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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

Booksellers Tally Up Holiday Season

Booksellers around the country had many tales to tell about their holiday sales, generally their peak selling period.

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04 Jan

Bookseller Programming at BEA Offers More Than Ever

There will be more opportunities than ever for networking, professional development, and discovering the best of the fall publishers' lists at the 2002 BookExpo America, held in conjunction with the ABA Convention, set for May 2-5 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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04 Jan

October Bookstore Sales Remain Healthy

Bookstore sales for October reflected healthy growth in a period of economic uncertainty, exceeding sales for the previous October by a solid 6.8 percent. Preliminary sales of $1,187 million for October 2001 compared favorably with the $1,111 million performance of October 2000.

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21 Dec

Barbara Kingsolver Writes to Booksellers

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver this week issued an open letter to independent booksellers. She wrote in the wake of a November 5 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal by Gregg Easterbrook, which had criticized the writer for an essay published in the San Francisco Chronicle on September 25.

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21 Dec

Prospects for Sales Tax Holiday Still Unclear

A nationwide sales tax holiday held in February would save consumers $5.9 billion, according to a new estimate prepared for the National Retail Federation (NRF). The estimate by the Arthur Anderson accounting firm is somewhat lower than the $6.5 billion calculated for a proposed November-December sales tax holiday and takes into account February's lower sales.

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21 Dec

Tattered Cover's Good Fight

This editorial was originally published December 12, 2001 in the Rocky Mountain News.

THE ISSUE: State Supreme Court hears arguments on releasing bookstore records.

OUR VIEW: They should remain private

If you value your constitutional right to read what you please without worrying about government snooping, you owe a vote of thanks to the Tattered Cover bookstore for its spirited defense of its customers' privacy.

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21 Dec

Meskis Defending Our Freedom

By Reggie Rivers
Denver Post Columnist

Thursday, December 13, 2001--It would have been far easier for Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store, to give up the fight. It would have been cheaper and simpler to give the police access to the purchasing records of her customers. Everyone would have understood, and no one would have criticized her for giving the cops confirmation that their suspect did purchase two books on how to run a meth lab.

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21 Dec

New Bookstore Takes Root in Baltimore

Baltimore has a new independent bookstore serving some of the northern suburbs of Baltimore County--Cross Keys, Roland Park, and Ruxton. The Ivy Bookshop, owned by Baltimore area native, Darielle Linehan, has been open since November 28, when eager customers were waiting for her to unlock the doors.

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14 Dec

New Drama Book Shop Location Garners Raves

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14 Dec

R.J. Julias Experiment

R.J. Julia Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Madison, Connecticut, is branching out--or at least trying out a new offshoot. Owner Roxanne Coady told BTW that the store opened a "big, beautiful, mahogany book kiosk" in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 3.

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14 Dec

Lemony Snicket Rallies Authors to Support the Tattered Cover

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14 Dec

ABFFE Offers New Introductory Memberships

What do you give a bookseller who has everything?

Give them a front-row seat in the fight for free speech by making them a member of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)--the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship. ABFFE is now offering introductory memberships for $15--a 70 percent discount on the cost of an individual membership.

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07 Dec

A Bookselling Institution Turns 25--And Becomes a Parent!

There was cause for celebration in Arkansas this September as That Bookstore in Blytheville at once reached a milestone and gained a colleague: That Bookstore has become those bookstores. The day owner Mary Gay Shipley held a party to mark That Bookstore in Blytheville's 25th anniversary, her protégé MaryAlice Hurst, new owner of That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place, opened for business in Conway, Arkansas.

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07 Dec

Independent Bookstores #1 in Ranking in Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports magazine, perhaps the country's most influential buyers' guide, notes in its January 2002 issue that 88 percent of the readers responding to a survey said they were either completely satisfied or very satisfied with their shopping experiences at independent bookstores. The magazine noted that such high approval for independents "puts those stores on a par with the highest-rated stores from any Consumer Reports survey in recent years."

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