BTW Articles

17 Mar

Spring Book Awards Season Revs Up

Here's a look at some of the book awards winners and finalists announced in the past week.

The National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

On Thursday, March 11, at the New School's Tishman auditorium in New York, the National Book Critics Circle announced its award winners for the 2009 publishing year.

The NBCC winners are:

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31 Mar

SBA Briefs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended its increased loan funding and reduced fees for loan applications through April 30.

The extension allows SBA to continue a higher rate of lending in its 7(a) and 504 loan programs, following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "These programs have been successful in helping jump-start our economy, which is why we will continue to work with Congress on a longer extension of the increased guarantee and reduced fees," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

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07 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Ingram to Provide Publisher Content to iBookstore

Ingram Content Group announced this week that it would be providing publisher content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through Ingram's CoreSource® technology, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on the Apple iPad.

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07 Apr

Other Tiger Crosses the River to Serve Customers After Flooding

Eastern Connecticut is drying out from last week's record-setting rains, but it will take time to repair all the damage caused by flooding. In the meantime, Westerly, Rhode Island, bookstore Other Tiger is keeping its Connecticut customers supplied with books.

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15 Apr

ABA on the Road

 This week has been a busy one for ABA senior staff. They've crossed the country to host four Booksellers Forum programs in conjunction with regional associations, participated in the American Independent Business Alliance's International Conference, and have two more forum programs and a Digital Task Force meeting upcoming this weekend.

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22 Apr

ABFFE Seeks Booksellers for Alaska and Massachusetts Censorship Cases

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is seeking bookstores to become plaintiffs in challenges to new censorship laws in Alaska and Massachusetts. The laws ban the electronic communications of material that is "harmful to minors," including the display of "harmful" book jackets and excerpts on bookstore websites.

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29 Apr

IndieCommerce Update: Lower Rates on Credit Card Transactions

Three improvements to ABA IndieCommerce websites were announced this week, including one that has resulted in lower rates on credit card transactions.

1) A new credit card processor

IndieCommerce has switched its credit card processor to Bank of America, resulting in lower rates on each transaction:


Old Processor

Bank of America

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06 May

Beware: Fraudulent Orders Hitting IndieCommerce Sites

A number of ABA IndieCommerce stores have reported receiving fraudulent orders for The Twilight Series Boxed Set. A red flag is that the bill-to/ship-to addresses are different. The order usually comes from a Yahoo e-mail account and includes a request for overnight or two-day delivery, sometimes claiming it's for a birthday present.

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13 May

E-Fairness Action Kit: New State-Specific Fact Sheets Added

This week, 10 more state-specific fact sheets were added to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on, the American Bookseller Association's member website. Next week, the ABA will add the final fact sheets for the remaining 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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