BTW Articles

18 Mar

A Capital Showing: Booksellers Go to Hartford in Support of E-Fairness

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25 Mar

SBM Issues Report on Health Care Reform for Small Businesses

On Tuesday, March 23, President Obama signed a landmark health care bill into law that, among its many goals, seeks to ease health insurance costs for small businesses. Following passage of the bill by Congress on Sunday night, the Small Business Majority released a summary of the measures in the health care bill that will affect small businesses.

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31 Mar

ABA Launches New Member Relations Department

To ensure that booksellers have a simple and convenient way to get information about the opportunities available to them as part of their membership, the American Booksellers Association has created a new Member Relations Department.

Two member relations managers will serve as the main contacts for all bookstore and provisional members. "Elizabeth Nichols and Kaitlin Pitcher are eager to help," said Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Zelickson Smith.

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08 Apr

Connecticut Booksellers Asked to Contact House Reps in Support of E-Fairness

The American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) are urging Connecticut bookstore members to contact their state representatives to voice their support for HB 5481, sales tax fairness legislation. In late March, Connecticut's Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee passed the legislation by a vote of 35 - 13. Connecticut's House of Representatives is now considering the bill.

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15 Apr

Spotlight on Becky Anderson, Candidate for ABA Vice President

Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Illinois, is up for approval by membership for a second one-year term as ABA vice president/secretary. This year's board ballots must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 26.

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22 Apr

Book Reviews From Harper's Magazine Available to ABA Members

Beginning this week, ABA member bookstores have access to Harper's magazine's "New Books" feature, which had previously been available to Harper's subscribers only.

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29 Apr

Skylight Loves Its Locals

The Skylight Books façade, a wall of windows that stretches the length of the storefront, faces a busy street in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood. To maximize this high-visibility window-space, Kerry Slattery, the store's co-owner and general manager, partners with other local businesses to create attention-grabbing displays. The variety in displays "makes for a more interesting window," she said.

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06 May

ABA's Member Relations Managers: Here to Help

With last month's launch of the American Booksellers Association's new Member Relations Department, two member relations managers now serve as the main contacts for all bookstore and provisional members. Each manager has primary responsibility for members in different regions of the country. Booksellers with questions and ideas they'd like to share with ABA are encouraged to reach out to their member relations manager at any time. 

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13 May

Around Indies


"Bucket Brigade" Gets Clinton Book Shop to New Location

Clinton Book Shop invited its customers to come out last Sunday morning to move the store across town to its new home, and dozens volunteered to help. "It took us exactly one hour to get from one shop to the next," said store manager Rob Dougherty.

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