BTW Articles

21 Jan

Noted Publishing Execs to Be Featured on Wi5 Panel

One of the highlights of next month's Winter Institute will be a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by digitization that will feature three of the book industry's top executives.

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21 Jan

Google's Daniel Clancy to Present Wi5 Tech Day Luncheon Keynote

Daniel Clancy, director of Google Books, will be the keynote lunch speaker at the Winter Institute's Technology Day, on Wednesday, February 3. Clancy, who has given tech talks at a variety of venues, including South by Southwest and Stanford University, will discuss the soon-to-be-launched Google Editions and diversity in the e-book marketplace.

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28 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Apple Debuts iPad

Apple's iPad, which debuted yesterday, looks like a large iPhone, is a half-inch thick, 1.5 pounds, and has a 9.7-inch multi-touch screen. The most basic model is $499 and has a Wi-Fi wireless connection. More expensive models will be offered with more memory and with 3G wireless access from ATT. The iPad has the same operating system as the iPhone and access to its 140,000 applications, including the iBook app, which will link to the iBookstore.

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28 Jan

The Indie History Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending January 26, 2010, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.


The Big Burn
Timothy Egan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780618968411


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21 Jan

Booksellers Hoping to Fill Wi5 Hotel Cancellations

There are still dozens of booksellers hoping for room reservations at the Winter Institute's sold-out host hotel, the Doubletree San Jose.

If you're registered for Wi5 and no longer plan to attend, or if you no longer need your hotel reservations or are willing to share your room with another bookseller, you're asked to contact ABA now at [email protected] so a waiting bookseller can be accommodated.

For more on ABA's Fifth Annual Winter Institute, sponsored by Ingram, visit

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21 Jan

Survey Looks at Consumers' E-Book Preferences

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) last week published the results of the first of three surveys that examine when, why, how, and where consumers purchase and use e-books and e-readers.

Input for the first survey, "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading Survey," was gathered from hundreds of book buyers -- including teens -- who also identify themselves as e-book readers.

Among the BISG survey's key findings:

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21 Jan

March Workshop on Opening or Buying a Bookstore

The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates will be conducting an intensive workshop retreat, "Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials," from Monday through Friday, March 15 - 19, on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, Florida).

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21 Jan

Nominations Sought for PW Bookseller & Rep of Year

Publishers Weekly is seeking nominations for its Bookseller and Sales Rep of the Year awards to be presented this spring at BookExpo America in New York City.

A nominee for Bookseller of the Year must operate a professional storefront retail bookstore in the U.S. and should excel in buying and vendor relations, marketing, handselling, customer care, community involvement, management-employee relations, merchandising, and business operations.

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21 Jan

WNBA Announces Pannell Award Nominees

The Women's National Book Association this week announced the nominees for the 2010 WNBA Pannell Awards, recognizing retail bookstores that excel at inspiring the interest of young people in books and reading.

This year's awards, to one general bookstore and one children's specialty store, will be presented in May at BookExpoAmerica in New York.

This year's Pannell nominees are:

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14 Jan

Holiday Survey Shows Sales Increase for Indie Business and Positive Effect of Buy Local Campaigns

More holiday shoppers deliberately sought out locally owned businesses this year, according to a national survey of more than 1,800 independent businesses.

The survey found that holiday sales for independent retailers were up an average of 2.2 percent. That contrasts with the Commerce Department figures released today, which show that overall retail sales were down 0.3 percent in December and up 1.8 percent in November.

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