President/CEO Letters

01 Jun

Ruminations on BEA, Books (or the Lack Thereof), and Bookselling: A Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Betsy Burton would like to see booksellers and publishers put their heads together to find ways to counter the diminishing number of books available to booksellers on the BEA show floor, as well as to make the promotion of backlist into a movement.

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04 May

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In his bimonthly letter, ABA’s CEO discusses the recently concluded Spring Booksellers Forums and next month’s BEA; the chance for booksellers to effect change through participation in the New Localism movement; and the opportunities presented by the new Indie Next List “Years of Discovery” Campaign.

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13 Apr

ABA’s President Reports on Three Days of Publisher Meetings

ABA President Betsy Burton, of The King’s English Bookshop, reports on recent meetings between ABA leadership and the CEOs, COOs, and other major figures at NYC publishing houses.

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15 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s New Localism initiative and the opportunities and new resources available to booksellers to effect changes in public policy are the subject of ABA CEO Oren Teicher’s bimonthly letter to members.

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10 Feb

Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

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13 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s CEO reflects on booksellers’ busy holiday season and the continuing vitality of indie bookstores, as well as the association’s ongoing efforts online and at educational events, such as the upcoming Winter Institute, to provide actionable information to help members operate more profitably.

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09 Dec

A Holiday Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Betsy Burton offers warm wishes to her fellow indie booksellers and words of thanks for the efforts of each of the association’s staff in her last letter of 2015 to members.

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19 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

As the holidays approach, ABA CEO Oren Teicher highlights some key points that he hopes will help make the coming weeks as successful and profitable as possible for ABA member stores.

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21 Oct

A Letter From ABA’s Peripatetic President

The past month was a busy time, full of planes and trains and automobiles, for ABA President Betsy Burton, who reflects here on the conversations and meetings she had with booksellers during her travels.

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10 Sep

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA’s CEO explains the unique circumstances that led to the creation of the association’s endowment as well as the endowment’s ongoing role in the ABA budget process.

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06 Aug

ABA President Betsy Burton’s First Bimonthly Letter to Members

Newly elected ABA President Betsy Burton shares news on the Board of Directors’ most recent meeting, including changes to the association’s Ends Policies. 

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11 Jun

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher reflects on a successful BEA and on important issues still facing the independent bookselling community. 

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13 May

A Final Letter From Outgoing ABA President Steve Bercu

In his last letter as ABA president, BookPeople’s Steve Bercu reflects on the positive changes for independent booksellers in the past two years and reminds members to take advantage of educational and networking opportunities at BEA.

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09 Apr

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher reflects on the spring Booksellers Forums and encourages members to take advantage of several upcoming educational and networking opportunities.

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05 Mar

A Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Steve Bercu sees another great year ahead for indie bookstores and encourages members to take advantage of upcoming education events.

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