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Vacation Reading

Allison Hill | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I go to work and browse the bookshelves. Ask my fellow booksellers for recommendations. Buy more books. Then I evolve and start "surfing" online. Reading reviews and blogs. Spying on staff picks from other bookstores.

Book Clubs Are Badass

Allison Hill | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

The gravity of choosing a club name. The ongoing battles to select titles. The no holds barred opinions and heated debates. Kicking members out for failing to read the book or stay on topic. The wine! These readers are the masters of their literary domain.

Brick and Mortar vs. Amazon

Deborah Doucette | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Deborah Doucette

When one of my books came out recently, I did what all authors must do these days -- unless you are Stephen King or Alice Munro or Snooki -- promote your own book.

Could Barnes & Noble's Struggles Be Good For Indie Bookstores?

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

By Danny O. Snow for IndieReader: Does art imitate life, or vice versa? Back in 1998, we all rooted for the charming little bookshop around the...

Dear Oprah

Allison Hill | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Allison Hill

I guess I miss the good ol' days. President Clinton was in office and was frequently photographed with a book in hand, or seen visiting a bookstore. You had your book club. But I still want to say thank you for everything you've done to support books and promote reading.

Obama's Disappointing Letter To Indie Booksellers

Zoë Triska | Posted 08.30.2013 | Books

President Obama recently responded to a letter from New England Independent Booksellers Association director Steve Fischer in reference to Obama's rec...

Book Store Owners Call Out Obama

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 08.01.2013 | Small Business

President Obama’s jobs speech at an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. earlier this week has sparked angry reactions from independent bookseller...

An Open Letter From an Indie Author to America's Independent Booksellers

Hillary Rettig | Posted 03.13.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

Many indie authors, as it happens, are highly entrepreneurial and professional, and many of us are managing to sell our books on Amazon and elsewhere, so why shouldn't you be able to work with us and cash in?

How Will We Read: On Main Street?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Many independent book stores are already redefining their role for the future by finding new and compelling ways to differentiate themselves from online retailers.

Technology and the Independent Bookstore (Part 2)

Christin Evans | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books
Christin Evans

IndieCommerce is a clunky response to Amazon's efficient and elegant solution to selling books online. Independent bookstores need their own efficient and elegant solution.

Independent Booksellers Choice Awards Announced: Join The Debate On Who Should Win!

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Yesterday, Melville House, in addition to many other independent publishers, announced the first Independent Booksellers Choice Awards. They are doing...

'The Tower, The Zoo, And The Tortoise': This Summer's Surprise Beach Read?

USA Today | Craig Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Can a quirky novel about a hapless Beefeater guard at the Tower of London and his 181-year-old pet tortoise, Mrs. Cook, be August's hot beach read?...

Indie Bookstores Rising: New York Mag Gets Up Close And Personal With New York City's Independents

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

New York Magazine has a great feature in its Books section today celebrating the independent bookstores of New York City. It consists of six different...

Small Bookstore Survives Economy

Naperville Sun | David Sharos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Some might call it "the little engine that could." Others might just see it as an iconic symbol of Naperville. Or maybe it proves that the mom and pop...

Summer Reading: Indie Booksellers Pick 15 Great New Beach Reads (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lists of the best summer beach reads abound at this time of year and independent booksellers are some of the most trustworthy sources when it comes to...

Will Pajama Parties and Snail Races Save UK Indie Booksellers?

The Bookseller | Victoria Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Snail racing, pyjama parties and cookie decorating are just some of the events taking place in bookshops across the country next week to celebrate Ind...

Amazon Tries For Online Bookselling Monopoly In Europe

MobyLives | Dennis Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Independent Online Booksellers Association has issued a public letter to the EU and fair trade offices in Germany, the UK, France and elsewhere co...

Summer Reading: Independent Booksellers Share Their Top Picks For Summer Reading

NPR | Sam Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This summer's rays of literary sunshine come from 15 authors whose topics range from loaves of bread to small-town life in the Texas Hill Country. The...

At BookExpo America, Anxiety Amid The Chatter

The New York Times | JULIE BOSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As the book industry gathered for its annual convention in New York this week, it had plenty to be nervous about: the threat of piracy, the decline of...

UK Supermarket Tesco Helps Struggling Independent Bookshop

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's no secret that, faced with cutthroat competition from the supermarkets and Amazon, independent booksellers are struggling to survive. But in a ch...

I Sell Books. More Specifically, I Sell Time.

Geoffrey Jennings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geoffrey Jennings

The number of independent booksellers is growing, and the explanation is very simple. Independent booksellers sell books.

Evolve or Die: Why Reinvent Independent Bookstores?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

We believe that independent bookstores can have a great future and we are betting our careers on it.

The Year's 9 Best Books From Small Publishers

Kevin Sampsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kevin Sampsell

I see a lot of cool stuff from authors before anyone else has even heard of them. 2009 was no exception. Here are the highlights from my own personal reading list.

Fire Sale on Bestselling Books? Not Quite.

Geoffrey Jennings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geoffrey Jennings

For major online retailers the entire category of books is a loss leader. They want to sell you anything and everything; their lure is cheap books.

The Publishers Run into Sharp Elbows

William Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Petrocelli

Many familiar independent booksellers are gone, and they've been replaced by big-box retailers with far sharper elbows. At the moment, they -- not the publishers -- appear to be controlling the book business.