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19 Sep
ILSR Report: Amazon's Next Frontier

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
Local Policy Action Toolkit

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
Shop local

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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15 Mar
Independent Bookstore Day 2018 map of participating stores

Interactive Independent Bookstore Day Map Goes Live

Readers awaiting the April 28 celebration of Independent Bookstore Day can search an interactive map featuring more than 500 bookstores that will be selling special literary-themed merchandise.

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02 Mar

Start Promoting Independent Bookstore Day

Here are some tips to help spread the word about Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated by more than 500 independent bookstores on April 28.

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27 Feb

Independent Bookstore Day Brings Back Marketing-in-a-Mailer

The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $20 and orders are due March 15.

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23 Feb

March 1 Deadline for Find Waldo Local Registration

ABA member booksellers have until Thursday, March 1, to sign up for the seventh annual celebration of Find Waldo Local, the shop local scavenger hunt held every July at small businesses nationwide.

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