Industry Voices

23 Mar

My Bookstore: Pearl Cleage on Charis Books & More

In this excerpt from the trade paperback of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Pearl Cleage pays tribute to her hometown bookstore, Charis Books & More.

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20 Mar

A Letter About BookExpo From ReedPop’s Lance Fensterman

ReedPop Senior Global Vice President Lance Fensterman shares some of the ways BookExpo 2017 has been refocused to make it more relevant, more useful, and easier for booksellers to attend.

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15 Mar

My Bookstore: Full Circle Bookstore by Carolyn Hart

In this excerpt from the upcoming trade paperback edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Carolyn Hart pays tribute to Full Circle Bookstore.

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02 Mar

Forever a Binc-ista

Denise Chávez, the owner of Casa Camino Real Bookstore in Las Cruces, New Mexico, explains how a Book Industry Charitable Foundation scholarship to Winter Institute 12 changed her life.

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01 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s CEO invites booksellers to attend an upcoming Spring Forum and explains that, in addition to the traditional open forum discussion, each will feature an education session that is a significant departure from past programming.

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21 Feb

Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

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08 Feb

Booksellers Share Remarks Prepared for Winter Institute Town Hall

Here are prepared remarks presented at the recent ABA Town Hall by Christin Evans of The Booksmith and Kepler’s and by Angela Maria Spring, most recently of Politics & Prose, together with Hannah Oliver Depp of WORD.

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18 Jan

Using What We Have: A Conversation Regarding Simon & Schuster and Milo Y.

Amy Stephenson and Christin Evans of The Booksmith explain why the store felt compelled to take action in response to Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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06 Dec

Inquiring Minds Bookstore’s Brian Donoghue Reflects on the Consequences of Taking a Political Stand

Brian Donoghue, the owner of Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, New York, writes about his decision to mount a controversial display during the past election cycle and the unexpected outcomes.

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15 Nov

Forging Connection, One Step at a Time: A Letter From ABA’s President

In the wake of the recent election, ABA President Betsy Burton writes that independent booksellers must keep doing what they always do — move forward in their own communities one step at a time.

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26 Oct

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s CEO reminds booksellers about resources for Indies First on Small Business Saturday and looks ahead to BookExpo, where changes will make it easier for booksellers to do business with publishers.

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05 Sep

The New Edelweiss Is Here

Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster encourages booksellers to check out the new and improved features in the next generation of Edelweiss — Edelweiss+ — which launched in beta last week.

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26 Jul

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In his bimonthly letter, ABA’s CEO discusses the recent updates to a core ABA member service: the Book Buyer’s Handbook.

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30 Jun

Romancing the Bookstore

Sisters Bea and Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice, talk to Kat Meyer, co-chair of the upcoming Nielsen Romance Book Summit, about how they’re delighting customers by bringing the biggest e-book category back to the shelf.

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20 Jun

Instagram: Making Books Look Even Better

Janet Geddis, the owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, shares her tips and tricks for using Instagram to promote her store and increase sales.

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