20 Feb

Wi14 Education: “Bringing Play and Revenue Into the Store: Board Games are Back!”

Booksellers who have brought board games into their bookstores to sell discussed how they did it in this session moderated by the director of the Game Manufacturers Association.

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05 Feb
From left: Oren Teicher, Betsy Burton, Gayle Shanks, Michael Tucker, Becky Anderson, and Mitch Kaplan

Wi14: ABA Past Presidents on Their Early Years in Bookselling

“The five former presidents here represent a long line of former booksellers who have served as ABA President, and we’re delighted that of the five who are here, they represent those who are still in the business,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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04 Feb
BookExpo 2019 logo

BookExpo to Feature UnBound, a Collection of Bookish Goods

UnBound will present a collection of relevant products across 25 categories, from journals, calendars, and greeting cards to desk accessories, toys, games, art materials, and artisanal/handmade items.

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16 Oct
games at Barstons Child's Play

Board Games Offer Boost in Sales for Indie Bookstores

Here, booksellers discuss the benefits of selling board games. Booksellers who are registered for Winter Institute 2019 who can offer their experiences for an education panel on the topic should let ABA know now.

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17 Jul

Greeting Card Association Seeks Bookseller Feedback

The Greeting Card Association, a member organization comprised of greeting card publishers, has created a survey to gain insight from independent booksellers about potential partnerships.

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05 Oct

In Age of Amazon, Indie Toy Stores, Like Indie Bookstores, Hold Their Own

Indie toy stores, like indie bookstores, have succeeded by leveraging several strengths: the experience they provide for customers, the types of products they sell, and the local connections they create.

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19 Sep

Tubby & Coo’s Doubles Down on Board Game Trend

Tubby & Coo’s owner Candice Huber has introduced a host of board game-related programs in conjunction with the New Orleans store’s third anniversary.

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07 Jun

BTW News Briefs

PRH acquires Out of Print; HarperCollins, Harlequin make leadership changes; C-SPAN coverage of Hillary Clinton at BookExpo now online; Audie Award winners, NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award winner announced

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15 Nov

ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day a Hit for Retailers

Members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, including several bookstores that sell toys, celebrated Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 12.

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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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07 Oct

Turntable Project Spins Vinyl Into Sales Opportunity and Charity Effort

In response to a surge in demand for vinyl, book industry veteran Carl Lennertz has founded the Turntable Project, through which booksellers can stock their stores with new vinyl and turntables and also nominate a local school in need to receive a record player of its own.

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17 Jun

Free Admission for ABA Members at Seven Summer Gift Shows

Booksellers can find a wide range of new products as well as special savings at seven Urban Expositions gift shows in July and August.

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21 Apr

Eat, Sleep, Read…Order! ChicoBag Offers Discount on Top Three IndieBound Slogans

For a limited time, ChicoBag is offering the top three IndieBound slogans most requested by ABA members on original-style bags for half the suggested retail price.

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24 Mar

ChicoBag Affinity Program: A Rewarding Partnership

ChicoBag sells fun, eco-friendly fabric bags that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and through ABA’s ChicoBag affinity program, member stores can order these unique and custom products at a discount.

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12 Mar

Upselling for Kids: Strategies and Best Practices From Wi10

At a Winter Institute panel presented by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, booksellers offered strategies for communicating with customers about products, encouraging and training staff to upsell, and buying and displaying book and non-book pairings to maximize sales.

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