BTW Articles

06 May

Beware: Fraudulent Orders Hitting IndieCommerce Sites

A number of ABA IndieCommerce stores have reported receiving fraudulent orders for The Twilight Series Boxed Set. A red flag is that the bill-to/ship-to addresses are different. The order usually comes from a Yahoo e-mail account and includes a request for overnight or two-day delivery, sometimes claiming it's for a birthday present.

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13 May

E-Fairness Action Kit: New State-Specific Fact Sheets Added

This week, 10 more state-specific fact sheets were added to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on, the American Bookseller Association's member website. Next week, the ABA will add the final fact sheets for the remaining states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws. ABA launched E-FACT in January to provide booksellers with a wide array of state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

New fact sheets are now available for:

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25 Mar

The Indie Mystery Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending March 23, 2010, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley, Bantam, $15, 9780385343497


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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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07 Apr

Around Indies

Paddington Bear, created by Theresa Polefko, won Best of Show.

Loganberry Books Hosts 7th Annual Edible Books Festival

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07 Apr

Who's Who in Member Relations for Provisional Members

ABA's new member relations managers, Kaitlin Pitcher and Elizabeth Nichols.

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15 Apr

Bookseller Visits Hartford in Support of E-Fairness

 On Wednesday, April 14, Suzy Staubach of UConn Co-op Bookstore in Storrs, Connecticut, went to the state capital in support of HB 5481, sales tax fairness legislation. Staubach, who was accompanied on her visit by ABA staff, met with the legislators representing the districts of both her home and UConn Co-op. These included meetings with House Majority Leader Rep. Denise Merrill; Rep. Bryan Hurlburt; Sen. President Pro Tempore Donald Williams; Sen. Anthony Guglielmo; and Sen. Andrew Roraback (on behalf of three ABA member bookstores in Roraback's district).

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22 Apr

Booksellers Forums End Next Week in LaVergne & San Antonio

The American Booksellers Association's spring forum schedule comes to an end next week with gatherings in LaVergne, Tennessee, and San Antonio, Texas.

On Wednesday, April 28, ABA CEO Oren Teicher and COO Len Vlahos will lead a Booksellers Forum from noon - 2:00 p.m. at Lightning Source, Inc. (1246 Heil Quaker Blvd., La Vergne). All area booksellers are invited.

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29 Apr

Free Speech for Corporations?

By Chris Finan, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

It sounded like just one more piece of bad news.

The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court announced in January that it was striking down a ban on campaign spending by corporations.

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06 May

Authors Abound at BEA

Hundreds of authors are scheduled to appear at BookExpo America in an array of free and ticketed events. Here's a quick rundown, with links to complete details on the BEA website.

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