BTW Articles

22 Apr

Debate on Free Speech Rights of Corporations Added to BEA Program

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will host a program at BookExpo America that will explore the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down limits on the money corporations can spend in political campaigns.

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15 Apr

ABA Announces Day of Education Presenters

 The American Booksellers Association's Day of Education, sponsored by Ingram, will feature an impressive lineup of booksellers and publishing executives at the forefront of the industry, as well as representatives of small business advocacy groups, ABA staff, and others, including Google's Tom Turvey and Verso Digital's Jack McKeown.

Due to BookExpo America's move to a shortened, mid-week schedule, the Day of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 25, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

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15 Apr

Federal Court Narrows Ohio 'Harmful to Minors' Law in Free Speech Victory

 The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) has welcomed an April 15 federal appeals court ruling that held that an Ohio statute that imposes fines and prison terms for providing non-obscene, sexuallyexplicit material to minors cannot be applied to communications on websites, in public chatrooms, and through e-mail listservs and mailing lists.

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15 Apr

On Tap for Children's Booksellers at BEA

The Association of Booksellers for Children has released a rundown of programming for children's booksellers at next month's BookExpo America. Offerings include everything from educational sessions on serving the tween reader and the nuts and bolts of kids' bookselling, presented in conjunction with ABA's Day of Education on Tuesday, May 25, to some very special author events and ABC's annual Silent Auction.

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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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15 Apr

ABA on the Road

 This week has been a busy one for ABA senior staff. They've crossed the country to host four Booksellers Forum programs in conjunction with regional associations, participated in the American Independent Business Alliance's International Conference, and have two more forum programs and a Digital Task Force meeting upcoming this weekend.

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14 Apr

Step Away From the Cell Phone, Laptop, iPad...

This Saturday, April 17, is the first annual celebration of e-Free Day. IndieBound created e-Free Day as a way for booksellers to encourage customers to put down their electronic gadgets and pick up a book instead!

The ready-made marketing campaign features downloadable e-Free posters,bag stuffers, and a list of activity ideas that stores can use to create in-store events in IndieBound's Bookseller DIY section.

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15 Apr

Cross-Promotions Generate Goodwill, Sales & More

Cross-promotions are great vehicles for reaching new customers and spreading the Buy Local message and goodwill, both with fellow merchants and customers. And costs are usually shared, if not minimal or nonexistent. BTW spoke with Susan Weis of breathe books; Cindy Dach of Changing Hands Bookstore; Heather Duncan of Tattered Cover Book Store; and Kerry Slattery of Skylight Books about one of the most cost-effective ways to promote their indie businesses.

Why and how

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15 Apr

Pages Brings Books to Manhattan Beach


Co-owners Linda McLoughlin Figel (left) and Margot Farris on Pages' opening day.

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15 Apr

Spotlight on Becky Anderson, Candidate for ABA Vice President

Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Illinois, is up for approval by membership for a second one-year term as ABA vice president/secretary. This year's board ballots must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 26.

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