BTW Articles

13 May

New Bookstore Affiliated With Florida's Books & Books

Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume, two publishing industry veterans, plan to open Books & Books Westhampton Beach in Westhampton, New York, on July 1. The 2,000-square-foot store will be affiliated with Florida landmark Books & Books, owned by Mitchell Kaplan. Kaplan has served as an advisor to the Westhampton store, which will be independently owned and managed by Berthiaume and McKeown.

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28 Apr

The Holocaust Remembrance List

For the eight-week period ending April 27, 2010, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.


The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $6.99, 9780553577129


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29 Apr

Around Indies

Best Supporting Bookstore: Octavia Books

Octavia Books co-owner Tom Lowenburg knows that New Orleans is becoming a moviemaking destination, but that doesn't mean he was expecting the crew of The Revenge of the Bridesmaids, starring Raven-Symoné, to cast his store as a location in the upcoming ABC Family movie.

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22 Apr

CEO Panel Plenary to Kick Off Programming at BEA

BookExpo America and the American Booksellers Association are joining forces for the Opening Plenary session at next month's trade show to create a major event of interest to all convention goers. The plenary will feature seven of the book industry's leading executives in a timely discussion about the "value of a book," an issue of concern to the entire industry.

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22 Apr

Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Rights

In a significant First Amendment decision, on Tuesday, April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 8-1, declared unconstitutional a law banning photos, film, and video depictions of animal cruelty and, in doing so, rejected the federal government's attempt to create a new exception to the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., noted that the law "created a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth," which could have made the sale of magazines or videos showing hunting a crime in Washington, D.C., where hunting is illegal.

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22 Apr

Baker & Taylor to Sponsor Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon

ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon, a highlight of BookExpo America exclusively for ABA member booksellers, will be sponsored this year by Baker & Taylor.

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22 Apr

Winners to Attend Celebration of Bookselling

All seven winners of this year's Indies Choice Book Awards will participate in next month's Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America. The May 26 lunchtime event, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, celebrates the relationship between indie booksellers and the titles they most enjoyed handselling during the past year.

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22 Apr Challenges North Carolina Over Sales and Use Tax Collection

Earlier this week, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the North Carolina Department of Revenue's request for data on residents who made purchases from the online giant. The department requested the information in an effort to enforce use tax laws and has publicly stated it is only seeking general information, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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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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22 Apr

ABFFE Seeks Booksellers for Alaska and Massachusetts Censorship Cases

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is seeking bookstores to become plaintiffs in challenges to new censorship laws in Alaska and Massachusetts. The laws ban the electronic communications of material that is "harmful to minors," including the display of "harmful" book jackets and excerpts on bookstore websites.

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