Single Tweet From Porter Square Books Leads to Hundreds of Book Recommendations

    Requests poured in over Thanksgiving weekend after Porter Square Books sent out a simple tweet: “You there! Yes, you. You need a book. Tell us a little about yourself & we’ll find the right book.”

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations sought for Anna Dewdney Read Together Award; Screen-Free Week to partner with Children’s Book Week; LendingTree launches Small Business Grant Competition; New York Public Library and Macmillan partner for new publishing program; Publishers Lunch introduces Monthly Buzz Books; Binc receives $10,000+ holiday donation from Ingram; Chronicle Books announces leadership changes; Andy LeCount to join HarperCollins; 2017 PEN longlists announced

    Amazon Invisible No More: ILSR Report Garners Widespread Media Coverage

    A new ILSR report providing both in-depth details about Amazon’s market dominance and policy recommendations to address its harmful consequences has been featured in newspapers around the country.

    Miami Book Fair Panelists Put Focus on Indie Booksellers

    The role of independent bookstores in connecting writers and readers as well as offering a safe place for community members with different viewpoints was underscored by authors on a Miami Book Fair panel.

    New Report Provides Analysis on Amazon’s Negative Impact

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative impact of Amazon’s expansion and growing power — and what can be done to address its dominance.

    Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

    Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

    Special Offer From Baker & Taylor Helps Indies Prepare for Holidays

    Through December 3, booksellers can take advantage of a special offer from Baker & Taylor designed to help ABA member bookstores make the most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

    Making the Most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday: Some Final Reminders

    With just a few days to go until Indies First on Small Business Saturday, here are some last-minute reminders and tips for making the most of the celebration.

    Post-Election, Bookstores Offer Safe Spaces for Communities to Come Together

    Following last week’s divisive election, independent booksellers are reaching out to remind customers that their bookstores are safe, bipartisan spaces where community members can come together.

    Booksellers Invited to Participate in Fourth Annual Cider Monday

    On November 28, locally owned businesses across the country will offer visitors free cider during the fourth annual celebration of Cider Monday, the bricks-and-mortar response to Cyber Monday.

    ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day a Hit for Retailers

    Members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, including several bookstores that sell toys, celebrated Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 12.

    Sherman Alexie Charters Bus to Tour Seattle Bookstores on Indies First

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    Author Sherman Alexie has invited local reporters, musicians, fellow authors, and city council members to join him on a tour of three indie bookstores in the Seattle area on November 26.

    Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day T-Shirts, Totes

    Booksellers can place their orders now for official 2017 Independent Bookstore Day tote bags and T-shirts featuring an illustration by Lisa Brown.

    Share Your Photos of Indies First on Small Business Saturday

    Booksellers should be sure to snap and share photos of their guest authors and the festive events taking place in their stores on Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

    Independent We Stand Launches Shop Small Selfie Contest

    Through December 22, customers can snap a selfie in front of their favorite local business and share it on Independent We Stand’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card.


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