06 May

Users Groups to Share the Latest Developments, Tips & Tricks

ABA's gift card and e-commerce programs will be the focus of staff-led users group meetings on Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America. Participants, and those who are new to each of the programs, are invited to join in meetings at the L.A. Convention Center, where they'll hear about the latest program developments, as well as have a chance to share tips and tricks with fellow booksellers.

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30 Apr Offers Free Del Rey Star Wars Download

From 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, until midnight on Tuesday, May 13, participating stores are offering customers free downloads of Betrayal, Book One of the Del Rey series Star Wars: Legacy of the Force.

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24 Jan

New Owner at The Fountain Bookstore

After managing the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, for eight years, Kelly Justice is now its new owner. The plan that had been "batted around" for the past year and a half was finalized with former owners Louise "Boo" Smythe and Jim Smythe in the first week of January.

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29 Nov

What-the-Dickens? Fans Chat With Gregory Maguire

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20 Nov

Holiday Reminders From

It's Thanksgiving weekend, and that means one thing to retailers: the holiday selling season is finally here. While sleigh bells are ringing and cash registers jingling, booksellers can expect traffic to their websites and online sales to peak each Monday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (What "Black Friday" is to storefront retailers, the Monday after Thanksgiving -- "Cyber Monday" -- has become to online retailers.)

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15 Nov

What the Dickens? to Host Chat With Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire

Candlewick Press and are partnering to host an online chat with bestselling author Gregory Maguire on Monday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

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31 Oct

NPR & The New York Times Sites Add Ordering Option was recently added as an online book purchasing option on both the National Public Radio and The New York Times websites. Now, when NPR or readers are interested in a featured book or bestseller, they are offered an option to buy from local, independent bookstores, as well as from

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11 Oct

"Main Street" Gift Cards Available October 17

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20 Sep Upgrade to Cause Brief Interruption is scheduled to be down for about an hour very early Sunday morning to allow staff to upgrade software. From 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on September 23, connectivity to, templated sites, e-mail, and all other services will be sporadic.

Questions about Sunday's work should be addressed to or (800) 637-0037, option 2.

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06 Jun

The 'Next Big Thing' for

At the meeting of the Users Group on Friday, June 1, at BookExpo America, Director Len Vlahos and other members of the team discussed some of the e-commerce site's newest features, as well as several planned enhancements.

The "Next Big Thing," said Vlahos, is the site's eventual migration to Plone, an open source software that will allow for a much more nimble and dynamic

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24 May

Goin' Digital: eBooks Now Available Through

On Tuesday, May 22, officially launched a functionality that provides consumers with the option of purchasing eBooks through participating stores' websites. The eBooks, which are downloaded to the consumer's computer and/or handheld device, are accessible through all templated websites. Ingram Digital Ventures will fulfill eBook orders in three formats -- Palm OS, Adobe, and Microsoft Reader.

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24 May Hosts Online Chat With Ann Martin

Award-winning author Ann S. Martin recently chatted online with dozens of her fans in a web event hosted by In an hour-long, casual back-and-forth format, Martin answered questions about Welcome to Camden Falls (Scholastic), the first title in her new Main Street series, as well as about previous titles and her life as an author.

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15 May

Users Groups to Convene at BEA

The American Booksellers Association's schedule of educational offerings at BookExpo America doesn't end with Thursday's "Day of Education." Informational sessions continue on Friday and Saturday, June 1 - 2. Among the programs on Friday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center are two Users Group Meetings: a Users Group Meeting and a Book Sense Gift Cards Users Group Meeting. Users Group Meeting

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01 Mar Adds HarperCollins, Random House Book Content, the American Booksellers Association's turnkey e-commerce product for member bookstores, has launched functionality to allow consumers to view book content from two leading publishers.

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