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12 Jun

ABA Unveils 2003 ABACUS Study Results

Talking before a large crowd of independent booksellers on Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz presented the financial findings of the ABACUS 2003 study. Introducing the session, Domnitz told attendees, "It's a big day for me, to go publicly with what we've been working on for a year…. In our heart of hearts, we hoped to put together 150 bookstore submissions [of financial data] -- we thought that would be a good sample. We ended up with 197 submissions."

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09 Jun

BTW Offers New Marketplace

Booksellers looking to print out a copy of Bookselling This Week will find a new sub-heading called "Marketplace," which features both classified ads and the advertising found in BTW's weekly e-mail. When you choose to print the whole issue, Marketplace will automatically be printed with the issue; if you choose to create your own issue of BTW, you have the option of including Marketplace -- simply click the box that says, "Include BTW Marketplace?"

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05 Jun

ABA Members Get an Update and Share Views at BEA

Once again, ABA's Town Hall and Annual Membership meetings provided ABA members an opportunity to offer comments and share feedback as well as get an update on the association's activities during the past year.

ABA Town Hall Meeting

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05 Jun

BookExpo America Releases Attendance Figures

BookExpo America recently released attendance figures from this year's BEA, held May 28 - June 1 in Los Angeles. And, despite concerns that this year's show attendance might suffer due to the war in Iraq and the nation's ongoing economic woes, attendance figures were strong.

The total figure for all industry professionals attending BEA 2003 in Los Angeles was 27,143. The total number of book buyers attending BEA in '03 was 6,684.

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05 Jun

ABA Announces a New Electronic Gift Card Program

As was announced at this year's BookExpo America in Los Angeles, the American Booksellers Association has signed a letter of intent with Givex to launch a national electronic gift card program for stores participating in the Book Sense marketing program.

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31 May

Live from BEA -- Day Three

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30 May

Live from BEA -- Day Two

Book Sense Book of the Year Awards Announced at ABA Celebration of Bookselling


Ann Patchett

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29 May

Live From BEA -- Day One

On Thursday, May 29, over 300 independent booksellers from around the U.S. converged in Los Angeles for the ABA Education Day, which included ABA's first annual "What Are You Reading Lunch." The day's numerous sessions were packed with prospective, novice, and veteran booksellers alike, each looking to enhance their bookselling skills. According to comments from a number of booksellers, the programming did not disappoint.

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22 May

Independent Booksellers Urge Governors to Start Collecting Sales Tax Online

ABA President Ann Christophersen

In a letter dated May 22, sent on behalf of ABA member bookstores, ABA President Ann Christophersen once again urges the state governors and other elected officials in the 45 states that charge sales tax to immediately take step

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21 May

ABA Town Hall and Annual Membership Meeting on Friday's BEA Schedule

Once again, ABA members attending BookExpo America will have an opportunity to get a full update on ABA activities and share their concerns and voice their opinions to the association's leadership.

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14 May

Special ABACUS Session on May 30 at BookExpo America

Booksellers attending BookExpo America (BEA) are encouraged to attend a special ABACUS session to be held on Friday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. in Room 303A/B. This long-awaited session will present, for the first time, an in-depth and detailed report on the project's first-year results, and all ABA members are invited to attend. ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz will moderate.

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13 May

LIBRIS Offers Booksellers a BEA-Related Incentive

LIBRIS, ABA's insurance subsidiary, recently sent ABA bookstore members who are not currently LIBRIS policyholders an invitation to meet with a representative during BookExpo America (May 28 - June 1 in Los Angeles). Qualifying booksellers who meet with a LIBRIS representative at BEA to discuss a no-obligation quote will receive two tickets for one of the trade show's author breakfasts.

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08 May

2003 Booksellers Forum Season Ends in New England

The 2003 ABA Booksellers Forum series came to a close on May 1 at the UConn Co-op, in Storrs, Connecticut. The forum, organized in conjunction with the New England Booksellers Association (NEBA), followed a meeting of the New England Children's Booksellers Association. The ABA/NEBA forum was the twelfth forum of 2003. Since the launch of the forum program in January 1998, ABA has hosted over 70 meetings with member booksellers across the country.

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