New Business Models

24 Jan

Minneapolis Arts and Business Leaders to Share Insights on Creating a Thriving Literary Community

Minneapolis’ literary community was given a visible presence when three literary organizations came together in 2000 to launch Open Book, a cultural and artistic center dedicated to the book.

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16 Dec

Magic City Books to Open in Tulsa in Early 2017

Magic City Books, a project of the nonprofit Tulsa Literary Coalition, will offer a curated book collection as well as author appearances, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

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30 Nov

HarperCollins Announces New Backlist Program for U.S. Indies

A new HarperCollins backlist program will reward and support independent retailers that maintain a varied selection of backlist titles specific to the store’s strengths and customer base.

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28 Oct

Diamond Book Distributors Offers Free Freight

Effective November 1, Diamond Book Distributors will be offering, as an ongoing special offer, free freight on independent bookstore orders placed by accounts within the contiguous U.S.

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14 Oct

HarperCollins Holiday Express Program Begins October 31

Independent booksellers in the U.S. can take advantage of the HarperCollins 2016 Holiday Express Shipping Program from Monday, October 31, through Friday, January 13, 2017.

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03 Oct

Penguin Random House Launches Expanded Holiday Two-Day Shipping

On October 3, Penguin Random House launched its two-day transit shipping program for the holiday season, one month earlier than in previous years.

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28 Sep

Around Indies

Midtown Reader to open November 12; McNally Jackson to open new store in Greenwich Village; Kepler’s unique business model profiled; Bookshop Santa Cruz dedicates second  reading bench; Two indies honored as the “best”

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21 Sep

Around Indies

Books and Crannies opens in Virginia; Milkweed Books holds grand opening; Let’s Play Books! grows, goes general-interest; Spellbound debuts kids’ reading room; A Room of One’s Own explores co-op model; Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan honored; Scuppernong’s “Ask a Muslim Anything” events spark conversation

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19 Sep

Macmillan to Offer Expedited Shipping October Through December

Macmillan Publishers will be implementing expedited shipping for independent retailers’ reorders from October 3 through December 23, 2016.

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31 Aug

Minneapolis Co-op Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Improve Neighborhood

The NorthEast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis demonstrates how neighbors can work together to encourage investment in the community, helping increase economic activity in the area so small businesses can thrive.

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23 Aug

Four-Eyed Frog Books Becomes Community-Owned

Twenty-three community members in the small Northern California town of Gualala recently became the owners of Four-Eyed Frog Books. The new shareholders are a diverse group, but all have a passion for keeping the bookstore open and thriving.

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27 Jul

South Carolina Calligraphy Store Expands Book Offerings

Bobbi Hahn, owner of calligraphy art and gift store By Hand, Ink in Hilton Head, South Carolina, recently expanded her store’s book offerings after moving to a larger space within the Shops at Sea Pines Center.

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20 Jul

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop Creates Hub for Community Dialogue

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop in Minneapolis provides a safe space where people from all walks of life can safely come together to share their passions, learn from one another, and engage with complex social issues.

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18 Jul Offers Digital Audiobook Platform for Bookstores

A new online platform created by the Seattle-based technology company allows independent bookstores to offer digital audiobooks to their customers through cobranded online storefronts.

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08 Jun

Bookmark It Turns to “Experiential” Sales Model

Bookmark It in Orlando, Florida, recently shifted from selling books at a stall in the local market to renting space and organizing events at other small businesses and in cooperation with area nonprofits.

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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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