21 Oct

Algonquin Has Special Offer for Co-op Program Participants

Starting November 1, Co-op Reimbursement Program participants will be able to take advantage of a special offer from Algonquin Books. The publisher has created a promotion around Marlena de Blasi's A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure.

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24 Aug

Vigilance Required to Catch Fraudulent Orders

Perpetrators of fraudulent order schemes are becoming increasingly sophisticated, as evidenced by the frequency and variety of scams reported by ABA member bookstores. Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule for identifying a fraudulent order, but booksellers are being urged to err on the side of caution.

Among the most easily identifiable scams are orders originating in Nigeria or another African nation for large numbers of medical books, textbooks, technical books, or bibles. A stolen credit card is usually offered as the means of payment.

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14 Jul Warns of New Fraudulent Order Wrinkle

A number of booksellers with Web sites have recently reported a new twist to the problem of fraudulent orders. In addition to orders for large numbers of Bibles and medical texts, booksellers are now seeing fraudulent orders for popular trade titles, sometimes with expedited shipping, and with domestic billing and shipping addresses.

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07 Jul Announces Traffic Reports has begun offering detailed traffic reports on an individual store basis. This service, which was developed in response to booksellers' requests, provides data showing how many visitors come to a bookstore's site, which pages they're visiting, when they're visiting, and much more.

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23 Jun Free Trial Offers 'The Way to Go' is now offering Book Sense marketing program members the chance to launch their own Web site -- free of charge, with no obligation to continue after the free trial ends. The Free Trial Offer, which began June 1 and runs through September 30, 2004, offers booksellers a chance to test this valuable online sales and marketing tool.

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23 Jun

My Life Audio Clip and Chapter Excerpt Available

On Tuesday, June 22, the on-sale date for former President Bill Clinton's My Life (Knopf), announced that it had made available to participants an audio clip and chapter excerpt from the book.

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17 Jun

A Report on ABA's Recent Board and Advisory Council Meetings

On Tuesday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 2, the American Booksellers Association Board of Directors and senior staff met at the Hotel ABA - Chicago (Allerton Crowne Plaza), prior to the start of BookExpo America.

During a busy two days, the Board and staff:

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27 May On the Move ...

Here is the latest news and an update on improvements from

On May 26, sent an important e-mail to members in which it discussed the new inventory upload price reduction, new enhancements, BEA reminders, and fraudulent order vigilance.

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13 May Adds Bookwrap Author Video Interviews

Partnership With BookstreamInc. to Bring More Content to Independent Bookstore Web Sites

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06 May and Gift Card Users Groups to Meet at BEA

Preparations are in high gear for ABA's education sessions at this year's BookExpo America (BEA), which will be held from June 2 - 6 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center. Among the many events planned are two very valuable users group meetings -- for and for Book Sense Gift Cards.

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05 May On the Move ...

Here is the latest news and an update on improvements to

On April 29, announced that it had made following enhancements to its templated sites:

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04 May Sites Start Taking Pre-Orders for Clinton Memoir

On Thursday, April 29, announced that bookstore sites could begin taking pre-orders for former President Bill Clinton's memoir, My Life, which will be published at the end of June by Knopf. joined other online retailers that had already begun pre-selling the highly anticipated book, which has not yet been assigned a price or ISBN by the publisher.

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21 Apr On the Move…

Here, Director Len Vlahos provides an update on the latest improvements and enhancements to

Greetings Bookseller! There is a lot of news in this edition of On the Move:

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04 Mar Co-Op a Win-Win for Booksellers and Publishers

With one year in the books, so to speak, recently released Co-op Reimbursement Program figures indicate that the program has done well to help publishers increase book sales, while giving booksellers access to co-op to help offset the cost of their Web sites. "We're delighted at the early success of this program," Director Len Vlahos told BTW.

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11 Feb

Kiosks Bring In-Store

Rather than hope customers will use and/or buy from their Web sites when they can't get to the bookstore, some booksellers have decided to bring their Web sites to customers by creating Web kiosks in their stores. Booksellers who spoke to BTW about their kiosks have found the axiom made famous in W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe on target: Build it, and they will come.

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