Main Street/Shop Local

25 Mar

Spring Forum “New Localism” Video Clips Available

Three video clips featured in the ABA Booksellers Forum education session “Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do” are now available on the ABA YouTube channel.

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23 Mar

Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

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22 Mar

New Localism Toolkit a Boon to Booksellers

Kevin Gillies of City Stacks Books & Coffee and Nina Barrett of Bookends & Beginnings will be using some of the many resources in ABA’s New Localism Toolkit to educate customers, elected officials, and others about the need for public policies that ensure the health of locally owned businesses and their communities.

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17 Mar

Amazon Delivers Hardship for Local Business Owners

In an op-ed that first appeared in the Daily Californian, Amy Thomas, the president of Pegasus Books, explains why we should all be concerned that Amazon continues to create an existential crisis that affects more than bookstores.

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15 Mar

Booksellers Urged to Ask Lawmakers to Investigate Amazon Antitrust Violations

ABA is urging each of its bookseller members to reach out to their lawmakers and ask that they investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations.

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15 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s New Localism initiative and the opportunities and new resources available to booksellers to effect changes in public policy are the subject of ABA CEO Oren Teicher’s bimonthly letter to members.

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09 Mar

New Handout Promotes Linking to Indie Bookstores for Book Sales

To address an ongoing challenge facing indie booksellers, ABA has created a customizable handout that encourages authors and other hosts of consumer websites to link to independent bookstores for book sales.

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02 Mar

New Localism Toolkit Launches

ABA has released a New Localism Toolkit to help booksellers educate their staff, their customers, elected officials, and the media about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement.

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02 Mar

Independent Bookstore Day Tools Available to Help Booksellers Plan Celebrations

On the Independent Bookstore Day website, booksellers can now find a searchable map of stores participating in the April 30 celebration, a gallery of merchandise photos, and a slideshow of tips for making their events a success.

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02 Mar

Winter Institute’s New Localism Sessions Now on Video

Booksellers can now watch videos of three Winter Institute 11 sessions on the New Localism movement: “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” “City Growth and Downtown Math,” and “The New Localism.”

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29 Feb

Find Waldo Local Preregistration Extended to March 8

Preregistration to participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local has been extended for an additional week, to Tuesday, March 8.

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24 Feb

New Localism Toolkit Coming Next Week

ABA will release a New Localism toolkit next week to help booksellers both educate community members and elected officials about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement and better advocate in support of public policy that promotes vibrant and diverse communities.

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17 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Donald Roseman joins Ingram Content Group as vice president of retail; Pulitzer Prizes centennial organizers issue reading challenge; SBA begins online matchmaking for small business loans


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12 Feb

New BookWeb Feature Shines Spotlight on Amazon

Resources offering a wide range of information on Amazon and its effect on Main Street retailers can now be found in one place on

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10 Feb

Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

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