IndieCommerce

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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25 Feb

IndieCommerce to Complete Bookstore Site Migrations Next Month

In the past year, more than 100 ABA IndieCommerce sites have successfully migrated to the system's new Drupal platform, and now the migration of store sites from the old system to the new is in its final stages.

Over the course of next month, IndieCommerce staff will be moving stores still on the legacy system to the new platform, where they'll have the benefits of a very flexible, stable, and search-engine friendly website. The new system also allows ABA to begin offering many exciting features that booksellers have been requesting for several years.

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28 Jan

Google Preview Now Available on IndieCommerce Sites & IndieBound.org

Consumers visiting a bookstore's ABA IndieCommerce website on the Drupal platform can now "look inside" thousands of books, courtesy of Google Preview. If Google Preview is available for a title, a button appears below the book's cover art on the site's product page. Clicking the button brings up an embedded viewer that provides a detailed look inside the book. Google Preview is also available on IndieBound.org.

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14 Jan

IndieCommerce Outlines Plans for First Half of 2010

This week, the American Booksellers Association presented IndieCommerce members with a roadmap of upgrades and new features planned for the first half of 2010. ABA also assured members that, in the wake of the staff reorganization announced last week, IndieCommerce remains an extremely high priority and that the recent changes would put staff in a stronger position to respond to customer service questions and to implement new features.

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17 Dec

IndieCommerce Introduces Innovative Feature for Online Handselling

ABA IndieCommerce this week launched a new feature that allows stores to create new orders on their customers' behalf and charge their credit cards automatically using a secure, encrypted feature called a Customer Information Manager (CIM) Profile.

A CIM Profile is an encrypted data snapshot of a customer's credit card info.

How might you use this feature?

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17 Dec

More IndieCommerce Sites Move to Drupal Platform

Eighteen ABA member stores have migrated from the old BookSense.com legacy system to IndieCommerce's Drupal-based platform in the last month, bringing the total number of stores on the new system to more than 120.

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09 Dec

Sales Tax Revenue Decline Spurs Media Support for E-Fairness

Most retailers have been hurt by the ongoing recession, but there is one retail sector that appears immune to the struggling economy: Internet retailers.

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03 Dec

Plans for Sony eReaders at Indie Bookstores Delayed

Plans to make Sony eReaders available for purchase from independent bookstores in time for this holiday season will not come to fruition despite the best efforts of the American Booksellers Association and others in the book industry. Work is ongoing, however, to provide indie booksellers with the ability to sell eReaders sometime in the future.

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03 Dec

Promoting E-Books: Let the Indie Next List Help

With consumer interest in e-reading on the rise, it's important to let customers know that they can buy e-books from you, through your store's ABA IndieCommerce website. Now, a time-tested selling tool -- the Indie Next List -- has been tapped to help in the effort.

E-books also benefit from the unique touch of the independent bookseller. Customers still need good book recommendations, and the Indie Next List brings together favorite handsells from independent booksellers across the U.S.

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02 Dec

New York Times Urges More States to Pass E-Fairness Legislation

On Friday, November 27, the New York Times' lead editorial urged other states that collect sales tax to follow New York's example and pass e-fairness legislation.

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24 Nov

Holiday Catalogs Available to IndieCommerce Drupal Sites

Holiday catalogs from the New England, Northern California, and Southern California independent booksellers associations are now available through Drupal-based ABA IndieCommerce websites.

The catalogs are already installed and ready to go -- all that IndieCommerce sites need to do is link to the appropriate one:

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19 Nov

Important Announcements From IndieCommerce

The American Booksellers Association has made several announcements regarding its IndieCommerce and BookSense.com products:

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04 Nov

Why ABA IndieCommerce? One Bookseller's Thoughts

Lars Townsend, who oversaw the launch of the Politics & Prose website on ABA IndieCommerce's Drupal platform, recently shared some thoughts on the benefits of having an e-commerce site in general and the advantages of the new Drupal platform specifically.

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22 Oct

My Website Has E-books, Now What Do I Do?

By Len Vlahos, ABA Chief Operating Officer

"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." --Wayne Gretzky

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22 Oct

Indie Next List Great Reads -- Now in E-books

E-book sales are rising rapidly, revolutionizing the publishing industry, and creating new opportunities for independent bookstores. Stores with ABA IndieCommerce sites are now fully equipped to sell more than 220,000 titles on their websites -- the key is getting the message out there.

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