11 Dec

Three Stores Go Live on New ABA E-Commerce Platform

The ABA E-Commerce Solution has announced that three beta-testing stores are now live on the new Drupal platform, and the migration of all participating members will begin sometime in January 2009.

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23 Oct Adds More E-Commerce Sites

One of the key features of is "Shop Local Online," which directs book buyers to the website of a bookstore near them. Books featured on the Indie Next List, the Indie Bestseller Lists, and elsewhere on the site include links for consumers to buy the book. Click on one of these links, enter your zip code, and you'll be presented with some online shopping options near you.

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30 Sep

ABA E-Commerce Solution Extends Beta Test

The ABA E-Commerce Solution's beta test of its new open-source platform has been extended, and its release is now scheduled for sometime in early 2009.

Over the last year, the ABA E-Commerce Solution has been migrating to Drupal, a content management system that will provide more robust administrative tools, greater system stability, and the ability to roll out new features more quickly.

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11 Sep

A Change in ABA's Regional Trade Show Programming

The American Booksellers Association's plans to conduct E-Commerce Solution Users Group meetings at each of the fall regional booksellers association trade shows have changed.

E-Commerce Users Group sessions scheduled for the September shows have been canceled or replaced with other sessions, as ABA staff works to complete the migration of E-Commerce sites to the Drupal open source platform. Booksellers are directed to regional trade show schedules for details about replacement programming.

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14 Aug

BookTour Now Featuring Events @ Indie Stores

Readers looking to connect with authors can now find events at indie bookstores participating in ABA's E-Commerce Solution on BookTour, the website founded by Chris Anderson, Kevin Smokler, and Adam Goldstein.

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06 Aug

Work on E-Commerce Solution Migration Continues

Over the past few months, the ABA E-Commerce Solution has been undergoing a major overhaul. The site is migrating to the open-source platform Drupal, which will provide users with new and improved administrative tools, better performance and reliability, and a shorter path to new features and functionality. The new open-source platform is scheduled for fall 2008 release.

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17 Jun

ABA E-Commerce Solution Offering Up Two New Promotions

The ABA E-Commerce Solution is offering participating bookstores promotional downloads for Scholastic's The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Random House's Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.

Scholastic has made the first chapter of The Hunger Games -- expected to be a big fall title -- available for posting to the websites of all participating ABA E-Commerce Solution stores.

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04 Jun Becomes ABA E-commerce Solution

Inventory uploads now free

With the launch of IndieBound last Thursday at BookExpo America, the Book Sense marketing program has been replaced with a program that's more of a movement than a marketing campaign, and this means changes for the program.

First and foremost, is not part of IndieBound, and it has been renamed the ABA E-commerce Solution. This will be visible in several ways:

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21 May

MyHound to Feature Store Event Listings

This week, announced that it will be providing, a new service that gives users customized entertainment alerts on demand, with an events feed from all participating stores. The events will be listed on and will have links back to bookstores' websites.

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08 May

LibraryThing to Feature Store Event Listings

This week, announced that it will be providing LibraryThing, the popular cataloguing and social networking website for bibliophiles, with an events feed from all member stores. The events will be listed on LibraryThing Local, the place where LibraryThing members go to add their favorite bookstores, connect with friends, and keep track of interesting book-related events.

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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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