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23 Sep

MPBA Puts on a 'Remarkable' Show

Approximately 500 booksellers representing about 115 of the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association's 240 bookstore members gathered in Denver from September 16 - 19 for the association's fall trade show. "The exhibitors were absolutely delighted with the show," said MPBA Executive Director Lisa Knudsen. "In some years they have catalogues left over at the end -- this year many of them ran out on the first day….

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16 Sep

A Lively and Life-Changing MSIBA Trade Show

For its coverage of the fall regional trade shows this year, Bookselling This Week has asked a bookseller at each show to share their experiences with our readers. Here, Dana Harper of Brystone Children's Books in Fort Worth, Texas, provides a lively look at the Mid-South Independent Booksellers Association trade show, which was held from Thursday, September 9, through Sunday, September 12, in New Orleans.

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16 Sep

PNBA Trade Show 'A Literary Delight'

From September 10 - 12, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association held its fall trade show at Oregon's Portland Convention Center.

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16 Sep

SEBA Show Worth Every Bit of the Effort

Despite three major storms, which hit the southeast in quick succession, the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA) held a successful trade show in Atlanta from September 10 - 12.

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08 Sep

On Selling (What Else?) Books

Nicki Leone, manager of Bristol Books in Wilmington, North Carolina, was recently invited by author M.J. Rose (The Halo Effect, Mira) to be a "guest blogger" on Rose's Weblog. Leone's assignment: To "write about anything related to getting books read." Thanks to Nicki Leone and M.J. Rose for allowing BTW to share with our readers this lighthearted look at the extent to which a bookseller will go to sell a book.

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06 Jul

Life Savers

The power of books to change lives is the subject of this column by Andy Weinberger, co-owner with his wife, Lilla, of Readers' Books in Sonoma, California. This piece originally appeared in "One for the Book," an occasional newsletter from Readers' Books.


By Andy Weinberger

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20 Apr

Speaking of Audio: The Dreaded Summer Reading List

By Robin Whitten

Yikes! The dreaded Summer Reading List is almost upon us. Teachers want to keep building their students' skills and parents want their children to excel, so the list arrives like clockwork every June. Kids, however, wish it would just disappear. But savvy booksellers make plans now to help out.

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03 Mar

The Good Word: A Recurring Reflection

By Scott Foley

It can happen when any passion becomes a vocation; over the years something has changed in my appreciation of books. Publishers are more generous than ever with free offerings, so I am purchasing fewer and fewer titles for personal use. With books overflowing from my dresser onto my bedside table and in stacks in my office, I still love to read, but sometimes I wonder if I take the privilege for granted these days. Have I lost my appreciation of the intrinsic value of a book, beyond its literal cover price?

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17 Feb

Speaking of Audio: The Freedom of Choice

By Robin Whitten

What is the right mix of cassette and CD audiobooks?

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06 Jan

The Good Word: A Recurring Reflection

by Scott Foley

It didn't happen again this year, either. Susan Stamberg didn't call me from National Public Radio to solicit my opinion about great new holiday titles. Every year about this time I'll depart on occasional reveries, imaginary conversations with NPR hosts. Occasionally, I'll even jot down a list of the books I'd mention were such a windfall to come my way.

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03 Sep

Small Town Bookstore With BIG Ideas

By Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen is owner/manager of Bookin' It in Little Falls, Minnesota, a store that she describes as "among the smallest of the small bookstores, operating in a community of only 7,500" and devoting 1,800 square feet to retail floor space. Here she explains how even a small store in small town should "never underestimate your market. Expect the unexpected customer even when no one expects the unexpected of you."

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29 Jul

Speaking of Audio: In the Driver's Seat

By Robin Whitten

The audiobook listener is in the driver's seat when it comes to choosing the CD or cassette format. Significant changes are underway in the availability of media formats as audio publishers pay closer attention to customer audio book purchase patterns and format preferences in an effort to increase sales.

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