BTW Articles

31 Mar

Join the Celebration!

The spirit of indie booksellers and the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award winners will be honored at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Lunch at BookExpo America. Two booksellers from each ABA member store can reserve a spot at the Celebration, to be held on Wednesday, May 26, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

The free event, open exclusively to owners and staff at ABA member stores, will bring together indie booksellers and dozens of authors whose works have appeared on the Indie Next Lists.

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07 Apr

New Law Allows Companies to Put Social Benefits Before Profit

It's been four years since Muhammad Yunus used his Nobel Lecture to advocate for social businesses, companies that balance the pursuit of profit with responsible and sustainable management practices. Now several states are considering legislation that would make it easier to operate a business that chooses not to maximize shareholder value.

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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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The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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