BTW Articles

13 May

BEA Announces Admission Policy for Streisand Keynote

BookExpo America today provided the following admission policy and procedures for the Tuesday, May 25, Opening Night Keynote, featuring Barbra Streisand:

Ticketing

This event is only open to registered BEA attendees, and you must have a BEA badge and a ticket to gain admission. All tickets are free. A BEA badge is required in order to obtain your free ticket.

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13 May

ABA Revamps Annual Membership Meeting Format

On Wednesday, May 26, at BookExpo America, ABA's Town Hall and Annual Membership meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., respectively, in Room 1E10 of the Javits Convention Center.

Once again, the Town Hall will offer ABA members the opportunity to express opinions and share ideas with the Board and senior staff, and the Annual Meeting will include reports by ABA's president and CEO on the association's activities during the past year.

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17 Mar

Bookstore Sales Up in January

January retail sales at bookstores were up by 2.0 percent, compared to January 2009, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. January 2010 bookstore sales are estimated at $2,277 million, compared to sales of $2,233 million for the same period last year.

Final December sales were $2,023, down 0.2 percent from last month's preliminary estimates and 0.8 percent lower than December 2008.

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18 Mar

Around Indies


Books Inc. to Open New Airport Store

Northern California's Books Inc. has announced plans to open a new store in February 2011 in San Francisco International Airport's renovated Terminal 2. Books Inc. has operated stores at the airport since 1995, and currently runs two other stores there.

The new store will share the Compass Books name with two other Books Inc. locations, one at the airport and one at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.


Clinton Book Shop Connects With Customers

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18 Mar

BTW News Briefs


Follett Announces Online Textbook Rental for Independent Bookstores

This week, Follet Higher Education Group announced the launch of two new college textbook rental programs for independent bookstores: an online affiliate program and an in-store rental support program.

Follet said that the Online Affiliate Program is "a turnkey rental service," offering revenue share, an expansive list of titles, a branded online rental solution, and an option to serve as students' "return depot."

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16 Mar

Free Classifieds Available to ABA Bookstore Members

All ABA Bookstore Members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year. BTW Classifieds are the perfect place for booksellers to place help wanted ads, advertise fixtures or stores for sale, and more.

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17 Mar

Canadian Booksellers Lobby Against Amazon Warehouse

Canadian booksellers are not sitting still as they await the government's decision on Amazon's application to open a warehouse in Canada. "Our members are writing their MPs, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Prime Minister of Canada to express their concerns," said Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Executive Director Susan Dayus.

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11 Mar

ABA Bookstore Members Eligible for Free BEA Badges

All ABA Regular Bookstore and Provisional members are eligible for free admission to BookExpo America 2010. The number of free badges will be based on a bookstore's ABA dues category. (A dues category one store will receive one badge; a category two store, two badges, etc.) An additional BEA badge is available for each staff member who attended the 2010 Winter Institute in San Jose.

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11 Mar

Reservations Open for Celebration of Bookselling

The spirit of indie booksellers and the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award winners will be honored at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon at BookExpo America. Two booksellers from each ABA member store can now reserve a spot at the Celebration Luncheon, 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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11 Mar

Amazon Fires Affiliates and Independents Fire Back

Early this week, Amazon.com created a firestorm when it announced it had fired all of its Colorado-based online affiliates to protest a state sales tax law. The law, HB10-1193, which was signed by Gov. Bill Ritter on February 24, requires out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on any purchase they have made.

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