BTW Articles

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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24 Jan

Booksellers Say New Bestseller List Reporting Saves Time, Effort

This month, reporting to the Book Sense Bestseller List has gotten a lot easier. Booksellers in the Book Sense program have begun reporting their store sales by uploading a file from their POS systems directly into the ABA system and by using an improved online Bestseller data entry form. [For an earlier BTW story about new reporting options, click here].

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04 Jan

Easy As 1, 2, 3: Reporting to the Book Sense Bestseller List

In 2002, reporting to the Book Sense Bestseller List will be easier and less time-consuming, thanks to two new electronic procedures and an improved online Bestseller data entry form. Booksellers who report their sales to the Bestseller List can now choose which method works best for them.

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13 Jun

Book Sense Bestseller Reporting -- Never Faster, Never Easier

According to many booksellers, independents can now transmit the data for the Book Sense Bestseller List before you can say "Kingsolver." Since the list debuted in November 1999, its importance to book buyers, publishers, and media analysts -- as well as booksellers -- has increased dramatically.

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01 May

New Enhancements Make Manual Bestseller Reporting Easier

ABA recently launched a new set of features on the Book Sense Bestseller List reporting Web site, bestsellers.bookweb.org, designed to simplify the reporting process for booksellers who choose the manual-entry method each week.

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18 Feb

A Report on the ABA Board's Winter Meeting

The American Booksellers Association's Board of Directors and senior staff held meetings from Sunday through Tuesday, January 31 - February 2, 2010, just prior to the Fifth Annual Winter Institute, at the Doubletree hotel in San Jose, California.

Among its activities during the two and a half days of meetings, the Board:

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13 May

Saving Money on Credit & Debit Transactions Focus of ABA Education Session

Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books in Danville, California, recommends booksellers be proactive in handling credit and debit card transactions. He'll discuss managing the complicated fee structure of credit and debit cards to reduce risk and save money at "The Business of Accepting Credit & Debit Cards," an ABA Day of Education session, on Tuesday, May 25, at at BookExpo America.

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13 May

Connecticut Drops Sales Tax Fairness Bill

A Connecticut bill that would have required remote retailers that had online affiliates in the state acting as sales agents to collect and remit sales tax was tabled as the legislative session ended on Thursday, May 6. Though the bill, HB 5481, passed the Finance Committee with strong support, lawmakers backed away from the bill after Amazon.com threatened to fire its Connecticut affiliates if the bill was signed into law.

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13 May

New York Times Editorial Calls for Sales Tax Equity

Following media coverage of Amazon.com's legal challenge to North Carolina's attempts to collect sales tax for online sales, a New York Times editorial characterized the retail giant's federal court action as a "losing battle to defend its longstanding practice of not collecting sales taxes in most states where it does business."

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