The ABA Past Presidents Report

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM EST

ABA Past Presidents Discuss Practical Applications From the Last 10 Years of Bookselling

The past 10 years have brought major changes both in and outside of the book industry. From the launch of e-commerce and the birth of the iPhone and a “screen” culture to the closing of major chain retailers and growing national awareness of the importance of localism and Main Street businesses, booksellers have had to be focused and innovative entrepreneurs to compete and remain relevant. This session will take you on a journey spanning the last 10 years of bookselling through the experiences of ABA past presidents. These accomplished booksellers are sure to inspire as well as deliver practical ideas for meeting emerging business challenges.

  • Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshops (Naperville, IL)
  • Richard Howorth, Square Books (Oxford, MS)
  • Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Chuck Robinson, Village Books (Bellingam, WA)
  • Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ)
  • Michael Tucker, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
  • Steve Bercu, BookPeople (Austin, TX) (Moderator)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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