BTW Articles

14 Apr

Carmichael's Finds LIBRIS Fits the Bill

Carol Besse, co-owner of Carmichael's Books in Louisville, Kentucky, shares her recent happy experience with LIBRIS, the insurance company formed by ABA to provide affordable insurance protection for its members.


I just had a happy experience I want to share with fellow ABA members.

I tried LIBRIS insurance a couple of years ago and couldn't get what I considered a simple apples-to-apples quote and abandoned the process in frustration. I also have an allegiance to my local agent who I have been with for 30-plus years.

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22 Apr

BTW News Briefs


IndieBound to Launch in U.K. Next Week

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22 Apr

CEO Panel Plenary to Kick Off Programming at BEA

BookExpo America and the American Booksellers Association are joining forces for the Opening Plenary session at next month's trade show to create a major event of interest to all convention goers. The plenary will feature seven of the book industry's leading executives in a timely discussion about the "value of a book," an issue of concern to the entire industry.

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29 Apr

ABA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

The results of balloting by ABA bookstore members to elect three board directors and to ratify the board's selection for president and vice president are now official. Elected to serve three-year terms as directors beginning June 2010 are Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books in Wichita, Kansas; Steve Bercu of BookPeople in Austin, Texas; and Tom Campbell of The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina.

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06 May

72 Hours in New York City: Part 1

The First 24, plus a little more

Monday, May 24

3:00 p.m.: Arrive at The Park Central, and check-in with your discounted ABA-member rate. After unpacking, mosey down to the hotel lobby bar, and reconnect with bookseller friends. Then, grab a bite to fortify for the self-guided NYC bookstore open house tour.

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13 May

Bookstores Welcome BEA Attendees

Booksellers in town for BookExpo America are invited to open houses at 13 ABA member stores on Monday evening, May 24. Visiting booksellers can look forward to a warm reception and some light refreshments. The Open House festivities are co-sponsored by the participating businesses, the American Booksellers Association, and BookExpo America.

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25 Mar

Spotlight on ABA Board Candidate Sarah Bagby

BTW's series of 2010 board candidate profiles starts this week with first-time director candidate Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books in Wichita, Kansas. Ballots for the 2010 ABA Board of Directors elections, e-mailed to ABA main store members on Monday, March 22, must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 26.

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31 Mar

Spotlight on ABA Board Candidate Steve Bercu

The second in BTW's series of board candidate profiles features Steve Bercu of BookPeople in Austin, Texas. Board ballots, which were e-mailed to ABA main store members on Monday, March 22, must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 26.

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07 Apr

Board Ballots Due by April 26

Bookstore members have until midnight on Monday, April 26, to cast their ballots for the 2010 election of American Booksellers Association officers and directors. The ballots were sent to stores via e-mail on Monday, March 22.

One person per ABA Member ID number may vote, and a BookWeb log-in and the store ABA Member ID number are required.

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15 Apr

Author Shares Link Between "Council of Dads," Bookstores

Bruce Feiler not only credits independent booksellers with helping him achieve a career as a writer -- "I am the kind of author who is still writing today, 20 years after I wrote my first book, because of independent bookstores," he said -- but also sees clear parallels between bookstore communities and the type of community he describes in his new book, The Council of Dads

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