Indies First

28 Nov
Jason Reynolds

December 10 Deadline to Submit Proposal for an Event With Jason Reynolds in 2019

Stores that participated in the #IndiesGiveBack campaign received an e-mail with instructions for how to submit a proposal for author Jason Reynolds to visit their community this spring.

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19 Nov
Jason Reynolds and Ghost book cover

Jason Reynolds Kicks Off “Ghost” Giveaway at Miami Book Fair

Award-winning author Reynolds, who is serving as Indies First spokesperson, launched the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign (#IndiesGiveBack) over the weekend.

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19 Nov

Jason Reynolds Pens Letter to Readers for Special-Edition “Ghost” Giveaway

As part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign, booksellers are working with local schools and educational programs to give young readers 20,000 free copies of Ghost this week.

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14 Nov

This Indies First, Publishers’ Special Terms Offer Booksellers a Range of Deals

This year, 37 publishers and university presses are offering ABA member booksellers special terms for Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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14 Nov

Indies First “Ghost” Giveaway: Copies to Arrive at Bookstores This Week

Booksellers who signed up to participate in the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign should keep an eye out for their cartons of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost, which are en route now.

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14 Nov

Booksellers Give Back to Young Local Readers With “Ghost” Giveaway

Hundreds of bookstores are working with schools and community partners to donate special-edition copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost as part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign.

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13 Nov
Ross Gay

Ross Gay Praises Indies in Essay Penned for Small Business Saturday

In “The Laboratory: Delighting in Independent Bookstores,” poet and professor Ross Gay encourages people to visit their local independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday.

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07 Nov

Reminder: Submit Your Proposal to Receive One of Two Events With Jason Reynolds in 2019

Stores participating in this month’s #IndiesGiveBack campaign received an e-mail with instructions for how to submit a proposal for author Jason Reynolds to visit their community this spring.

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07 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, Teicher encourages booksellers to gear up for the holiday sales season as well as the sixth annual celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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07 Nov

Two Indies First Press Release Templates Now Available on BookWeb.org

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

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01 Nov

Publishers’ Special Terms for Indies First Offer Great Deals for Booksellers

“We love the special terms and it’s good for our bottom line when we get behind a book,” said Bill Reilly, co-owner of the river’s end bookstore.

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01 Nov

Celebrate With Your Community This Small Business Saturday

American Express, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Etsy, The Wing, Record Store Day, and the American Booksellers Association are among those backing the shop small movement on November 24.

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01 Nov

Libro.fm’s Indies First Promo, November 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

Just in time for Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Libro.fm has announced details about how it will be celebrating indie bookstores, as well as the November 2018 Audiobook Bestseller List, based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations.

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30 Oct

Special Publisher Terms for Indies First Make a Difference, Booksellers Say

In a business with small profit margins, said Jeanne Costello of Maria’s Bookshop, using publishers’ special terms for Indies First “can make the difference that puts you in the black.”

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23 Oct

This Indies First, Take Advantage of Special Terms From More Than 35 Publishers

When indie bookstores join together to participate in programs like Indies First, said ABA President Robert Sindelar, “we have the opportunity to remind our publishing partners of our collective muscle.”

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