13 Jul

An IndieCommerce FAQ on the iRiver E-Reader

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the first e-reader integrated with the Google eBooks™ platform.

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06 Jul

A Q&A With Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel talks about The Singer’s Gun, Unbridled Books’ recent 25-cent e-book promotion, and her cautiously optimistic forecast for indie bookstores.

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30 Jun

Algonquin to Offer New Hillary Jordan Bundled With E-Book

This October, ABA member bookstores will be able to offer customers who purchase a hardcover copy of the new Hillary Jordan title, When She Woke, a free e-book version as well, thanks to a special promotion from Algonquin Books.

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22 Jun

Google Launches eBooks Affiliate Program

The Google eBooks™ Affiliate Program allows retailers and other website owners to link to hundreds of thousands of titles in the Google eBookstore and earn a commission for referring sales.

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16 Jun

E-Book Sales Boom During Unbridled Promotion

Last week, independent bookstores experienced a significant jump in e-book sales thanks to Unbridled Books’ partnership with ABA, which featured the promotion of 25 e-books for 25 cents.

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02 Jun

E-Books 201: Focus on Staff Training and Customer Engagement

ABA Technology Director Matt Supko and Matt Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers provided the latest updates and best practices for promoting Google eBooks™ and IndieCommerce sites at the Day of Education’s “E-Books 201.”

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19 May

Unbridled Offers 25 eBooks for 25 Cents

Unbridled Books is partnering with the American Booksellers Association for a promotion that highlights 25 Unbridled eBooks for 25 cents. The titles, all Google eBooks™, will be available for 25 cents via IndieCommerce websites for three days, June 9 - 11.

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12 May

Bookseller Task Forces Provide Valuable Feedback

ABA recently convened four Bookseller Task Forces – Digital, Education, Local First, and ABACUS – to gather member input and suggestions for ABA initiatives and programming.

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05 May

Around Indies

Green Apple video demonstrates how to buy e-books; Orca Books is a “whale of a bookstore”; Booklovers’ Gourmet showcased in One New England

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07 Apr

New Window Cling Promotes E-book Sales

Random House has worked with ABA’s IndieBound program to create an “Eat Sleep (e)Read” window cling to promote e-book sales at independent bookstores.

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24 Mar

Google Settlement Goes Back to Drawing Board

This week, Judge Denny Chin rejected Google’s Amended Settlement Agreement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, but left the door open for approval if changes were made.

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23 Mar

QR Codes – Ready for Their Close-up

With QR codes going mainstream, indie booksellers are increasingly integrating them into their shelf-talkers and newsletters. Among the results has been the opening of conversations between customers and staff about e-books, new technologies, and customer service.

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28 Feb

ABA Applauds Random House Move to Agency Model for E-Books

On Monday, February 28, ABA indicated its strong support of the decision by Random House to adopt the agency pricing model for the publisher’s e-books. Under the agency model, a publisher sets a retail price for a specific book, which establishes a level playing field for all resellers.

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03 Feb

2010 Verso Study Revisited at Digital Book World

At the recent Digital Book World conference in New York, Jack McKeown, co-owner of Books & Books in Westhampton, New York, and director of Business Development for Verso Digital, presented an update on the “2010 Survey of Book-Buying Behavior With Verso Digital.”

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27 Jan

How to Sell E-Books” Focus of Wi6 Sessions

Two sessions on how to sell e-books drew full houses on Friday, January 21, at Winter Institute 6. Topics included how to introduce customers to e-readers and e-books, marketing tips and tactics, and the importance of capturing e-book market share.

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