BTW Articles

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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22 Apr

Around Indies

The Book Shop Marks 50 Years

The Book Shop, a used bookstore in Hayward, California, recently reached its 50th birthday. The store is on its third set of owners: Carl and Marilyn Baker-Madsen and Sherman and Alison Lewis bought the bookstore last summer. The store was founded by Ken and Virginia MacKenzie, and previously owned by Hank Maschal.

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29 Apr

Around Indies

Best Supporting Bookstore: Octavia Books

Octavia Books co-owner Tom Lowenburg knows that New Orleans is becoming a moviemaking destination, but that doesn't mean he was expecting the crew of The Revenge of the Bridesmaids, starring Raven-Symoné, to cast his store as a location in the upcoming ABC Family movie.

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06 May

Report From the Road: An Update on the 2010 ABA Spring Forums

By Oren Teicher, ABA CEO, and Len Vlahos, ABA COO

After two months of steady travel during ABA's latest series of Spring Forums, in the end, we discovered that you absolutely can get there from here.

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13 May

ABA Revamps Annual Membership Meeting Format

On Wednesday, May 26, at BookExpo America, ABA's Town Hall and Annual Membership meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., respectively, in Room 1E10 of the Javits Convention Center.

Once again, the Town Hall will offer ABA members the opportunity to express opinions and share ideas with the Board and senior staff, and the Annual Meeting will include reports by ABA's president and CEO on the association's activities during the past year.

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25 Mar

Toadstool Surveys Customers on E-Reading Habits

Toadstool Bookshops owner Willard Williams recently found out what more than 400 of his customers think about e-books and e-readers.

Williams received more than 400 responses to an online survey sent to customers of his three New Hampshire bookstores. Among the key findings: Ten percent of the survey respondents own e-readers. In addition to asking customers whether they own e-readers, the survey also asked questions about e-books, the store's e-commerce site, and the physical bookstores.

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31 Mar

E-Books From Five Publishers Delisted on ABA IndieCommerce

On the cusp of the April 1 switch to an agency model for e-books, negotiations were ongoing between five major publishers and wholesalers, including Ingram, and others in the supply chain. In a communication to IndieCommerce participants, ABA COO Len Vlahos explained that a short-term consequence of the switch would be the delisting of e-books from Hachette, HarperCollins (including Zondervan), Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster on IndieCommerce websites.

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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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