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Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

Wednesday's BookExpo panel on the future of bricks-and-mortar retailing couldn't have been scheduled at a more auspicious time for indies: the day after the American Booksellers Association announced a resurgence in the number of independent bookstores.

For the first time since 2005, there are more than 2,000 independent outlets in the U.S. Although ABA CEO Oren Teicher reiterated that statistic at the panel, the line that brought the largest applause

Autumn ushers in a number of changes, not least of which is the new school year. Educational opportunities abound for those with an interest in publishing. Whether the applicant is a recent graduate eager to learn about publishing or a veteran editor seeking new ways of creating digital and interactive content, these are just a few of the top programs publishing enthusiasts should investigate.

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