BTW Articles

08 Apr

Announcing the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award Winners!

The American Booksellers Association today announces the winners of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards, reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide and the IndieBound movement.

This year's winners were chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores nationwide in more than four weeks of voting. Book of the Year winners and Honor Award recipients are all titles appearing on the 2009 Indie Next Lists.

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14 Apr

Step Away From the Cell Phone, Laptop, iPad...

This Saturday, April 17, is the first annual celebration of e-Free Day. IndieBound created e-Free Day as a way for booksellers to encourage customers to put down their electronic gadgets and pick up a book instead!

The ready-made marketing campaign features downloadable e-Free posters,bag stuffers, and a list of activity ideas that stores can use to create in-store events in IndieBound's Bookseller DIY section.

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21 Apr

Indie Booksellers Among Early Tinkers Fans

When Tinkers won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week, author Paul Harding was understandably elated, as was Erika Goldman, editorial director at Bellevue Literary Press, the book's publisher. So were several of the independent booksellers who had steadily handsold and promoted the book since it was published in January 2009.

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28 Apr

WNBA Announces 2010 Pannell Winners

The Women's National Book Association has announced the winners of the 2010 WNBA Pannell Awards, given annually since 1983 to two bookstores that excel in contributing to their communities in ways that bring books and young people together.

This year's General Bookstore winner is The Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, New York. The Children's Specialty Store winner is Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia.

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06 May

Stores Turn to Membership Programs to Build Customer Loyalty

As bookstores look to turn their status as a community hub into a financially rewarding asset, many are exploring customer membership programs. Two stores that offer paid memberships share their thoughts.

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13 May

School Librarians Find Ally at Mrs. Nelson's

Independent booksellers often team up with their local school and public librarians for community projects. But the stakes usually aren't as high as they are now in California, where Mrs. Nelson's Library Services is working with the California School Libraries Association (CSLA) to oppose drastic state and municipal budget cuts.

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17 Mar

Spring Book Awards Season Revs Up

Here's a look at some of the book awards winners and finalists announced in the past week.

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

On Thursday, March 11, at the New School's Tishman auditorium in New York, the National Book Critics Circle announced its award winners for the 2009 publishing year.

The NBCC winners are:

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31 Mar

SBA Briefs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended its increased loan funding and reduced fees for loan applications through April 30.

The extension allows SBA to continue a higher rate of lending in its 7(a) and 504 loan programs, following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "These programs have been successful in helping jump-start our economy, which is why we will continue to work with Congress on a longer extension of the increased guarantee and reduced fees," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

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07 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Ingram to Provide Publisher Content to iBookstore

Ingram Content Group announced this week that it would be providing publisher content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through Ingram's CoreSource® technology, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on the Apple iPad.

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07 Apr

Other Tiger Crosses the River to Serve Customers After Flooding

Eastern Connecticut is drying out from last week's record-setting rains, but it will take time to repair all the damage caused by flooding. In the meantime, Westerly, Rhode Island, bookstore Other Tiger is keeping its Connecticut customers supplied with books.

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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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