Green Initiative

18 Dec
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Introducing the ABA Green Team

“There is a risk that individuals and businesses may feel, in light of the massive challenges before us, that there is nothing they can do to help,” says ABA’s Meg Smith. “But that isn’t true.”

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19 Jul

Booksellers Focus on Implementing Eco-Conscious Practices

Independent bookstores continue to implement new environmental initiatives and practices, in step with how ideas of green living, sustainability, and climate change have permeated the public consciousness in recent years.

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13 Jan

Around Indies

Plot Twist Bookstore to open in Iowa; Powell’s Books to grow Hawthorne location; Bookshop Santa Cruz to mark 50 years; Lake Forest Book Store plans move; BookBar named Green Business of the Month; Liberty Bay Books customer praises store’s magic

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12 Nov

Solar Initiatives a Success at Two Indie Bookstores

Arizona’s Antigone Books and New Hampshire’s MainStreet BookEnds have each reaped the benefits since switching to solar-powered electrical systems in 2011.

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03 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Bill to limit Amazon’s advantage moves forward in France; Reading Group Choices’ 2014 guide out now; National survey details reading habits; NRF predicts modest growth during holidays; Consumers use smartphones, tablets to shop; California Bookstore Day website live; NCAC in New York Times Sunday Dialogue; Thurber Prize goes to Dan Zevin; Penguin Random House merges audio; HarperCollins joins Scribd’s e-book subscription service; Chronicle Books goes green; BISG announces new mission statement, industry award winners, F+W Media partnership

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21 Dec

Northshire Turns to Solar Power

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, now features an array of photovoltaic panels on its roof. The 16-kilowatt PV system, slated to be online by the end of the year, will supply approximately 10 percent of Northshire’s electric needs.

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08 Sep

Random House Catalogs to Go Paperless

Random House Children’s and Random House Adult catalogs will be going digital only, beginning with their Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 lists, respectively. The change ensures the catalog information will be “more up-to-the-minute, and thus more viable, practical, and useful,” said Ruth Liebmann, vice president, director, account marketing, Random House, Inc.

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23 Jul

A New Crop of Green Sidelines

What's better than the high margins of sidelines? The high margins and driving sales of green sidelines.

At this spring's Go Green Expo in New York City, three floors of the Hilton New York Hotel were devoted to eco-friendly paraphernalia -- from recycled greeting cards to biodegradable umbrellas to rubber wallets.

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18 Jun

ABA at Inaugural Meeting of Book Industry Environmental Council

Last week, the American Booksellers Association continued its environmental efforts on behalf of member booksellers by participating in the Book Industry Environmental Council's first meeting.

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17 Jun

Becoming Green? Having Success With Graphic Novels?

The American Booksellers Association would like to hear from its bookstore members that are having success buying, merchandising, and selling graphic novels, as well as those that are developing and implementing green initiatives. Bookseller success stories will help the association develop education programs and materials to benefit all ABA member stores.

Any bookseller who would like to share their stories is asked to contact ABA Education Coordinator Lisa Winn at or (800) 637-0037, ext. 6657.

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12 Jun

Booksellers Find Ways to Greener Retailing at ABA Panel

It was standing room only at ABA's Day of Education "Green Retailing" session on Thursday, May 29 at BookExpo America. Booksellers packed the room to hear panelists Suzy Staubach of University of Connecticut Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut, Natalie Freidberg of All Shades of Green in Los Angeles, and Ferris Kawar, vice president of sustainability at Greenopia, discuss strategies for lowering a retailer's impact on the environment using methods from the simple to the sublime.

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22 May

Ed Begley, Jr. on an Eco-Friendly Life

There is no question: environmentalism is in. It's cool to be green these days, especially in Hollywood. But, as is so often the case in la-la land, not everything you see is real. While any number of celebrities are very good at talking the green talk, many are not so adept at walking the walk -- unless it's to their idling private jets.

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08 May

Green Bagging It

Indie booksellers are waging the green revolution on several fronts -- developing and expanding Green Living/Environmental sections, offering green sidelines, reducing waste, and increasing energy efficiency. Related green issues of particular interest, as evidenced by discussions at recent ABA Booksellers Forums, are how to reduce the use of merchandise bags and what to provide as an eco-friendly alternative.

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24 Apr

Ed Begley, Jr. to Kick Off ABA Day of Education

Ed Begley, Jr., who has become as well known for his environmental activism as for his acting career, will be the morning's keynote speaker at the American Booksellers Association's Day of Education on Thursday, May 29.

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About ABA

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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