ABA Seeks to Determine Demand for Print Book Buyer's Handbook

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The American Booksellers Association is asking bookstore members interested in ordering a print edition of a 2005 ABA Book Buyer's Handbook to contact the association by July 1. Booksellers may respond via an online form or by sending an e-mail with Book Buyer's Handbook in the subject line and including store name, address, phone number, ABA ID number, and number of copies desired to info@bookweb.org.

In July, if a sufficient numbers of requests are received, a price will be set, and ABA will contact booksellers who have expressed a desire for a print book to verify the price and take orders. A minimum of 300 to 350 Handbooks must be ordered to keep the price at about $55.

ABA launched the ABA Book Buyer's Handbook online at handbook.bookweb.org/ in April 2002, and publishers, distributors, and wholesalers have been updating their company data on an ongoing basis. The immediacy of the information in the online Handbook, plus the addition of short-term special offers and the inclusion of active links to publishers' websites, has made the online Handbook an invaluable resource for booksellers.

Publishers, wholesalers, and distributors that have not recently updated their company information in the Handbook database should contact Denise Krause, Handbook coordinator, at handbook@bookweb.org or (914) 591-2665, ext. 1263, for an online access code or for a print copy of their listing.