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  • Bookstores Need More than Hope. They Need Sales. And Soon.

    Despite expanding their services during the most challenging time for retailers in recent memory, booksellers enter the holiday season worried about forces beyond their control.

  • SIBA Membership Nearly Quadrupled in 2020

    The annual meeting of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, which took place at the New Voices New Rooms conference on Thursday, revealed that its membership jumped from 160 stores in 2019 to 589 stores this year, after it waived membership dues.

  • NAIBA Membership Pulls Together During a Difficult Year

    The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association board met virtually with its membership on Thursday morning to review a year that was marked by both unprecedented challenges and bold new initiatives.

  • Release of 'Rage' Led to Small Unit Sales Increase Last Week

    Helped by the release of Bob Woodward's 'Rage,' unit sales of print books rose 2.3% last week at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • New England Booksellers Announce Major Diversity Reading Initiative

    Word of the new NEIBA Reading Challenge, aimed at radically reshaping the reading habits of booksellers in the region, came just hours before the announcement that only one charge would be brought against a police officer in the killing of Breonna Taylor—news that reverberated during the bookselling organization’s evening awards banquet.

  • Suburban Toronto Indigo Store Unionizes

    Workers at the Indigo Books & Music location in Mississauga, Ontario, in suburban Toronto, have voted to join UFCW Local 1006A, prompted in part by orders to clean customer bathrooms.

  • How Bookstores Can Keep Bestsellers In Stock

    The Heartland Summer virtual trade show's final education session for GLIBA and MIBA booksellers featured a panel of publishers explaining the 'witchy science' of determining print runs to keep books moving from printers to bookstores during a tough time for American printers.

  • Booksellers Talk Lost Books, Sex, and Good Business at NAIBA/SIBA Conference

    In packed workshop sessions and thematic buzz panels, booksellers and editors were able to rekindle much of the educational reason for attending—and some of the interpersonal reasons as well.

  • Combined Regional Bookseller Conference Draws a (Digital) Crowd

    In a partnership that may turn out to be a rare, notable success during the pandemic, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance saw their five-day combined conference kick off on Monday with high attendance.

  • Print Unit Sales Rose 7.2% in Early September

    Unit sales of print books in the week ended Sept. 12, 2020, rose 7.2% over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: September 21, 2020

    The Trump administration figures prominently in three of the week’s new releases, including the #1 book in the country, Michael Cohen’s ‘Disloyal.’ Plus ‘A Man Called Ove’ author Fredrik Backman satisfies the ‘Anxious People’ who were awaiting his latest, and Momofuku’s David Chang dares to ‘Eat a Peach.’

  • Bookstore Sales Fell 24.6% in July

    Bookstore sales dropped 24.6% in July compared to a year ago, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The July results were an improvement over steeper sales drops in recent months, but sales through the first seven months of 2020 were down 31.6%.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: September 14, 2020

    Elena Ferrante returns with the #8 book in the country, ‘The Lying Life of Adults.’ Plus Yaa Gyasi’s ‘Transcendent Kingdom,’ the latest Read with Jenna pick, lands at #4 in hardcover fiction, and Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five, coauthors the YA novel-in-verse ‘Punching the Air.’

  • September Begins with a 17.5% Gain in Unit Sales

    With all but one category posting double-digit gains, unit sales of print books rose 17.5% in the week ended Sept. 5, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • How Bookstore Unions Are Stepping Up

    No single event has wiped out more bookselling jobs in the modern era than the Covid-19 pandemic. Few booksellers have any job protections—that is, unless they have a union.

  • Bookshop Opens in the U.K. has opened to the U.K. trade and will be open to consumers in November.

  • Print Unit Sales Rose 4.3% Last Week

    After two weeks of minor declines, unit sales of print books rose 4.3% last week over the week ended August 29 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The increase was helped by Dav Pilkey's 'Dog Man: Grime and Punishment,' which sold more than 239,000 copies in its first week on sale.

  • Pros and Cons of Virtual Events Weighed by Publishers, Booksellers

    Three representatives from major publishing companies discussed the logistics of sponsoring virtual author events and best practices with Midwest booksellers on a September 8 panel that is part of the Heartland Fall Forum program.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: September 7, 2020

    Jon Meacham has the #2 book in the country with ‘His Truth Is Marching On,’ a biography of civil rights icon John Lewis. Plus ‘H Is for Hawk’ author Helen Macdonald alights at #13 in hardcover nonfiction with ‘Vesper Flights,’ and politics and pythons mingle in Carl Hiaasen’s ‘Squeeze Me.’

  • A Different Kind of Independent Bookstore Day

    More than 600 stores participated in this year’s event on August 29, held months after its usual date due to the pandemic, and saw booksellers, largely unable to host in-store events, finding creative ways to connect with their communities.

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