BTW Articles

11 May

A Q&A With Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood discusses the book industry in flux and what happens when the “oldest human technology” is filtered through the new. BEA attendees will have the opportunity to learn more of Atwood’s thoughts on changes in the book industry at an ABA Day of Education Plenary session, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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29 Jun

North Dakota Bookseller Deals With Flood’s Aftermath

After record flooding in Minot, North Dakota, one third of the city is under water, but Val Stadick’s home and her bookstore, Main Street Books, are dry. Stadick is focusing her energy on helping friends and neighbors, but she also worries about the future of her business.

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08 Sep

Random House Catalogs to Go Paperless

Random House Children’s and Random House Adult catalogs will be going digital only, beginning with their Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 lists, respectively. The change ensures the catalog information will be “more up-to-the-minute, and thus more viable, practical, and useful,” said Ruth Liebmann, vice president, director, account marketing, Random House, Inc.

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30 Mar

Customers Take the “Five More Books” Pledge

Sandi Torkildson recently figured that if A Room of One’s Own sold just five more books a day, it could comfortably commit to a new lease.

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12 May

Bookseller Task Forces Provide Valuable Feedback

ABA recently convened four Bookseller Task Forces – Digital, Education, Local First, and ABACUS – to gather member input and suggestions for ABA initiatives and programming.

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30 Jun

Club Read: Authors Included

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance have partnered to create Club Read, a “booklovers retreat,” featuring 12 authors who will interact with 200 attendees.

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08 Sep

A Preview of the NEIBA, PNBA, and GLIBA Trade Shows

Next month’s NEIBA, PNBA, and GLIBA trade shows will provide booksellers with a full range of educational programming, author events, and networking opportunities. Here’s a look at some of the regional highlights and ABA programming at the shows.

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31 Mar

Northshire Community Meeting Reinforces Bonds

On March 25, about 100 customers participated in a community discussion about the book business and how Vermont’s Northshire Bookstore can continue to thrive as the industry changes.

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19 May

An Interview With Outgoing ABA President Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker, the co-owner of San Francisco’s Books Inc., talks about his experience during two terms as ABA president and some of the accomplishments, challenges, and surprises of working on behalf of indie booksellers across the country.

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06 Jul

A Q&A With Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel talks about The Singer’s Gun, Unbridled Books’ recent 25-cent e-book promotion, and her cautiously optimistic forecast for indie bookstores.

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