BTW Articles

14 Apr

The Indie Finance & Personal Investing Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending April 13, 2010, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.


J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2010: For Preparing Your 2009 Tax Return
J.K. Lasser Institute, Wiley, $19.95, 9780470447116


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15 Apr

Federal Court Narrows Ohio 'Harmful to Minors' Law in Free Speech Victory

 The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) has welcomed an April 15 federal appeals court ruling that held that an Ohio statute that imposes fines and prison terms for providing non-obscene, sexuallyexplicit material to minors cannot be applied to communications on websites, in public chatrooms, and through e-mail listservs and mailing lists.

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22 Apr

Winners to Attend Celebration of Bookselling

All seven winners of this year's Indies Choice Book Awards will participate in next month's Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America. The May 26 lunchtime event, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, celebrates the relationship between indie booksellers and the titles they most enjoyed handselling during the past year.

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29 Apr

Reservations for Hotel & Celebration Going Fast

With BookExpo America less than four weeks away, reservations for the ABA member-only hotel and for the May 26 Celebration of Bookselling are going fast. ABA is encouraging booksellers who would like to take advantage of each to reserve now.

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06 May

The June 2010 Indie Next List & Notables Preview

Here's a preview of the Indie Next List Great Reads and 12 "Now In Paperback" titles, featured with jacket images, on the June Indie Next List flier, now on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

The June Indie Notables will be featured in a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers on, beginning June 1.

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13 May

Saving Money on Credit & Debit Transactions Focus of ABA Education Session

Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books in Danville, California, recommends booksellers be proactive in handling credit and debit card transactions. He'll discuss managing the complicated fee structure of credit and debit cards to reduce risk and save money at "The Business of Accepting Credit & Debit Cards," an ABA Day of Education session, on Tuesday, May 25, at at BookExpo America.

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25 Mar

Nicola's Books Marks 15 Years

Nicola Rooney with author Randy Wayne White at a recent store signing for Deep Shadow (Putnam).

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31 Mar

Centuries & Sleuths: A Standout for 20 Years

In 1990, Augie Alesky surveyed the residents of Illinois' Oak Park and River Forest communities about their reading and book-buying habits.

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15 Apr

BTW News Briefs

ABA Meets With Ingram and Publisher Partners for Wi5 Debrief

On Thursday, April 8, ABA senior staff met with representatives from Ingram and 18 publishing houses in order to garner publisher feedback on January's ABA Winter Institute, in San Jose, California. About half of the almost four-hour meeting was devoted to an in-depth discussion with the 29 attendees about the three-day institute, which offered a wide range of educational programming free of charge to ABA bookstore members.

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15 Apr

ABA Announces Day of Education Presenters

 The American Booksellers Association's Day of Education, sponsored by Ingram, will feature an impressive lineup of booksellers and publishing executives at the forefront of the industry, as well as representatives of small business advocacy groups, ABA staff, and others, including Google's Tom Turvey and Verso Digital's Jack McKeown.

Due to BookExpo America's move to a shortened, mid-week schedule, the Day of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 25, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

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