15 May

All Day of Education Materials Now on BookWeb

Materials binder replaced by downloadable handouts

Read More
01 May

ABA, Ingram Announce Strategic Partnership

Ingram Book Group and Ingram Publisher Services to Underwrite Bookseller Education

The American Booksellers Association announced today the formation of a new strategic partnership with Ingram Book Company and Ingram Publisher Services to underwrite bookseller education for the next three years. The new partnership will begin with ABA's Day of Education being held in Hollywood, California, on Thursday, May 29, in conjunction with BookExpo America.

Read More
01 May

Registration for Prospective Booksellers School Closes May 7

Prospective booksellers who are interested in participating in "Opening a Bookstore: Creating Foundations for Success," a school sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and facilitated by Paz & Associates at BookExpo America, must register by Wednesday, May 7. The school program will run from Tuesday afternoon, May 27, through Thursday, May 29, at Hotel ABA, the Renaissance Hollywood, in Los Angeles.

Read More
30 Apr

Materials for Day of Education Sessions Available for Download

Materials related to five of this year's ABA Day of Education sessions at BookExpo America 2008 are currently available to all ABA member booksellers via downloadable PDFs on BookWeb: "Building and Rewarding Customer Loyalty," "Green Retailing," "Creating Killer Events," "

Read More
18 Mar

Creating a Compendium of Green Resources

For booksellers, becoming greener means incorporating environmentally friendly practices in day-to-day operations, as well as meeting the needs of a growing number of consumers looking for reliable information on everything from the science of global warming to public policies and personal practices that can help make the world a better place to live.

Read More
06 Mar

What's Your Plan? Booksellers on Resources for Successful Business Plan Creation

For prospective booksellers who may be daunted by the idea of creating a business plan, learning what resources are available to help is a good first step.

Read More
21 Feb

Wi3 Education Handouts Now Available on BookWeb

For the approximately 500 booksellers who attended the American Booksellers Association's 2008 Winter Institute, there were 24 education sessions to pick from, on topics ranging from developing a business plan to better understanding customer behavior and reaching today's "digital natives."

Read More
09 Jan

Creating a New Solution for Compensation

Hiring and retaining smart, well-read, personable booksellers is one key to staying competitive in the marketplace. While the ability to pay high salaries and offer bonuses and perks can go a long way toward attracting and keeping qualified employees, that's not the only solution to the compensation conundrum. By thinking creatively, and strategically, about the intangible benefits of working in a bookstore, store owners and managers can find ways to show employees they are valued, and that the bookstore is a great place to work, now and for years to come.

Read More
23 Aug

"Handselling" Videos Now Available Online

The American Booksellers Association has posted online the video vignettes featured in its popular education session "Handselling: Customer Service With Results." The video shorts dramatize 10 potential customer service scenarios to show the best and worst practices in five key areas.

Read More
15 Aug

PNBA Goes to Washington for the 2007 Fall Trade Show

The 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) Fall Trade Show will be held from Wednesday, September 19, through Friday, September 21, in Bellevue, Washington, at the Meydenbauer Center.

Read More
08 Aug

ABA Regional Trade Show Education Program Preview

The American Booksellers Association will be presenting education sessions as part of the programming at each of the eight regional booksellers association fall trade shows and at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association sales conference. Here is a first look at what's planned. In the coming weeks, BTW will feature previews of the shows, with details about the time, place, and presenters for each of the association's programs, as well as information about the ABA presence on the trade show floors and opportunities for ABA members to win prizes.

Read More
25 Jul

Creating Effective Customer Surveys: Why & How

The following article was adapted from the seminar "How to Do Customer Surveys: A Case Study," presented by the American Booksellers Association's Director of Education and of, Len Vlahos, at the 2007 Winter Institute.

Read More
14 Jun

"Staff Development" Covers Employment Application to Exit Interview

Chuck and Dee Robinson of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, were the presenters of the American Booksellers Association's program on "Staff Development" at the Day of Education at Hotel ABA on Thursday, May 31. During the well-attended session, which was repeated, the Robinsons outlined the basics of hiring, training, and motivating staff, including job application forms, interview questions, low-cost staff incentives, and more.

Read More
15 Aug

Workshop to Focus on Essentials for Prospective Booksellers

"Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials," a weeklong workshop for those interested in opening, buying, or investing in a bookstore, will be held from October 3 - 9 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Read More


About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


PRESS INQUIRIES: [email protected]

INDIECOMMERCE: [email protected]

ALL OTHER INQUIRIES: [email protected]



Copyright 2024 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement