16 Jun

ABA Launches New Educational Program: One-Day IndieCommerce Institute

This week, ABA announced its first one-day educational mini-institute. The IndieCommerce Institute will focus on online commerce and related marketing, and it is set for Wednesday, August 10, in Rosemont, Illinois, adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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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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02 Jun

Measuring and Partnering Are Key to Event Success

Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books shared her secrets to creating events for children at ABA’s Day of Education, sponsored by the Ingram Content Group, at BEA.

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25 May

Margaret Atwood on the Evolution of Storytelling and “Transmission Devices”

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood’s talk at ABA’s closing plenary session took listeners on an entertaining ramble from her first fiction characters through a brief history of the evolution of books and language to her thoughts on the future of the book and bookselling.

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25 May

Zane Talks Customer Service at ABA Opening Keynote

Christopher J. Zane, the founder of Zane’s Cycles and a nationally noted entrepreneur and speaker, opened ABA’s Day of Education with an engaging keynote that offered his perspective on “the most important part of the retail industry.”

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24 May

ABA at BEA 2011: Focus on Change and Innovation

Booksellers representing approximately 400 ABA member stores took part in ABA’s Day of Education, sponsored by the Ingram Content Group, on Monday at BEA. This year’s focus was squarely on assisting indie booksellers in their goals for retail innovation and success.

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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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11 May

A Q&A With Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood discusses the book industry in flux and what happens when the “oldest human technology” is filtered through the new. BEA attendees will have the opportunity to learn more of Atwood’s thoughts on changes in the book industry at an ABA Day of Education Plenary session, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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26 Apr

Registration Continues for Opening a Bookstore Seminar

Prospective booksellers are invited to attend a free, full-day “Introduction to Retail Bookselling” Seminar, sponsored by the ABA, on Sunday, May 22, at the Holiday Inn at 57th Street, in New York City.

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14 Apr

Free Seminar on Opening a Bookstore Scheduled for BEA

ABA is inviting prospective booksellers to a free, full-day “Introduction to Retail Bookselling” Seminar, on Sunday, May 22, at the Holiday Inn at 57th Street, in New York City.

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14 Apr

ABA Announces Day of Education Opening Speaker

Christopher J. Zane, a nationally noted entrepreneur and speaker, will be the opening plenary speaker at ABA’s Day of Education, on Monday, May 23, at BEA. The event is open to all BEA badged attendees.

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07 Apr

Margaret Atwood to Speak at ABA Day of Education

Bestselling and award-winning author Margaret Atwood will be a featured plenary speaker at ABA’s Day of Education, on Monday, May 23, at BEA. The hour-long event will be open to all BEA badged attendees.

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31 Mar

ABA Unveils 2011 BEA “Day of Education”

Today the American Booksellers Association provides a first look at programming for its ninth annual Day of Education, to be held on Monday, May 23, at BookExpo America. The Day of Education at BEA is sponsored by the Ingram Content Group.

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16 Feb

Spring Workshop: Opening a Bookstore

“Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials,” a workshop retreat for anyone thinking about opening or buying a bookstore, will be offered by Paz & Associates from March 21 – 25 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, Florida).

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08 Sep

Winter Institute 6 Registration Opens

Registration is now open for ABA's Sixth Annual Winter Institute, to be held from Wednesday, January 19, through Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. This educational event – sponsored by Ingram – is a member benefit exclusively for ABA bookstore and provisional members.

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