BTW Articles

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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31 Mar

Join the Celebration!

The spirit of indie booksellers and the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award winners will be honored at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Lunch at BookExpo America. Two booksellers from each ABA member store can reserve a spot at the Celebration, to be held on Wednesday, May 26, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

The free event, open exclusively to owners and staff at ABA member stores, will bring together indie booksellers and dozens of authors whose works have appeared on the Indie Next Lists.

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31 Mar

A Trove of Educational Materials for ABA Member Stores

ABA's Curriculum Guide on BookWeb.org offers member booksellers more than 100 free educational resources, covering everything from formulating a business plan and conducting a store survey to creating killer events and stocking a graphic novels section.

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31 Mar

Around Indies

Spellbound Organizes Domestic Violence Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 10, a dozen businesses on Wall Street in Asheville, North Carolina, will be working together to raise money for a local domestic violence agency while promoting local retail.

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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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31 Mar

Correction

The April Indie Next List flier, in stores now, includes the wrong publisher, price, and ISBN for Solar by Ian McEwan. The correct information is Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385533416. The April Indie Next List on BookWeb is correct.

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25 Mar

ABA Policy Staff Goes to Washington

This week, American Booksellers Association staff traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with key legislators and other associations to discuss sales tax equity and other policy issues. Over a two-day period, ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Content Director Dan Cullen, and Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan met with senior staff from the offices of Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA), and with representatives of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and AARP. In addition, they attended the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) American Associations Day 2010.

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25 Mar

Maryland Booksellers Testify on Behalf of E-Fairness

On Wednesday, March 17, a group of Maryland booksellers testified at a state Senate Budget and Taxation committee hearing in Annapolis in support of e-fairness legislation. Other booksellers submitted written testimony in support of the bill, SB 824.

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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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25 Mar

April Indie Next List Notables Flier & Shelf-Talkers Available

Booksellers can now download the April Indie Next List Notables title recommendations from BookWeb.org in flier and shelf-talker formats. Each month, the Indie Next List Notables showcase outstanding writing recommended by indie booksellers nationwide.

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