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04 Dec

Going...Going...Almost Gone: Hotel ABA Selling Out Fast!

ABA secures additional single rooms at Allerton/Hotel ABA

Thus far, the response by ABA member booksellers to both "Hotel ABA" offers, at the Allerton and next-door Radisson Hotel & Suites, has been nothing short of remarkable, as nearly all available rooms have been reserved. As such, those booksellers planning to attend BookExpo America (BEA) in Chicago next June and hoping to stay at "Hotel ABA" should act fast.

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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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30 Sep

BEA 2004 Hotel ABA/Chicago Accepting Booksellers' Reservations

The Allerton Crowne Plaza on Chicago's Magnificent Mile is the exclusive host hotel for ABA bookseller members at BookExpo America 2004 (BEA). Most rooms at the Allerton, which has been dubbed the Hotel ABA/Chicago, have been reserved for ABA booksellers at a special low price and include a special complimentary package of benefits.

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24 Sep

Joint Committee Meets to Plan BEA Children's Bookselling Program

The Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee met on Monday, September 15, in New York City, to develop events for BookExpo America 2004, to be held from June 2 - 6 in Chicago. At the meeting, the group, a joint committee of ABA, the Association of Booksellers for Children, and the Children's Book Council, considered speakers for the show's Friday morning Children's Book and Author Breakfast and also planned the Thursday afternoon children's booksellers' educational sessions.

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17 Sep

Hotel ABA/Chicago at BEA 2004 Accepting Reservations Now

Response to a special e-mail sent to ABA bookstore members on September 9 announcing reservation information for the Hotel ABA/Chicago, the exclusive host hotel for ABA bookseller members at BookExpo America 2004 (BEA), has been very positive, and rooms are now being reserved on a first come, first served basis.

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17 Sep

BookExpo America Calls for Speakers for 2004

On September 9, BookExpo America (BEA) issued an invitation to the book industry to submit proposals regarding authors and other speakers to participate in special events and education programs at next year's show. BEA 2004 will be held from Wednesday, June 2, to Sunday, June 6, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

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04 Sep

ABA Announces Exclusive Bookseller Hotel for BEA 2004

Building on the success of the Hotel California, which was the exclusive host hotel for ABA bookseller members at this year's BookExpo America (BEA) in Los Angeles, ABA has announced plans for a Hotel ABA/Chicago at BEA 2004.

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14 Aug

Top Ten Marketing Ideas to Make Your Web Site a Profit Center

Few marketing experts would argue with the notion that all businesses, regardless of size, should have a presence on the Internet. However, an issue that does cause debate among Internet experts is exactly how to turn a Web site into a profit center. On May 29, at BookExpo America in Los Angeles, BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos tackled this key question with the help of panelist Luanne Kreutzer of St. Helens Bookshop in St. Helens, Oregon.

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09 Jul

Service With Much More Than a Smile: Personalizing Customer Relationships

On Thursday, May 29, approximately one hundred booksellers attended ABA's Marketing Workshop, held during BookExpo America in Los Angeles. The session, moderated by Michael Hoynes, ABA's marketing officer, focused on strategies and tactics that independent booksellers can use to gain a greater share of current customers' business and to introduce new customers to the unique values of independent bookstores.

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02 Jul

How to Integrate Used Books & Remainders Into Your Store Operations

Village Books in Bellingham, WA

Used books and remainders play a key role in the independent booksellers' ongoing quest for increased margin.

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19 Jun

ABA Seeks Member Input to Improve Next Year's BEA

On Wednesday, June 18, the American Booksellers Association sent an e-mail to all members who had pre-registered for this year's BookExpo America, members of the ABA Board of Directors and Booksellers Advisory Council, and attendees at ABA's all-day education program on Thursday, May 29, at BEA, to seek their input in an effort to improve ABA programming at future shows.

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19 Jun

How to Delegate and How to Maximize Staff Productivity

By Neal Coonerty

Neal Coonerty, owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz

The following is the text of a presentation made by Neal Coonerty, owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz, as part of ABA's all-day educational programming on Thursday, May 29, at BookExpo America.

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17 Jun

Hotel California a Hit With Booksellers & Publishers

For this year's BookExpo America, BEA management, together with ABA, reserved the overwhelming majority of the Radisson Wilshire Plaza's rooms at a great rate, thereby making the "Hotel California" (as it was dubbed) the exclusive hotel for independent booksellers attending the Los Angeles convention. And, much as it was with the eponymous Eagles' song, the Hotel California was a smash hit.

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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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