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14 Feb

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Since launching online last month, Bookselling This Week is available free of charge. Our expanded, daily coverage of bookselling and the publishing industry is available with no password restrictions at the BTW home page (http://news.bookweb.org) -- and all bookstores are encouraged to sign up their staff (either work or home e-mail address) to receive their own copy of the weekly BTW e-mail edition, which is sent every Thursday.

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14 Feb

BookSense.com a Hot Topic at Ann Arbor ABA Forum

On Thursday, February 7, about 30 booksellers attended an ABA Booksellers Forum at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Representing ABA at the forum were Avin Mark Domnitz, ABA CEO; Len Vlahos, director of BookSense.com; and Karl Pohrt, ABA Board member, from Shaman Drum Bookshop in Ann Arbor. Among the key topics discussed at the forum were ABA’s new strategic plan and BookSense.com’s new marketing initiative.

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14 Feb

ABA's Domnitz to Hold Financial Seminars in March and April

Avin Mark Domnitz, ABA CEO, will be holding three financial sessions through March and April 2002 in conjunction with ABA’s 2002 Spring Bookseller Forums across the country. The sessions, "Basic Bookstore Finances," will discuss operating within a system of financial controls to help predict performance and measure outcomes against those predictions, and cash flow control. Attendees will receive a computer disk with worksheets, which will help them integrate the session’s ideas into their everyday business.

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07 Feb

ABA Booksellers Forums Come to New England

On Tuesday, February 12, there will be an ABA Booksellers Forum from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Westford, Massachusetts. The forum will provide ABA member booksellers an opportunity to meet and talk with ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz, ABA COO Oren Teicher, and Len Vlahos, director of BookSense.com. The forum will follow the New England Booksellers Association Advisory Council meeting and will be held at the Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts [(978) 692-8200].

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07 Feb

ABA Sponsors Open House for Booksellers to Kick Off ABA Convention

With BookExpo America and the ABA Annual Convention back in New York for the first time since 1991, ABA is inviting bookseller members from around the country to visit the association offices on Wednesday, May 1, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The offices are located just 20 miles north of New York City in the village of Tarrytown, along the historic Hudson River, and just across from Washington Irving's home. The ABA Board of Directors and ABA staff will be on hand at the open house to show booksellers around.

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07 Feb

Whats That Charge on My Credit Card?

A number of ABA bookstores members have provided the Association with credit card information to keep on file to allow for the automatic charging of various fees and expenses. Some are charged at regular intervals and some only when a particular expense is incurred. In addition, when ABA products and services are ordered, these may be charged to a credit card number provided at the time the order is placed.

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29 Jan

A Report of the ABA Board's Winter Meeting

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29 Jan

Report of the ABA Nominating Committee Approved by the ABA Board

At the recent ABA Board meeting (click here for related story), the Board approved the report of the ABA Nominating Committee, chaired this year by Lilla Weinberger (Readers' Books, Sonoma, California). The committee presented the Board with the names of three candidates for three-year terms as directors on the Board. (Under the current ABA Bylaws, each year three members of the nine-member Board come to the end of their terms.)

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29 Jan

ABA to Visit with Booksellers in the Great Lakes & New England Areas

On February 7, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Bookseller Association, the American Booksellers Association will be conducting the first of two booksellers forums scheduled for the Great Lakes area in the upcoming months. The forum will provide ABA member booksellers an opportunity to meet and talk with ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz and Len Vlahos, director of BookSense.com. It will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Century Ballroom of Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan [(734) 769-2500].

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25 Jan

ABA Booksellers Forums Schedule -- 2002

ABA Booksellers Forums provide members with an opportunity to meet with representatives of the ABA staff and Board to discuss issues relating to ABA programs, bookselling, and the state of the industry.

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24 Jan

The First 2002 ABA Booksellers Forum

The first ABA Booksellers Forum of 2002 took place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Atlanta on January 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The forum was held after a busy day of ABA activities in Atlanta, which included meetings of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Governance Review Committee.

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15 Jan

Booksellers Busy in Atlanta

This week is a busy one for booksellers in Atlanta, as ABA, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), and the regional bookselling associations come together for a number of meetings. The ABA Booksellers Advisory Council met on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Governance Review Committee are scheduled to meet, and that evening a Booksellers Forum is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.

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07 Jan

2002 ABA Booksellers Forums

ABA Booksellers Forums provide members with an opportunity to meet with representatives of the ABA staff and Board to discuss issues relating to ABA programs, bookselling, and the state of the industry. Forums get under way in January, and are scheduled through February, March, and April. Stay tuned to BTW for further details of upcoming forums.

The first ABA member forum will be held on Wednesday, January 16, at the DoubleTree Hotel Atlanta/Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The forum will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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04 Jan

First ABA Booksellers Forum of 2002 Set for Atlanta

ABA is hosting its first Booksellers Forum of 2002, in Atlanta. The forum, held in conjunction with the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA), will provide ABA member booksellers with an opportunity to meet and talk with ABA Board members and senior staff. Participants will have the chance to express their opinions--as well as to provide input as the association develops new priorities and directions.

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21 Dec

Upcoming ABA Booksellers Forum in Atlanta

We're opening our doors for you…. In conjunction with the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA), ABA is hosting another Booksellers Forum in our series of open meetings for ABA member booksellers to meet and talk with ABA Board members and senior staff. This is your chance to express your opinions--as well as to provide input as we develop new priorities and directions for ABA.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at:

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