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08 Jan

ABA Launches Project to Pick the Best of Book Sense

As part of this year's celebrations of Book Sense at Five, ABA is asking booksellers to help select the best Book Sense 76 titles published during the past five years. Participation is open to all employees of ABA member bookstores, and all participants in the selection process will be entered into a Bookseller Contest with prizes for five booksellers. The grand prize will be free admission and housing at BookExpo America for the next five years.

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08 Jan

Customer Support Sought in Campaign to Amend Patriot Act

While booksellers and librarians have taken a leading, and crucial, role in efforts to restore the protections for customer privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act, ABA now wants bookstores to call on customers to lend a hand to the cause, too -- literally.

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08 Jan

ABA Booksellers Advisory Council to Convene

ABA's Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) will be meeting with representatives of the ABA Board and senior staff in Miami, Florida, on Sunday and Monday, January 11 - 12, to offer the association guidance on a number of issues important to independent booksellers. The BAC is composed of 25 members and represents a broad cross-section of views from within the community of independent booksellers.

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07 Jan

ABA to Meet With Booksellers in Chicago Next Week

ABA Board members and senior staff will be in Chicago on Thursday, January 15, to meet with booksellers in the Great Lakes region. The ABA Booksellers Forum, held in conjunction with the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, will convene at the Allerton Crowne Plaza, the Hotel ABA/Chicago for BookExpo America 2004, located at 701 North Michigan Avenue (corner of Michigan & Huron).

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30 Dec

ABA Forum in Florida Next Week, North Carolina in Late January

Booksellers in the Southeast will have two opportunities in January to meet with representatives of the ABA Board and senior staff to discuss issues of concern and share ideas, as well as get an update on the association's past activities and influence future plans. ABA's first forum of 2004 will be held on Friday, January 9, at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa, Florida.

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18 Dec

BTW Takes a Holiday, But Bestseller List As Usual

There will be no issue of Bookselling This Week during the week of December 22; however, the Book Sense Bestseller List will be compiled and e-mailed to booksellers as usual on Tuesday, December 23. In addition, the list in PDF format will be posted to the Web at www.bookweb.org/booksense/bestsellers/ either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, December 24. Booksellers will receive an e-mail from ABA when posting of the Bestseller List to BookWeb is complete.

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18 Dec

ABA Invites Booksellers to Tampa and Chicago Forums

This week, ABA sent e-mail invitations to booksellers in the Southeast and Great Lakes regions (including booksellers in Wisconsin) to attend the first two ABA Booksellers Forums of 2004. In conjunction with the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA), ABA will hold the first forum of the winter season on Friday, January 9, at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa, Florida.

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11 Dec

Hotel ABA Offers for BEA 2004 Completely Sold Out

ABA has announced that as of Tuesday, December 9, all rooms at the Allerton Crowne Plaza and Radisson Hotel & Suites set aside for ABA member booksellers planning to attend BookExpo America (BEA) 2004 in Chicago have been sold out.

"ABA and BEA thank all the booksellers who have signed up to take advantage of these great hotel offers," said ABA COO Oren Teicher. "We have some great things in store for you when you arrive!"

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04 Dec

Mark Your Calendars: ABA Announces Winter/Spring 2004 Booksellers Forum Schedule

On Friday, January 9, ABA will hold the first of 16 Booksellers Forums scheduled for various locations across the country over the next four months. The forums provide booksellers in every region an opportunity to meet with senior ABA staff and Board members to share ideas, to discuss industry issues, and to receive updates on various association projects. Data gathered at the forums is invaluable to the association as it shapes future programs and initiatives to the benefit of all ABA bookstore members.

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26 Nov

Important BEA 2004 Hotel Announcement

Due to the overwhelming response by ABA member booksellers to the initial "Hotel ABA" offer for BookExpo America (BEA) in Chicago next June, ABA has obtained a small additional block of double rooms at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, which is next door to the Allerton/Hotel ABA. ABA members staying at the Radisson will enjoy all the same benefits and the same great rate as those staying at the Hotel ABA/Allerton. (See below for a list of features.)

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23 Oct

ABA to Wrap Up Fall Regional Programming at NEBA & SCBA

This weekend ABA staff will be conducting educational programming and Book Sense gift card demonstrations at the New England Booksellers Association's (NEBA) 30th Annual Meeting & Trade Show and at the Southern California Booksellers Association's (SCBA) Authors Feast and Fall Seminars. The NEBA trade show will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Convention Center from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26.

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23 Oct

Important Book Sense Gift Card Announcements

With the Book Sense Gift Card Program in full swing, and the holiday season just around the corner, booksellers participating in, or planning to join, the program should note these important announcements regarding the availability of swipes, barcode readers, and receipt printers through ABA, as well as the approach of important deadlines.

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22 Oct

Due to Technical Difficulties, ABA May Have Lost Your E-Mail

On Monday and Tuesday, October 20 - 21, the American Booksellers Association's e-mail system came under attack from outside sources, and the result was intermittent breaks in service during which incoming e-mails may have been lost. If you sent an e-mail to any address @BookWeb.org or @BookSense.com on Monday or Tuesday and have not received a response, or have received notification that it was undeliverable, please resend it.

Our e-mail system is once again working properly, and we want to know what you had to say.

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16 Oct

ABA Board Meets in the Twin Cities

The American Booksellers Association Board of Directors held its fall meeting in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, from October 9 - 12. In addition to ABA-related discussions, the board also had the opportunity to meet with the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association Board in an informal setting to discuss a number of bookselling issues.

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