Industry Voices

21 Dec

A Year-End Letter From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares his recent experience as a holiday helper at Politics & Prose and encourages booksellers to ramp up marketing efforts to capture post-holiday e-book sales.

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15 Dec

Takin’ It to the Press: Betsy Burton on Amazon’s Egregious Behavior

In response to Amazon’s price app promo, Betsy Burton of The King’s English penned a Letter to the Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. She’s encouraging other booksellers to do the same in order to capitalize on the recent media attention to focus on why indies matter.

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14 Dec

Richard Russo Takes on Amazon App in New York Times Op-Ed

On Monday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Richard Russo, who, along with several other bestselling authors, criticized Amazon’s new price check app.

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07 Dec

NBA Winner Jesmyn Ward on the Importance of Indies, Salvage the Bones & More

At this year’s National Book Awards ceremony, fiction winner Jesmyn Ward thanked Mississippi independent booksellers for helping Salvage the Bones find its readership. Here, Ward talks about the role of indies in advocating for her work, her Mississippi background, and her upcoming memoir.

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01 Dec

A Letter From ABA President Becky Anderson: Maneuvering Through the Holidays

How to maneuver your way through the holidays with balloons, parades, great visuals, and some friendly visits from your congressional representatives.

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16 Nov

A Pre-Holiday Message From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares an update about some new ABA tools as well as other relevant information that the association hopes will help indie booksellers increase holiday sales.

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03 Nov

A Letter From ABA’s CEO on the Regional Trade Shows and More

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher provides an update on the association’s participation in the nine regional trade shows and shares some of the questions and topics of concern voiced by booksellers who stopped by the ABA booth at each.

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06 Oct

A Letter From ABA’s CEO: New Business Models and More

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares his regular update on association activities, and he focuses on ABA’s efforts to work with publishers to encourage the formulation of creative new industry business models that will help all industry stakeholders, a critical initiative that has ABA’s firmest commitment.

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08 Sep

A Letter From ABA’s President: Bookselling in the Southern Hemisphere & More

ABA President Becky Anderson shares her experiences as a guest at this summer’s Booksellers New Zealand and Australian Booksellers Association annual conferences, as well as a look at some of the things ABA is currently working on.

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04 Aug

A Letter to Booksellers From ABA's CEO Oren Teicher

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares an update on association activities with members. Last month, ABA President Becky Anderson wrote the membership, and, moving ahead, she and Teicher will alternate each month with updates about the association's activities.

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06 Jul

A Letter to Booksellers From ABA’s President

On Wednesday, July 6, ABA President Becky Anderson sent an e-mail to booksellers with the first of what will be regular updates about the association from both her and ABA’s CEO, Oren Teicher.

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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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28 Jun

Bookseller’s Video Encourages All ABA Members to Participate in ABACUS

In a new YouTube video, Nicole Magistro of The Bookworm of Edwards says ABACUS is “a great financial tool that you can take to your bank, to your landlord, or anyone else you need help from.”
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14 Apr

A Q&A With ABA’s 2011 Director Candidates

BTW talks to this year’s three director candidates for the ABA Board –  John Evans, Matt Norcross, and Ken White – about the challenges facing independent bookstores and ABA’s role in helping members meet those challenges head-on.

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31 Mar

Booksellers Diary: Books, The Kindle Killer

This week BTW launches “Booksellers Diary,” an occasional feature of first-person accounts of bookseller’s experiences on the frontlines. The first entry is from Carol Chittenden of Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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