BTW Articles

06 May

ABA's Member Relations Managers: Here to Help

With last month's launch of the American Booksellers Association's new Member Relations Department, two member relations managers now serve as the main contacts for all bookstore and provisional members. Each manager has primary responsibility for members in different regions of the country. Booksellers with questions and ideas they'd like to share with ABA are encouraged to reach out to their member relations manager at any time. 

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13 May

Around Indies

"Bucket Brigade" Gets Clinton Book Shop to New Location

Clinton Book Shop invited its customers to come out last Sunday morning to move the store across town to its new home, and dozens volunteered to help. "It took us exactly one hour to get from one shop to the next," said store manager Rob Dougherty.

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18 Mar

ABA Announces BEA "Day of Education" Lineup

The American Booksellers Association today unveils the programming for its eighth annual Day of Education, to be held on Tuesday, May 25, at BookExpo America. This year's trade show will be held from Tuesday, May 25, through Thursday, May 28, at New York's Javits Convention Center.

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25 Mar

Maryland Booksellers Testify on Behalf of E-Fairness

On Wednesday, March 17, a group of Maryland booksellers testified at a state Senate Budget and Taxation committee hearing in Annapolis in support of e-fairness legislation. Other booksellers submitted written testimony in support of the bill, SB 824.

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31 Mar

CT E-Fairness Legislation Passes Committee, Moves to House

Last Thursday, Connecticut's Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee passed sales tax fairness legislation, HB 5481, by a vote of 35 - 13. The legislation now goes to Connecticut's House of Representatives for consideration.

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08 Apr

ABA Partners With NACS for 2010 ABACUS Survey

The American Booksellers Association has announced that it will produce the 2010 ABACUS Survey through a new partnership with the National Association of College Stores (NACS).

"NACS has a robust research department, along with years of experience running similar surveys for college bookstores," said ABA COO Len Vlahos. "With NACS collecting and compiling the data for us, we'll be able to offer a stronger product to our members."

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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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21 Apr

Blue Willow Brings Authors to TeenBookCon

The April 10 Greater Houston TeenBookCon proved that "yes indeed, Houston can put on some great events," said Cathy Berner. As the events coordinator and children's/young adult specialist at Blue Willow Bookshop, Berner was one of the festival's organizers.

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29 Apr

Consignment Expands at Northshire Bookstore

"What we are after is working with vendors that want to be real partners in selling quality products to our customers," said Northshire Bookstore owner Chris Morrow. That's why Northshire has just entered into its second consignment partnership, this one with publisher Chelsea Green.

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06 May

The Island Bookstore Turns 35

Mary Jane Barnwell and her sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Joseph Brandonisio, bought The Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in 1989. They have since expanded from a 300-square-foot space above a market to a 1,000-square-foot store. In 1996, they added a second, 2,000-square-foot store in Mackinaw City, on the mainland. Both locations are seasonal, and are open from May through November.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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