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31 Jul

ABA and Book Sense to Participate in Second National Book Festival

On July 25, First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that the second National Book Festival would be held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 12, 2002. "America was transformed three days after the first National Book Festival was held September 8, 2001," Mrs. Bush said in a statement. "But one thing that did not change was our love of spending time with friends and family -- especially our children.

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18 Jul

Report of the Summer ABA Board Meeting

The ABA Board held its summer meeting at the association's headquarters in Tarrytown, New York, from July 12-14. In addition, the ABA Strategic Planning Committee met in Tarrytown on Friday, July 12. Together with the members of the ABA Board, the committee includes two non-Board members, currently Timothy Huggins of Newtonville Books in Newton, Massachusetts, and Fran Keilty of Atticus Bookstore in Middletown and New Haven, Connecticut.

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18 Jul

LIBRIS and Publishers: Insuring the Health of Independent Publishing

This past May, the American Bookseller Association's insurance program, LIBRIS, launched its new publisher's liability insurance program at BookExpo America in New York City. According to Publishers Program Manager Patrick Haller, LIBRIS offers a competitively priced and comprehensive policy that is underwritten by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. "Just as we did for independent booksellers, we have created a package of coverage based on the specific needs of independent publishers," said Haller.

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03 Jul

ABA Book Buyer's Handbook Reminder

ABA member booksellers recently received a letter with full details of the recent launch of the Book Buyer’s Handbook Online, the fully searchable electronic edition of the Book Buyer’s Handbook. The new online edition of the Handbook is available to all ABA bookstore and associate members at BookWeb.org, the association member Web site.

Note that the handbook icon is now on the main navigation bar on the left-hand side of BookWeb.org’s home page.

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20 Jun

New ABA Members Serving on Nominating Committee and BAC

New volunteer booksellers have joined in key ABA activities, on both the Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) and the ABA Nominating Committee. The booksellers were appointed by incoming ABA President Ann Christophersen of Chicago’s Women & Children First, and the appointments were unanimously approved by the ABA Board at its recent May meeting.

The members of the 2003 Nominating Committee are:

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20 Jun

Letters to the Editor

This week, comments from booksellers on print versus online publishing of BTW.

Please send us your comments, suggestions, and queries. In addition, we are pleased to consider all letters to the editor for publication. Contact BTW Editor Dan Cullen at dan@bookweb.org or (800) 637-0037, ext. 1250.

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19 Jun

Use of Online Handbook Continues to Grow -- ABA Encourages Bookseller Feedback to Keep Important Info Resource Up to Date

Booksellers should by now have received a letter from ABA describing the official launch of the ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook Online, which can be found at http://handbook.bookweb.org/ or via the Book Buyer’s Handbook icon at BookWeb.org.

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13 Jun

Bookseller and Publisher Cooperation Sought to Keep Online Handbook Up to Date

The launch of the Book Buyer’s Handbook online on April 25 has enabled ABA to add new data and to change incorrect information on an ongoing basis to provide booksellers with a comprehensive source for accurate, timely information about publishers’, wholesalers’, and distributors’ trade terms. In order to maintain the data’s accuracy, the association is seeking the help of booksellers, as well as publishers, in alerting handbook staff to new or changing terms.

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15 May

ABA Town Hall Meeting and Annual Membership Meeting

Ann Christophersen

This year’s Town Hall Meeting was filled with positive and constructive comments from attending booksellers.

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03 May

Day 2 at BookExpo America -- Book Sense Round the Clock

And the Winners Are….

At this year's Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America, Leif Enger's Peace Like a River (Atlantic Monthly) won the Book Sense Book of the Year award as best adult fiction title.

The winner for adult nonfiction was Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House), and the winner of the rediscovery award -- presented for the first time this year -- was given to My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Random House).

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01 May

ABA Names David Walker as Industry Relations Consultant

ABA has announced that David Walker of Washington, D.C., an independent consultant in the book industry, will be working with the association on matters relating to industry relations.

Walker has been an independent consultant for the past five years. During that time, he worked with ABA on a number of projects, including the processing of claims relating to the Penguin lawsuit settlement.

Prior to becoming an industry consultant, Walker was general manager of Olsson's Books in Washington, D.C. He worked at Olsson’s for 11 years.

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25 Apr

ABA Launches Online Edition of ABA Book Buyer's Handbook -- New Version Offers the Latest, Most Accurate Info

Beginning today, ABA members can access all the fully updated information in the ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook (BBH) in an online edition. In development for over a year, the online BBH provides access to approximately 5,600 publisher, wholesaler, and distributor listings in a fully interactive format, which can be searched by such criteria as company name, keyword, and ISBN prefix.

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25 Apr

BTW Launches Live Beta Test of Enhanced Printing Option -- Entire Week's Stories Now Can Be Easily Printed

Since its online launch in January, Bookselling This Week has gotten high marks for its increased postings of news and features and its ease of use. Since going online, BTW has also seen a 57 percent increase in its subscription base. However, many bookseller readers have noted to ABA that they miss the easy accessibility of a printed version of a weekly BTW.

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25 Apr

ABA Announces 2002 Board Election Results

ABA has announced the results of the 2002 elections for Board officers and directors.

The candidates chosen to serve as ABA Board directors were: Neal Coonerty, owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California; Russ Lawrence, co-owner of Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, Montana; and Karl Pohrt, owner of Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Board members serve three-year terms. Coonerty and Pohrt are currently Board members.

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19 Apr

Mid-South Booksellers Forum Stresses Colleagues' Interaction

When booksellers from Kansas to Louisiana and all points in between travel hundreds of miles in the middle of the week to meet for three hours in Dallas, they want to accomplish a lot. And they did on April 10 in Dallas -- according to a number of booksellers who attended both an ABA Booksellers Forum and bookseller programming, which was sponsored by the Mid-South Independent Booksellers Association (MSIBA). Both events were hosted by The Enchanted Forest Bookstore.

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