BTW Articles

11 Mar

The Indie Travel Guidebook Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending March 9, 2010, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.

1.

Rand McNally 2010: The Road Atlas: United States/Canada/Mexico
Rand McNally (Eds.), Rand McNally, $13.95, 9780528942488

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03 Mar

Around Indies

Anderson's & Naperville READS Bring Gaiman to 8,000

Naperville READS, a community reading project co-sponsored by Anderson's Bookshops, brought Neil Gaiman to town for a series of readings and events on February 23 and 24. Organizers estimated that 8,000 people saw the author in classrooms, auditoriums, and the bookstore.

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04 Mar

California Hits E-Fairness Delay; Illinois Vote Expected Today

This week in California the e-fairness provision in the legislative budget was temporarily tabled when lawmakers decided to split the proposed budget into several distinct bills. However, the development did not derail sales tax equity efforts in the state. In Illinois, the Senate Revenue Committee is poised to vote on sales tax fairness legislation, following a hearing that is scheduled to include testimony from an ABA bookstore member. In Virginia, a proposed e-fairness budget amendment is expected to come up for a vote sometime next week.

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03 Mar

The April 2010 Indie Next List Preview

Here's a preview of the titles on the April Indie Next List flier, on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement. A downloadable PDF version of the list will also be available beginning May 1 on BookWeb.org and IndieBound.org.

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03 Mar

Campaign for Reader Privacy Sees Progress on Patriot Act

On Wednesday, the Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) said that progress is being made in the fight to restore the safeguards for the privacy of bookstore and library records that were eliminated by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

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03 Mar

Bookworm of Edwards Develops In-Store Marketing for Digital Books

The Bookworm of Edwards made the transition to a new IndieCommerce website on December 1 "specifically so that we could play the e-book game," said store co-owner Nicole Magistro. "The interest is there."

Since December, e-books have accounted for 10 percent of sales from the Bookworm website, but Magistro and her staff continue to look for new ways to ensure that their long-time customers think of their local bookstore first when they buy books in digital format.

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03 Mar

Bookstore Self-Exam Proves Invaluable

At last month's Winter Institute, there was the planned, organized education, and then there was unplanned, spontaneous education. At the "Customer Surveys" session led by ABA COO Len Vlahos, "someone brought up Paco Underhill's book Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping(S&S)] and asked if anyone had hired a consultant to review their store," Christie Olson Day told BTW.

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03 Mar

Spellbinder Books Turns 40 With a Celebration of the 1970s

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03 Mar

Gearing Up for National Poetry Month

Too much snow and too little verse? April, aka National Poetry Month, is right around the corner. To help booksellers get ready, next week IndieBound will unveil the Spring 2010 Poetry Top Ten List, featuring title recommendations from independent bookstores nationwide.

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03 Mar

Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

In addition to the three director candidates nominated by the ABA Board for this year's elections, any ABA bookstore member may submit a petition for a director candidate. Upon receipt of a valid petition, the ABA Nominating Committee will add the candidate's name to the director ballot to be sent to members by the end of March.

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