18 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Philip Rafshoon named program director for Decatur Book Festival; Scarletta Press rebrands, adds imprints

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22 Feb

2012 Toy Fair Finds

Heres a peek at some of the offerings at last weeks 2012 American International Toy Fair that drew the attention of Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys and Jill Miner of Saturn Booksellers.

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25 Aug

Moleskine Launches Writing, Traveling, Reading Collections

This fall, booksellers looking for inventory to complement their bestselling Moleskine notebooks and planners need look no further.

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16 Aug

Promo Aims to Expand Magazines in Indie Bookstores

Magazine publishers have committed to participating in a program developed by Trofie that is designed to expand magazine sales in independent bookstores.

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10 Aug

Gift and Game Buying Made Easier

The Ingram Content Group’s expanded gift and game catalog, which includes more than 125 vendors selected by Ingram buyers and former booksellers, can be used to help launch or augment a store’s non-book inventory.

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07 Jun

Extending the Sale: Non-book in the Children’s Department

At the session “Selling Non-book in the Children's Department," ABA President Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Illinois, moderated a panel discussion with Beth Puffer of Bank Street Bookstore in New York City and Andrea Vuleta of Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in La Verne, California, about their ordering tactics and top picks for toys and games.

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09 May

Booksellers Discover New Products at MSA’s Retail Conference & Expo

Booksellers who attended the Museum Store Association’s recent Retail Conference & Expo found the event, which focused on non-book products, a worthwhile complement to BEA.

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28 Apr

All-New Booksellers Resource Directory Launches

ABA has launched a completely redesigned and expanded online Booksellers Resource Directory in partnership with Multiview, Inc., a publisher of digital buyer’s guides and e-news briefs.

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07 Apr

Books and Food: A Great Combination

Bookstores have found a sideline that everybody likes: food. Booksellers from Books and Greetings, Readers’ Books, and  Clinton Book Shop recently spoke to BTW about the food or food-related items they’ve added to their inventory.

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10 Mar

Nürnberg Toy Fair: Eat Sleep Play

Becky Anderson was “blown away” by the scope of Germany’s Nürnberg Toy Fair, where she recently found several new toy lines for Anderson’s Bookshops and came away with ideas for how indie booksellers can share information about favorite products.

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20 Oct

Booksellers Embrace ABFFE Affiliate Program

Hundreds of booksellers are supporting the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and its all-important work in the fight against censorship by selling products in the ABFFE affiliate program, including reading glasses, bookmarks, and incense.

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09 Sep

Maroma Offers Indian Incense Through ABFFE

Maroma, a supplier of incense and other aromatic products from India, is the newest partner in the affiliate program sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

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21 Jul

Sidelines That Sell

Standout sidelines – whether they’re laminated stamp bookmarks, quality fair trade journals, or flip toys – usually sell themselves.

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04 Nov

Great Gifts & Other Non-Book Products ... Just Don't Call Them Sidelines

As price wars dip into already slim profits, offering an array of gifts and other non-book products with impulse purchase appeal can make a significant difference in a bookstore's bottom line this holiday season. Here's a look at some popular items selling well at three indies whose owners take serious advantage of the excellent margins offered by non-book products. Just don't call them sidelines, Steve Bercu, owner of BookPeople in Austin, Texas, cautioned. "I will point out that BookPeople does not sell any sidelines.

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13 May

Toy Retailing Association Extends Trade Show Discount to ABA Members

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is offering its trade show member rate of $149 to bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association who would like to attend the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, to be held in St.

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