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13 Jan

Forum Season Opener Held in Salt Lake City

'Tis the season to stash the wrapping paper, tally the sales figures, and begin planning for the future.

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06 Jan

Book Sense Book of the Year Balloting Begins in Revamped Style

The American Booksellers Association has launched a new, streamlined balloting process for the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In a break from the past, the initial round of voting to choose five finalists in each category has been eliminated, and voting is now open to all booksellers from every regular member bookstore.

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06 Jan

ABA Forum & More in Salt Lake on Saturday

The American Booksellers Association kicks off its 2005 Winter/Spring Booksellers Forum season and 2005 Education Program on Saturday, January 8, in Salt Lake City. The program, held in conjunction with the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association (MPBA), will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at The King's English Bookstore's Fresco Restaurant. All MPBA and ABA member booksellers are invited, and ABA hopes as many area booksellers as possible will attend.

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05 Jan

2005 Hotel ABA Reservation Confirmation Required

ABA member booksellers who have pre-registered for the Hotel ABA - NYC at BookExpo America (BEA) 2005 must send arrival and departure dates and credit card information to Travel Tech (BEA's travel company) by January 31 to ensure their reservations. Otherwise, pre-reservations will be canceled on February 1.

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16 Dec

ABA to Begin 2005 Booksellers Forum Tour in Salt Lake

The American Booksellers Association will kick off its 2005 Winter/Spring Booksellers Forum season and 2005 Education Program on Saturday, January 8, in Salt Lake City. The program, held in conjunction with the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association (MPBA), will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at The King's English Bookstore's Fresco Restaurant. All MPBA and ABA member booksellers are invited to attend.

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16 Dec

Deadline Tomorrow for ABA Board Nominations

Friday, December 17, is the deadline to nominate candidates for the American Booksellers Association's Board of Directors. Any ABA member may submit nominations to the Nominating Committee, chaired by Suzanne Staubach of UConn Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut. All nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.

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09 Dec

ABA Announces Staff Changes

Over the last few months, the American Booksellers Association has reorganized the responsibilities of some of its key staff to better meet the needs of its members. Among the changes, ABA has designated BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos to spearhead an effort to evaluate and reinvigorate the association's educational offerings, in addition to his other responsibilities. Working with Vlahos on the project is Kristen Gilligan, who was recently named associate director of programming and constituent groups liaison.

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09 Dec

ABA Board Nomination Deadline Approaches

Friday, December 17, is the deadline for receipt of nominations of candidates to serve on the American Booksellers Association's Board of Directors. Any ABA member may submit nominations to the Nominating Committee, chaired by Suzanne Staubach of UConn Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut.

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24 Nov

Tips for BookWeb.org Forum Users … and a Change

In early November, ABA launched new and improved forum software on the BookWeb.org Idea Exchange, providing all ABA bookstore members a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and share thoughts with fellow booksellers or with the ABA Board and staff.

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24 Nov

Still Time to Send Nominations for ABA Board of Directors Candidates

The American Booksellers Association's Nominating Committee, chaired by Suzanne Staubach of UConn Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut, is seeking qualified candidates to serve on the ABA Board of Directors. Any ABA member may submit nominations, which must be received no later than Friday, December 17.

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17 Nov

PartnerShip Helps Keep Rising Shipping Costs Down

Both FedEx and UPS have recently announced an increase in their rates on ground and air shipments, effective January 3, 2005. According to PartnerShip, which offers a money-saving small-package shipping program exclusively for members of the American Booksellers Association, rates for FedEx Ground and UPS Ground shipments will increase an average of 2.9 percent, and a fuel surcharge, based on a fuel index that will vary from week to week, will be implemented.

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11 Nov

Call for ABA Board of Directors Nominations

The American Booksellers Association's Nominating Committee, chaired by Suzanne Staubach of UConn Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut, is searching for qualified candidates to serve on the ABA Board of Directors. Under ABA's bylaws, the terms of three members of the nine-member board expire each year, and at least one of the three candidates cannot have served on the current board. Board members are eligible to be elected for two three-year terms.

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10 Nov

New Forums May Be the Answer to Your Questions

ABA is encouraging booksellers to check out the new forum software on the Idea Exchange section of BookWeb.org. Launched just last week, the new Idea Exchange was developed in response to booksellers' requests for more user-friendly forums, which provide flexibility and where booksellers can prioritize and search for topics of interest.

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04 Nov

New, Improved Idea Exchange Launches on BookWeb.org

The virtual community of independent booksellers received a boost on Thursday, November 4, with ABA's launch of new forum software on the Idea Exchange section of BookWeb.org. The new, improved forum software was developed in response to booksellers' requests for more user-friendly forums, which provide flexibility and where booksellers can prioritize and search for topics of interest. Access to the forums is open to all ABA bookstore and provisional members and provides them with a valuable professional development tool.

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28 Oct

Book Sense to Discontinue Paper Gift Certificate Program

Due to overall increased consumer demand for electronic gift cards and the continued growing popularity of Book Sense Gift Cards in particular, the American Booksellers Association is announcing the discontinuation of the Book Sense Paper Gift Certificate Program.

To ensure a smooth ending for the program, please note the following:

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