14 Nov

Third Place Hosts Congresswoman Jayapal and Other Ways to Create Connections With Elected Officials

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar offers a few best practices for booksellers looking to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their local and state elected officials.

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07 Nov

Resources Available to Support Booksellers’ Advocacy Efforts

The Local Policy Action Toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tools to advocate for local policies that support local economies. 

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07 Nov

Two Indies First Press Release Templates Now Available on

For more promotional material, booksellers can go to the AmEx website for Small Business Saturday posters and e-mail templates, or to for Indies First web banners and social media images.

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24 Oct

Now on BookWeb: Short Demo on Navigating the New BookScan

NPD Book President Jonathan Stolper showed booksellers how to use NPD’s new DecisionKey® platform in this 30-minute demonstration.

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10 Oct

“Talk to ABA”: BTW Highlights Interactive Elements of Redesigned ABA Website

ABA’s new, improved website features interactive resources booksellers can use to better communicate with the association and other booksellers, including new ways to submit information about store changes.

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02 Oct
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ABA Launches New, More Interactive Version of

ABA recently redesigned its website to provide bookseller members and its other constituents with a more dynamic, cleanly designed online hub for resources and information.

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19 Sep
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Kickstarter Offers Platform for Indie Bookstores to Partner With Publishers on Pre-Order Campaigns

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is encouraging independent bookstores to reach out if they are interested in partnering with publishers and authors to handle fulfillment for pre-order campaigns.

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12 Sep

BookScan Begins Migration to NPD’s DecisionKey Platform

This month, BookScan is migrating to DecisionKey®, NPD’s online suite of data delivery and analysis tools, so booksellers should make sure they have access to the new platform.

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14 Aug

Ingram’s Booklove and Indie Vault Programs Garner Praise From Booksellers

ABA member bookstores are encouraged to sign up for Booklove and Indie Vault, two programs from Ingram Content Group that provide exclusive benefits for indie booksellers.

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09 Aug

Tips From PartnerShip: Choose Your Packaging

PartnerShip, an ABA business service affinity partner, has some tips for bookstores on choosing the correct size for packages.

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10 Apr

Small Business Majority Acquires, Expands Educational Online Lending Platform

The Small Business Majority has introduced expanded resources to, an educational online lending platform that the organization took over in February. 

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06 Dec

Book Buyer’s Handbook Features Special Publisher Offers and More

ABA’s Book Buyer’s Handbook is a valuable resource where booksellers can find information about publishers’ special offers, contact information, ordering and returns policies, co-op advertising, and more.

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28 Nov
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Join the ABC Children’s Group to Start Receiving “Flashlight” Newsletter

Upcoming issues of Flashlight, a monthly e-newsletter full of exciting, exclusive content for ABC Group members, will feature publisher promotions, guest posts, social media shout-outs, and more.

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15 Nov

ABA’s Backlist Buying Calculator Makes It Easy to Tally Up Savings

ABA recently created the new Backlist Buying Calculator, a self-calculating Excel spreadsheet that allows booksellers to easily figure out their savings when utilizing publishers’ backlist offers.

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15 Aug

New “ABA Learning on Demand” Page Features Webinars and Training Videos

ABA’s new “ABA Learning on Demand” page on features videos of members-only webinars on topics including basic sales techniques, creating a press kit, and IndieCommerce and IndieLite.

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