BTW Articles

25 Mar

Nicola's Books Marks 15 Years


Nicola Rooney with author Randy Wayne White at a recent store signing for Deep Shadow (Putnam).

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31 Mar

Centuries & Sleuths: A Standout for 20 Years

In 1990, Augie Alesky surveyed the residents of Illinois' Oak Park and River Forest communities about their reading and book-buying habits.

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07 Apr

50 Words or Fewer: The Art of Writing Shelf Talkers

"Word-for-word a well-crafted shelf talker can be the most effective means of recommending a book to an avid reader," said Joe Drabyak of Chester County Book & Music Company in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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15 Apr

BTW News Briefs


ABA Meets With Ingram and Publisher Partners for Wi5 Debrief

On Thursday, April 8, ABA senior staff met with representatives from Ingram and 18 publishing houses in order to garner publisher feedback on January's ABA Winter Institute, in San Jose, California. About half of the almost four-hour meeting was devoted to an in-depth discussion with the 29 attendees about the three-day institute, which offered a wide range of educational programming free of charge to ABA bookstore members.

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15 Apr

ABA Announces Day of Education Presenters

 The American Booksellers Association's Day of Education, sponsored by Ingram, will feature an impressive lineup of booksellers and publishing executives at the forefront of the industry, as well as representatives of small business advocacy groups, ABA staff, and others, including Google's Tom Turvey and Verso Digital's Jack McKeown.

Due to BookExpo America's move to a shortened, mid-week schedule, the Day of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 25, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

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22 Apr

Baker & Taylor to Sponsor Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon

ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon, a highlight of BookExpo America exclusively for ABA member booksellers, will be sponsored this year by Baker & Taylor.

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29 Apr

Random House to Hold Reception at ABA Hotel

The Random House Publishing Group will be sponsoring a reception for IndieBound booksellers at The Park Central, the hotel for ABA members, during BookExpo America. Special guests will include Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, the number-one Indie Next List Great Read for June.

Booksellers are invited to come share an informal nightcap with Cronin and other authors who will be in attendance.

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06 May

E-Fairness: 10 New State-Specific Fact Sheets Available

Ten new state-specific fact sheets were added this week to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on BookWeb.org, ABA's member website. Over the next month, the American Booksellers Association will add fact sheets for each of the states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws. ABA launched E-FACT in January to provide booksellers with a wide array of state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

New fact sheets are now available for:

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13 May

New Bookstore Affiliated With Florida's Books & Books

Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume, two publishing industry veterans, plan to open Books & Books Westhampton Beach in Westhampton, New York, on July 1. The 2,000-square-foot store will be affiliated with Florida landmark Books & Books, owned by Mitchell Kaplan. Kaplan has served as an advisor to the Westhampton store, which will be independently owned and managed by Berthiaume and McKeown.

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