Indies First

10 Oct

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar on the Delight of Participation

Here, Sindelar highlights several opportunities for booksellers to take advantage of — and participate in — their membership with the American Booksellers Association.

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03 Oct

More Than 30 Publishers Offering Specials for Indies First

Booksellers can take advantage of numerous specials that publishers and university presses are offering on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles in celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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19 Sep
Jason Reynolds and Ghost book cover

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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18 Sep

Publishers Offer Array of Specials for Indies First

ABA member stores can take advantage of more than 30 publisher specials on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles in celebration of the sixth annual Indies First on November 24.

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04 Sep
Jason Reynolds

September 10 Deadline to Sign Up for “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday”

Stores must sign up by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 10, to receive their free 24-copy carton of Ghost by Indies First spokesperson Jason Reynolds.

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29 Aug
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Sign Up Now to Participate in Campaign to Donate Jason Reynolds’s “Ghost” to Underserved Kids This Holiday Season

Stores must sign up by September 10 to participate in the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign, which supports Reynolds’s mission of providing books to children in low-income communities.

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20 Aug

Sign Up Now: Indie Bookstores to Give Back on Small Business Saturday

Booksellers must sign up by September 10 to receive a free box of special Indies First/Small Business Saturday editions of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to distribute to children in an underserved community.

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19 Dec
Sweepstakes winner Marissa Wais, center, enjoys congratulations from Source Booksellers owner Janet W. Jones, left, and bookseller Alyson Jones Turner, right.

Five Readers, Five Bookstores Win #ShopIndiesFirstSweepstakes Grand Prize

The American Booksellers Association’s #shopindiesfirstsweepstakes generated nearly 1,000 submissions. The winners will each receive $1,000 worth of books from Penguin Random House. 

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29 Nov

Authors, Readers Connect at Indie Bookstores Nationwide on Indies First

Hundreds of authors showed their support for local independent booksellers by spending Indies First on Small Business Saturday, November 25, greeting customers and hand-selling books at indie bookstores.

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21 Nov
Indies First map

Last Chance to Get on the Indies First Map and Get Noticed!

The Indies First map serves as a central source for customers, media, authors, and publishers to see what’s happening in bookstores nationwide on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

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21 Nov

Indies First Sweepstakes Brings Out the Bookstore Love

Shoppers are writing social media odes to their favorite indie bookstores as part of a special giveaway in celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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20 Nov

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.

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15 Nov
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Booksellers Highlight Strategies for Promoting Indies First to Shoppers

Booksellers are tapping into the power of social media, store newsletters, bag stuffers, and one-on-one conversations to alert shoppers that Indies First on Small Business Saturday is around the corner.

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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 Nov

Indies First Sweepstakes Launches November 15

Beginning today, shoppers at indie bookstores can enter the American Booksellers Association’s new #shopindiesfirstsweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000 worth of books from Penguin Random House.

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The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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