Best Practices

18 Nov

Bookstores Find Big Benefits in New Year’s Day Sales

Want to start 2014 off on the right foot? Here, from the BTW archive, is a look at how some indie booksellers rang in New Year’s Day 2013 with a significant boost in sales and in-store traffic, while simultaneously clearing out leftover holiday merchandise and giving customers a reason to celebrate.

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22 Oct

Edelweiss Best Practices for Buyers

Here is a list of Edelweiss best practices for book buyers, complied by Robert Sindelar of Third Place Books and annotated with links by Above the Treeline’s Joe Foster.

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11 Jul

Booksellers See Opportunity in Business-to-Business Sales

Looking to increase revenue and bring in new customers on top of their regular, in-store business, a number of indie booksellers are turning toward business-to-business sales — large-quantity book sales to companies and organizations.

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13 Jun

Children’s Book Professionals Share Insights Into Common Core

Six panelists joined moderator Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books for the session “Common Core: Insight From Industry Touchpoints” at BEA: Melissa Jacobs-Israel from the New York City public school system; Cheryl Dickemper of The Booksource; Kenny Brechner of Devaney Doak & Garrett; Phoebe Yeh, then of HarperCollins Children’s Books; Becky Anderson of Anderson’s Bookshops; and Victoria Stapleton of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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10 Jun

Panelists Offer Insights on Planning for a Second Location

At ABA’s education session “How to Plan for a Second Location” at BEA, a panel of experienced booksellers shared their experiences of starting a new venture, including determining when to expand, arranging startup capital, finding a location, coordinating staff, managing inventory, and handling POS and store logistics. 

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15 May

Navigating BookExpo America: A Checklist

With BEA less than two weeks away, now’s a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are masters at navigating the trade show and accomplishing key business goals while grabbing galleys, attending educational events, and making new connections.

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07 May

Four Ideas to Reduce Shipping Costs

Shipping can be one of the most complicated — and costly — activities for any small business, but there are ways to reduce your shipping costs, including developing an inbound shipping management program, consolidating shipments, using the correct shipping mode and service level, and getting the best discounts.

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08 Apr

Getting the Most Out of BookExpo America

At Winter Institute 8, veteran booksellers Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction and Bill Cusumano of Nicola’s Books joined Other Press Associate Publisher Paul Kozlowski and BEA Event Director Steve Rosato to give actionable advice on the best strategies for tackling BookExpo America.

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14 Mar

Non-Traditional Events: Booksellers Share What Works

At the Winter Institute session “Beyond the Traditional Author Event,”panelists sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Books, Lacey Dunham of Politics and Prose, and Lauren Savage of The Reading Bug addressed the logistics of planning successful and creative events to increase traffic and drive sales.

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07 Mar

Wi8 Panelists See Immense Opportunity in Common Core Standards

At the Wi8 breakout session “Nonfiction Buying With Core Curriculum in Mind,” panelists Becky Anderson of Anderson’s Bookshops, Kenny Brechner of Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, and Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books explained how the new Common Core State Standards are impacting their schools, communities, and nonfiction sales.

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10 Jan

Bookstores Find Big Benefits in New Year’s Day Sales

Booksellers who hold in-store sales on New Year’s Day agree that it has numerous benefits. From how to handle inventory and merchandising decisions, to learning the best ways to promote the event, booksellers talked to BTW about how they make the most of a New Year’s Day sale.

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09 Jan

A Reminder About Healthcare Tax Credits

As tax season approaches, it is important to remember that the Affordable Care Act includes small business tax credits that could help your business.

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27 Sep

Acorn Takes Root With Help From SBA

The opening of Acorn Books in Dover, Delaware, earlier this month was made possible with help from YWCA’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Division and SCORE — community resources funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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23 Aug

Bookstore Trouble Comes Out of the Blue

Trouble often arrives out of a clear blue sky, even during the lazy days of August. For three booksellers, trouble recently arrived in the form of First Amendent emergencies. ABFFE President Chris Finan explains how each dealt with the unexpected.

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15 Aug

Renovating With an Eye on the Bottom Line

Whether to improve traffic flow, create more or less space, or simply spruce up, several indie bookstores are undergoing renovations with an eye towards improving the bottom line.

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