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Indie bookstores wrestle with e-book business

CBC – 2010-12-22

The Canadian Booksellers Association is in talks to make e-books available on bookstore websites and through in-store kiosks - the industry's response to the growing popularity of e-book readers
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Highest ever entries for the indie crown

The Bookseller has received a record number of entries for its Independent Bookseller of the Year... | The Bookseller – 2012-02-10

African-American Indie Bookstores: Hanging Tough

In business for a total of 122 years, four well-known African-American–owned bookstores—Eso Won (22 years); Hue-Man (10 years); Marcus Book Stores (52 years); and the Shrine of the Black Madonna... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-01-20

Indie publishers enjoy 'strong' Christmas

Independent publishers have reported a stronger Christmas than in 2010, with Waterstones showing... | The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Sherborne start for Winstone indie venture

Wayne Winstone, former head of children's books for Ottakar's and Waterstones and... | The Bookseller – 2012-01-13

Search for Britain's best indie bookshop begins

The first category of this year's Bookseller Industry Awards opens next week, with... | The Bookseller – 2012-01-06

Guardian launches indie guide

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 29/09/2011 - 13:55 A guide to independent bookshops will be given away in this Saturday's Guardian [1st October], with more than 350 indies... | The Bookseller – 2011-09-29

Indie Alliance sets up loyalty card scheme

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 23/09/2011 - 09:00 The Independent Alliance has launched a nationwide loyalty card scheme for independent bookshops, with 114 indies signed up... | The Bookseller – 2011-09-23

White Horse wins Vintage indie prize

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 23/09/2011 - 08:40 The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, has been named Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year, with two London... | The Bookseller – 2011-09-23

French publishers back indie booksellers

Written By: Barbara Casassus Publication Date: Tue, 06/09/2011 - 08:55 Two French publishers have launched a public call to arms to defend independent booksellers, which continue to suffer from... | The Bookseller – 2011-09-06

Pritchard's fourth indie in a week to close

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 25/08/2011 - 07:40 Pritchard's Bookshop has become the fourth independent this week to announce its closure, shutting its doors for the last time... | The Bookseller – 2011-08-25

Waterstone's Kennedy buys indie in Ealing

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 25/08/2011 - 14:30 Former Waterstone’s head of range Fiona Kennedy has set up a bookshop in Ealing in west London after a “serendipity moment”... | The Bookseller – 2011-08-25

Derwent Bookshop latest indie to shut

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 24/08/2011 - 08:53 Derwent Bookshop in Cumbria has become the latest independent bookshop to signal its closure, blaming competition from other... | The Bookseller – 2011-08-24

High street "a goner" says Cumbrian indie owner

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 24/08/2011 - 15:16 The owner of Derwent Bookshop has declared the British high street “a goner” as the only bookshop in Workington is forced to... | The Bookseller – 2011-08-24

Indie opened by A A Milne's son to close after 60 years

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 18/08/2011 - 12:15 A Dartmouth bookshop opened by the son of Winnie-the-Pooh author A A Milne is closing down after 60 years. The Harbour Bookshop... | The Bookseller – 2011-08-18

Indie publishers ready digital editions and reprints after Booker fillip

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Wed, 27/07/2011 - 09:10 The smaller publishers whose titles have been selected for the Man Booker longlist, including Seren Books, Sandstone Press... | The Bookseller – 2011-07-27

New indie signs five

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Tue, 26/07/2011 - 08:00 New publishing house Rickshaw Publishing has signed up a further five authors, having announced its launch list of three... | The Bookseller – 2011-07-26

Recession to blame for closure of Scottish indie

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 06/07/2011 - 07:53 An independent bookshop in the Scottish Borders has said it will close, blaming the recession and the strain on customers’... | The Bookseller – 2011-07-06

Social enterprise group buys Garforth indie

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 22/06/2011 - 09:14 A social enterprise group has bought a struggling bookshop in a bid to support community spirit and help prevent loneliness. The... | The Bookseller – 2011-06-22

Edinburgh indie proposes World Book Night alternative

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 31/05/2011 - 16:21 An Edinburgh independent has proposed an alternative to World Book Night next year, where readers buy tickets to attend book swap... | The Bookseller – 2011-05-31

Isle of Mull indie closes doors for last time

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 18/05/2011 - 07:45 An independent bookshop on the remote Scottish Isle of Mull has closed its doors after 40 years. Coffee and Books in Dervaig, on... | The Bookseller – 2011-05-18

French indie portal launches

Written By: Barbara Casassus Publication Date: Tue, 29/03/2011 - 08:20 The French internet portal for independent booksellers,, will finally be launched on 4th April after several... | The Bookseller – 2011-03-29

Five-figure deal to indie Inside Pocket

Publication Date: Fri, 18/03/2011 - 10:17 Independent children's publisher Inside Pocket has signed a five-figure four-book deal with Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Ursula Jones. Director of Inside... | The Bookseller – 2011-03-18

Gardners Hive responds to feedback with indie offer

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 16/03/2011 - 09:08 Indie retailers across the country have been issued with the final proposals for and are considering whether to sign... | The Bookseller – 2011-03-16

Revived indie sees £600k sales

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 14/03/2011 - 15:55 The revived independent retailer Watkins Books has achieved £600,000 in revenue in the first 12 months of business. American... | The Bookseller – 2011-03-14

Continuum crowned indie publisher of the year

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 11/03/2011 - 09:04 Continuum has been crowned the Independent Publishers Guild's Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG awards, in a night when... | The Bookseller – 2011-03-11

Record entries for indie award

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 25/02/2011 - 08:35 The Bookseller has received a record number of entries to its Best Independent of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners. More than... | The Bookseller – 2011-02-25

Daily Telegraph votes The Book Hive best indie in Britain

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 08:49 The Book Hive in Norwich has been voted the best bookshop in Britain, according to a Daily Telegraph survey. More than 18,000... | The Bookseller – 2011-02-15

Indie booksellers cool on WBD flip-books

Independent booksellers have given reluctant... | The Bookseller – 2010-12-16

Vintage plans annual indie bookshop award

Vintage Books is launching an annual award... | The Bookseller – 2010-12-15

Indie Mag Venus Zine Relaunches

Music magazines have, probably more than any other category, a particularly strong DIY heritage, often growing up from crude, but passionate, homemade zines. | Folio Mag – 2010-04-02

News: Apple signs indie publisher Perseus to e-books deal

Perseus Books Group, the largest distributor of independent publishers, has signed a deal with Apple to offer its books on Apple’s upcoming iBookstore. The New York Times reports that Perseus is a... | iLounge – 2010-03-22

Indie Bookseller Rallying Support for Macmillan

Matt Norcross of McLean and Eakin Booksellers wants indie booksellers to feature Macmillan titles on their Web sites in a move to show support for the publisher. | Publishers Wekly – 2010-01-30

Canada's Largest Indie Retailer Enters Bankruptcy Protection

McNally Robinson Booksellers, Canada's largest independent bookseller, filed for bankruptcy, closing two of its four stores. | Publishers Wekly – 2009-12-31

Indie Bookseller Cancels Ayers/Dohrn Event

Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., canceled an author event scheduled for April 8 with 1960’s husband-and-wife radicals William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, promoting their book Race Course:... | Publishers Wekly – 2009-04-02

Departure of Taylor Worries Indie Press Community

Karin Taylor, executive director of the nonprofit New York Center for Independent Publishing, was laid off last week raising concerns about the future of the center. | Publishers Wekly – 2009-02-05

Autopsy of an Indie Bookseller

BusinessWeek Online - For decades, Cody's Books was a Berkeley (Calif.) institution with an international reputation as a modern-day agora. From the start, the independent bookstore was about more... | BusinessWeek Online – 2009-01-15

Editor keeps indie magazine growing

Hillary Harrison and her brother were bored one day in 1999, so they decided to start a magazine. Ten years later, even as today's would-be media moguls head to the Web, her Louisville-based... | Louisville Courier-Journal – 2008-10-13

An Indie Hits Back at Globe's Amazon Exclusive

Although Globe Pequot Press president and publisher Scott Watrous told PW yesterday that he did not think other accounts would react negatively, there has been at least a mild reaction to the... | Publishers Wekly – 2008-09-11

Judges revealed for Vintage indie award

The judges been revealed for the Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year Award, which is to... | The Bookseller – 2012-02-16

New indie presses plan bold bespoke lists

A central and eastern European specialist, an illustrated publishing-led list and a house... | The Bookseller – 2012-02-17

BA aims to kick-start indie e-book sales

The Booksellers Association is in “advanced” talks with two companies over an e-book... | The Bookseller – 2012-03-01

Banned novel makes Indie Foreign Fiction Prize longlist

A novel banned by the Chinese government has made the longlist for the Independent Foreign... | The Bookseller – 2012-03-08

DRM is crushing indie booksellers online

By requiring retailers to encrypt e-books with DRM, big publishers are essentially banning online indie bookstores and increasing their own dependence on the whims of Apple and Amazon. Emily Gould... | GigaOM – 2012-04-06

An indie bookstore 'saved by a tweet'

Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon, saved from shutting its doors when the owner's son tweeted a plea to help save it, is now celebrating its 20th birthday. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-05-11

Octogenarian wins Indie Foreign Fiction Prize

Octogenarian Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for... | The Bookseller – 2012-05-15

Indie bookstores embrace instant publishing machine

Self-publishing and recreating out-of-print books has been made easier since the debut of the Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books, even turning some local works into bestsellers. | CBC – 2012-06-11

Indie booksellers object to U.S. e-books deal

(Reuters) - The American Booksellers Association, which represents U.S. independent bookstores, has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top... | Reuters – 2012-06-15

BA backs indie's high street shopping campaign

An independent bookseller who launched a campaign to encourage more people to shop on their high... | The Bookseller – 2012-08-17

Kobo signs deal to sell through U.S. indie bookstores

Kobo has signed a new partnership with U.S. independent booksellers will give loyal indie customers the option of digital reading, while continuing to support their local bookstore. | CBC – 2012-08-30

ReKiosk Tries an Indie Online Sales Model

Aziz Isham did not intend to get into retailing. Instead, ReKiosk, the online storefront he cofounded that started up last week—it currently offers only music and books—came out of conversations... | Publishers Weekly – 2012-09-07

Anobii puts back indie affiliation scheme

Anobii has postponed until 2013 an affiliation scheme it devised to enable independent... | The Bookseller – 2012-09-13

Booker shines spotlight on indie publishers

Booker novel shines spotlight on indie publishing | BBC – 2012-09-19

How to Promote Your Book Like an Indie Rock Star

In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with indie rock singer and author Alina Simone. Simone talked about her memoir, You Must Go and Win. She also shared book promotion tips... | Media Bistro – 2012-10-05

Indiebound creates indie recommendation site

The Booksellers Association’s IndieBound scheme is creating a consumer-facing website of... | The Bookseller – 2012-10-17

Winterson memoir bags indie booksellers prize

Members of the public have voted Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (... | The Bookseller – 2012-10-30

Horologicon tops indie Christmas tips

Mark Forsyth’s follow-up to last Christmas’ runaway hit The Etymologicon has been... | The Bookseller – 2012-11-20

Happy holidays for indie bookstores – but not for Barnes

Barnes & Noble reported disappointing holiday sales numbers while, in contrast, some independent bookstores said they had their best month ever. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-01-04

Amazon tax fallout boosts indie Christmas sales

The majority of independent booksellers saw a Christmas sales rise in 2012, with fall-out from... | The Bookseller – 2013-01-07

Indie bookstores report strong sales for 2012

Sales at independent bookstores rose almost 8 percent during the year, according to data from about 500 stores. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-01-12

Triple whammy forces indie bookshops to close

A number of independent bookshops are to close in the first quarter of 2013 ahead of the business... | The Bookseller – 2013-02-08

Indie Reps: Changing with the Times

The fate of the independent sales representative may be inextricably linked to that of the independent bookstore. | Publishers Weekly – 2013-02-08

Indie bookstores sue Amazon, big-6 publishers for using DRM to create monopoly on ebooks

Three independent bookstores have filed a class action suit against Amazon the big-six publishers, alleging that the proprietary DRM Amazon uses on ebooks creates a monopoly. | GigaOM – 2013-02-21

Indie booksellers in anti-trust dream over Kindle

In a legal motion that brings to mind Sancho Panza and Don Quixote, three independent bookstores, including tiny Posman Books in Grand Central, have filed a class action suit charging and... | Crains New York – 2013-02-22

Three indie bookstores file lawsuit against Amazon and Big Six publishers

The stores charge that secret agreements made between the publishers and Amazon give Amazon the advantage in selling e-books, but some industry observers find flaws in their logic. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-02-22

Indie bookshop numbers fall

The total number of independent bookshops on the high street has declined for a sixth consecutive... | The Bookseller – 2013-02-22

A Global Digital Marketplace for Prestige Indie Print

Print remains prestigious in the boutique realms of independent magazines, zines and comics. Berlin's Anikibo promises to offer the best indie magazine selection — online. | Publishing Perspectives – 2013-03-12

PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz Producer Leaves for Indie-Focused Studio

Add one more name -- Giordano "Gio "Contestabile -- to that list of ex-EA folks now at mobile indie game publisher Tilting Point. | AllThingsD – 2013-03-21

US indie Melville House to open British branch

US independent publisher Melville House is to open a London office with the aim of forming a... | The Bookseller – 2013-03-21

Short Books + Fast Books (and Diet) = Indie Publishing Success

With The Fast Diet, UK publisher Short Books has the biggest hit in its history. Co-founder Rebecca Nicolson reflects on why, and the role of independent publishers today. | Publishing Perspectives – 2013-03-22

Amazon and US publishers dismiss indie DRM lawsuit

Amazon and six US publishers have asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit by three American... | The Bookseller – 2013-04-03

Indie publisher staff see pay and benefits rise

Staff at independent publishers have seen increases in pay and benefits over the last three years... | The Bookseller – 2013-04-15

Indie Alliance creates Independents Day

The Independent Alliance consortium of UK publishers is partnering with the ICA to launch a one-... | The Bookseller – 2013-04-17

Philipp Meyer's 'The Son' gets strong support from indie bookstores

Baltimore native Philipp Meyer is enjoying a very good spring. The young writer has just published his second novel, "The Son," to rave reviews in The Washington Post and elsewhere. Texas Monthly... | The Washington Post – 2013-06-03

Indie publishers debate Amazon and IP

  The dominance of Amazon and the importance of copyright were two key themes of... | The Bookseller – 2013-06-07

Xbox One retail consoles double as debug units, Microsoft to allow indie self-publishing (update)

Microsoft's Xbox One is getting decidedly more indie-friendly with today's confirmation from Microsoft that its forthcoming game console will double as a developer debug unit. In so many words, each... | Engadget – 2013-07-25

Xbox One to allow indie games makers

Microsoft is to allow independent games developers to self-publish on its Xbox One games console, in a reversal of its previous policy. | BBC World – 2013-07-25

Indie bookstore owners throw the book at President Obama

President Obama likened Amazon to Santa Claus in a speech on Tuesday about creating more middle-class jobs. "Last year, during the busiest day of the Christmas rush, customers around the world... | The Washington Post – 2013-07-31

Amazon jobs are 'a great example of what's possible,' says Obama as more indie booksellers object

President Obama appeared as scheduled at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Amazon warehouse and praised the business, causing even more independent booksellers to express their displeasure with his endorsement. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-08-01

Indie Bookstores Thrive on Kickstarter

Independent bookstores have jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon. In an effort to stay solvent amid competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, shops like Books of Wonder in Manhattan have used... | The Atlantic Wire – 2013-08-12

Amazon lockers blamed in indie closure

Two bookshops have announced they are due to close this summer due to rising competition from the... | The Bookseller – 2013-08-16

Xbox One courts indie developers

Microsoft is to give away free Xbox One development kits to encourage independent developers to self-publish games for its forthcoming console. | BBC World – 2013-08-20

Xbox One indie program will support free-to-play games, microtransactions

Looking into Microsoft's ID@Xbox program for independent developers? You'll be happy to hear that the company won't be placing any restrictions on your desired distribution model. Speaking to Joystiq... | Engadget – 2013-09-02

Sherman Alexie to authors: Work at an indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday

Alexie, author of books including 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,' wrote a letter urging his fellow writers to handsell their books on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 'The most... | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-06

What Do Authors Owe to Indie Booksellers?

Sherman Alexie is encouraging authors to spend a day working in a bookstore handselling their own books, but some authors already feel overstretched. | Publishing Perspectives – 2013-09-06

James Patterson To Donate $1 Million To Indie Bookstores (VIDEO)

James Patterson said on "CBS This Morning" that he intended to help children become better readers. His announcement comes at a time when one in every seven American adults reads below a fifth grade... | The Huffington Post – 2013-09-16

National Book Awards YA Longlist Goes Indie

After shuffling up its usual nominating process, the National Book Foundation has announced the very first long-list of finalists for the National Book Awards.     | The Atlantic Wire – 2013-09-16

James Patterson will donate $1 million to indie bookstores

Patterson says a bookstore will need to be 'viable' and have a kids' section to qualify for a donation. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-18

Indie Rockers Collaborate On Album Tribute To Jack Kerouac

NEW YORK — Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel – and it's not "On the Road." The album, which features artists like The Low... | The Huffington Post – 2013-09-19

Is having a strong children's section a secret to success for indie bookstores?

An informal survey recently carried out by Publishers Weekly found that most stores where children's books had a strong presence are doing well financially. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-09-25

All-indie shortlist for Dylan Thomas Prize

The shortlist for the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced, with all of the... | The Bookseller – 2013-10-07

Supporting the Indie Wave

In mid-September, James Patterson caught booksellers’ attention with something other than his latest bestseller, when he appeared on CBS This Morning and announced that he would give $1 million... | Publishers Weekly – 2013-10-13

Amazon's Source program invites indie stores to sell Kindles

Amazon's new program invites indies to sell Kindles and receive a commission from e-books bought by their customers (if the store is eligible). Many stores are unimpressed, with one bookstore worker... | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-11-08

Getting Kindles into Indie Bookstores Isn’t Going to Be Easy

Amazon is offering independent bookstores Kindles to sell and a commission on ebook sales, but most have rejected the proposal as bad business and "a lie." | Publishing Perspectives – 2013-11-08

Indie booksellers pick Christmas 'top 10'

Independent booksellers have chosen the 10 "less ordinary" books they think will become... | The Bookseller – 2013-11-12

Fans Spend $150K to Help Save a Beloved Indie Comic Publisher

Put in a financial bind after the passing of one of its founding partners, comics publisher Fantagraphics Books turned to Kickstarter to raise $150,000 to fund an entire season of books -- and got... | Wired – 2013-11-13

Eyeing Indie Presses for The Next Great Thing

Last fall, Timothy O’Connell, an editor at Vintage, noticed a starred PW review of The Natural Order of Things by Kevin P. Keating. | Publishers Weekly – 2013-11-16

Chicago's Best Indie Bookstores For Buying Books By Local Authors

Chicago has a grand literary tradition that can lay claim to greats like Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks and Saul Bellow, so it's only natural that the city rocks an impressive array of... | The Huffington Post – 2013-11-27

'Cider Monday' catches on with indie booksellers

After the staff at New Hampshire bookstores proposed 'Cider Monday' as a holiday to celebrate on America's Cyber Monday, the idea caught on with other indie sellers. | The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-12-03

Amazon reveals quarter of Kindle ebook sales in US were for indie publishers

Figures from world's biggest bookseller trumpeted as sign of how self-publishing and smaller labels are changing the industryAs many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on are from... | The Guardian – 2013-12-05

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