promotional posts for the campaign are rolling in, with bookstores and readers contiuing to post about books related to the current antiracism movement and in support of Black authors.

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27 May
Amazon's Negative Impact to Your Community

Redesigned Shop Local Infographics Now Available in BookWeb’s Marketing Assets

To encourage local shopping, ABA has refreshed three popular marketing materials: “Here’s What You Just Did,” “Here’s What Amazon Just Did,” and “Amazon’s Negative Impact to Your Community.”

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27 May

FedEx Launches #SupportSmall Grants Program

Through the program, 200 grantees will receive a $5,000 check as well as a $500 credit for FedEx Office print and business services to help support their small business.

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20 May

Nominations Underway for Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” Contest

For 2020, Readers Digest is inviting people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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20 May

#ReadIndieForward Campaign Underway

The #ReadIndieForward campaign encourages book lovers to help booksellers thrive during the pandemic.

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