Main Street/Shop Local

16 Nov

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.

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15 Nov

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.

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15 Nov

Sherman Alexie Charters Bus to Tour Seattle Bookstores on Indies First

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.

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14 Nov

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.

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14 Nov

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.

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09 Nov

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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09 Nov

Special Indies First Offer From Baker & Taylor a Hit With Indie Bookstores

Indies First on Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and several booksellers are making plans to take advantage of a special offer from Baker & Taylor.

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08 Nov

Around Indies

Bookshop Santa Cruz anniversary a family celebration; Cash mob to show appreciation for river’s end bookstore; Prairie Lights named best bookstore; Gottwals Books shows off new literary mural

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02 Nov

Indies First: Get on the Map and Get Free Publicity

With Indies First on Small Business Saturday less than four weeks away, booksellers should submit their store’s event details so they will appear on the searchable Indies First map.

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01 Nov

Small Business Saturday Kit Offers Easy-to-Use Marketing Tools

To help businesses celebrate Small Business Saturday, American Express has created a toolkit of downloadable marketing materials as well as an incentive for customers to shop at small retailers.

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26 Oct

BTW News Briefs

150-plus independent bookstores now offer Libro.fm digital audiobooks; CBC introduces ABA institute scholarships for publishing staff; Nominations open for National Small Business Week Awards; Ingram Academic Services to distribute Stanford University Press and University of Ottawa Press; Association of American University Presses moves central office

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25 Oct

Resources Available From AmEx to Promote Small Business Saturday

The new Shop Small Studio from American Express features customizable and ready-to-use marketing materials to promote Small Business Saturday, November 26.

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25 Oct

NAIBA Keynote Focuses on Sharing the New Localism Message

How booksellers can become more effective advocates on public policy and make the case for fair business practices was the focus of a keynote presentation at the NAIBA fall conference.

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19 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Nominations open for 2016 Indie Awards; PEN America’s new report addresses free speech on college campuses; Above the Treeline receives investment; Literary Landmark nominations sought for Children’s Book Week; Grateful American Book Prize awarded to Chris Stevenson; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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19 Oct

Three San Francisco Bookstores Awarded Legacy Business Status

The Booksmith, Green Apple Books, and Dog Eared Books have been granted Legacy Business status as part of a program addressing San Francisco’s challenging real estate market.

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