Idea Exchange This Week

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Every week dozens of booksellers seek and share advice and information about bookselling and the book industry on BookWeb's Idea Exchange Forums. Here BTW presents a look at some of this week's topics, with the hope that more booksellers will join in.

The Idea Exchange Forums are open to ABA bookstore and provisional members only. (Booksellers who do not already have a BookWeb Account will need to create one -- to do so, click here.) The greater the number of booksellers participating in the forums, the more useful they become as an educational tool for the whole independent bookselling community.

In the General Forum, which provides ABA member booksellers with an opportunity to network and to benefit from the perspectives that could only be gained from other booksellers, this week's discussions included:

  • a query regarding bestselling magazines,
  • discussion of shelving suppliers,
  • suggestions on choosing the right gift for a school benefactor, and
  • recommendations for a book similar to When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney.

The "Ask ABA" Forum provides booksellers with the opportunity to ask questions or make comments directed towards the ABA Board and staff. Health insurance and Co-op were among the subjects raised this week.

Booksellers are also reminded that the "Ask" forum provides an opportunity to ask questions of the staff as well as to discuss concerns and to find out how other booksellers are using the e-commerce site. This week, one bookseller has a query regarding the validity of an overseas order. And the Inventory Control Forum is the place to ask for your colleagues' opinions about the various POS systems.