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09 Oct

“Love Your Bookstore” to Celebrate Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores in November

Readers are encouraged to share their love of bookstores during the weeklong celebration of Love Your Bookstore, a new retail holiday that will take place from Saturday, November 10, to Friday, November 16.

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02 Oct

FTC Begins Antitrust Hearings

In September, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings titled “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

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19 Sep

Jason Reynolds to Kick Off “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” Campaign at Miami Book Fair

Over the course of several days, Reynolds will participate in school presentations across Miami, where he will address 600 students, most from Title I schools.

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19 Sep

Boston City Councilors Propose Legislation to Protect Local Economy

The policy would recognize chain stores as a distinct land use and would require a conditional use permit for such businesses to open and operate in a neighborhood business district.

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19 Sep

ILSR Report Convinces Local Government to Stop Buying From Amazon

Gayle Shanks of Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore was able to persuade Tempe’s local government not to renew its purchasing contract from Amazon and to support independent businesses instead.

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01 Aug

Booksellers Celebrate Seventh Annual Find Waldo Local

This July, independent booksellers across the U.S. celebrated another year of Find Waldo Local, the shop-local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

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17 Jul

Take Action: AIB Releases Local Policy Action Toolkit

The toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses.

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25 Jun

National Retail Federation Seeks Nominees for America’s Retail Champions

The program, which will send up to 50 retailers to Washington, D.C., celebrates Main Street business owners who are community leaders and strong retail industry advocates at all levels of government.

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25 Jun

Find Waldo Local Kicks Off July 1

The news reports are rolling in as independent businesses nationwide once again prepare for the annual shop-local event featuring Waldo.

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18 Jun

New Study Demonstrates “Local Advantage” of Indie Hardware Retailers Over Amazon

The recent study Home Sweet Home: Locals vs. Amazon demonstrates the significant economic benefit that supporting independent businesses has on local communities.

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30 Apr

Fourth Independent Bookstore Day a Nationwide Hit

More than 500 bookstores celebrated this year’s Independent Bookstore Day on April 28. BTW spoke with several stores that reported a bump in sales and high energy and enthusiasm among customers.

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25 Apr

Get Ready for Independent Bookstore Day

The national celebration of Independent Bookstore Day will take place on Saturday, April 28. Here are some last-minute reminders.

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09 Apr

Booksellers Start Planning for Independent Bookstore Day

More than 500 indie booksellers across the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28. Here’s what some of them have planned.

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04 Apr

Amazon Study Reveals Explosive Growth of Third-Party Sales, Sales Tax Avoidance

Prime Numbers, a new report from ABA and Civic Economics, reveals the continuing — and increasing — loss of jobs and essential state and municipal revenue as a result of the growing retail dominance of Amazon.

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02 Apr

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day With Free Audiobook Offer

Indie bookstores can offer the free titles from to their customers on April 28 as a thank-you gift for supporting their local bookstore.

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