Industry Voices

26 Sep

PNBA's Trade Show From a Bookseller's Perspective

By Cheryl McKeon of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington

Moving to suburban Seattle from its traditional Portland, Oregon locale, the fall Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show attracted enthusiastic booksellers, publishers, and authors to its September 19 - 21 gathering.

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26 Sep

Are You Reading the Banned Book Blog?

ABFFE President Chris Finan has begun a special Banned Books Week Tour for his new book, From the Palmer Raids to the PATRIOT Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America.

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13 Aug

Bookstore Sales Drop Again

The retail sales slump at bookstores continued in June. Preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census show a decline in retail sales at bookstores in June 2007 of 6.6 percent as compared to June 2006. This was the 12th month in a row that book sales failed to keep pace with the previous years' results.

June 2007 bookstore sales are estimated at $1,130 million, compared to sales for the previous June of $1,210 million.

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02 Aug

Electronic Ordering in the Age of 13-Digit ISBNs

Last November, Pubnet unveiled Instant Response, an alternative to the direct electronic order (DEO) dial-up systems that several publishers began phasing out with the introduction of ISBN-13 in January. Instant Response allows bookstores to place orders and receive backorder acknowledgements, invoices, and advance shipping notices through standardized electronic methods.

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23 Jul

On the Front Lines for Midnight Magic

This past weekend, several ABA staff members joined front-line booksellers at celebrations marking the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Here are reports filed by ABA COO Oren Teicher at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona; ABA Information Director Dan Cullen at Other Tiger in Westerly, Rhode Island; and Book Sense Marketing Director Mark Nichols at The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, Connecticut.

By ABA COO Oren Teicher at Changing Hands Bookstore

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02 Jul

Bookstore and Author: It Takes Two to Tango

By Joel Crockett and David Skibbins

The town of Gualala, California, hangs over the Pacific Coast, almost two hours away from the nearest MacDonald's, Wal-Mart, Borders, or Safeway. To the south, cows walk unfenced across the only highway into town. In wet weather the river to the north inevitably floods, shutting off all traffic till it recedes. Fewer than 2,000 locals live here year round.

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03 May

Steven Hall: The Road Blog

Steven Hall

Steven Hall, author of The Raw Shark Texts (Canongate), an April Book Sense Pick, provides an entertaining look at his experiences on a cross-country promotional tour.

Friday, April 27

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26 Apr

The Freedom to Speak: From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act

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06 Mar

Censorship Is Not the Answer

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21 Feb

What the Winter Institute Drove One Bookseller to Do

Less than two weeks after attending this year's Winter Institute, Becky Milner, the owner of Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, wrote to ABA staff to share some of the many changes the two-day education program, and her networking colleagues, inspired her to make in the store's operations. What she created was the beginnings of a great marketing checklist for any independent bookseller.

February 13, 2007

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08 Feb

The Winter Institute Take-Home: A Bookseller's Chronicle

Jessica Stockton, events coordinator at New York City's McNally Robinson Booksellers (and bookseller blogger extraordinaire), files a full account of the second annual Winter Institute, in Portland, Oregon, from the opening reception to the plane flight home.

By Jessica Stockton

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03 Jan

A Fistful of Books: My Three Days on the Wild Frontline of Bookselling

by Len Vlahos

From December 8 to December 10, Len Vlahos, ABA's education and director, joined the bookselling team at Maria's Bookshop in Durango, Colorado, for a weekend stint as a frontline bookseller. This is his account of magical car rides, a charming Colorado town, and hectic holiday sales days while working at a very successful independent bookstore.

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18 Dec

Chapter 2 of An Open Book: Marrying Technology

To Have and to Hold ... From This Day Forward?

By Ann Lacefield

When technology fails, or a marriage for that matter, whose fault is it?

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