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 [email protected] 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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17 Jan On the Move...

In this first On the Move of the New Year, presents a report on website sales during the holiday season, improvements to inventory upload features, ISBN-13 compatibility, digital content, a new content management system, and more.

Holiday Sales announced that participants saw a double-digit increase in orders placed during the 2006 holiday selling season and that aggregate sales are up once again.

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07 Dec Inks Deal to Offer Ebooks

The American Booksellers Association has signed an agreement with Ingram Digital Ventures that will enable bookstores participating in the program to sell ebooks in three formats -- Palm, Adobe, and Microsoft -- beginning sometime in 2007.

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21 Nov

Simple Tips for Making the Most of Your Website

"While sleigh bells will be ringing and your cash register jingling this weekend, expect traffic to your store website and online sales to peak each Monday between Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Director Len Vlahos.

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12 Sep

Transition to ISBN-13 a Key Topic at BISG Annual Meeting

On Friday, September 8, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) held its Annual Meeting of Members at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. At the meeting, six Board members and committee Chairs presented both highlights from the past 12 months and goals for the coming year. Among the topics discussed, the most notable was the book industry's transition to ISBN-13.

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16 Aug

Phase One of Move to ISBN-13 Complete

This week, Director Len Vlahos announced that the first phase of work to make websites ISBN-13 compatible has been completed. "Booksellers and consumers can now search for and find books with both 10- and 13-digit ISBNs," Vlahos said.

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