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03 Feb

New America Event Focuses on Amazon Book Monopoly

Panelists including Scott Turow, Doug Preston, Susan Cheever, Franklin Foer, and others discussed Amazon’s power in the book market and whether the government should investigate its practices during an event last week sponsored by New America.

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13 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s CEO reflects on booksellers’ busy holiday season and the continuing vitality of indie bookstores, as well as the association’s ongoing efforts online and at educational events, such as the upcoming Winter Institute, to provide actionable information to help members operate more profitably.

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05 Jan

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco on Her Life Among Books

In the final installment in our series on ABA Board members, Jamie Fiocco, the owner of Flyleaf Books, talks about changes in bookselling in the past six years, her goals as a Board member, and more.

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22 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jonathon Welch on His Life Among Books

Jonathon Welch, the co-owner of Talking Leaves...Books, talks about his early reading experiences, building the bookstore into a community and cultural center, what he’d like to see ABA achieve, and more.

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14 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Sarah Bagby on Her Life Among Books

Sarah Bagby, the owner of Watermark Books & Café, talks about her early experiences with books and reading, what motivated her to become a bookstore owner, and her goals as an ABA Board member.

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09 Dec

A Holiday Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Betsy Burton offers warm wishes to her fellow indie booksellers and words of thanks for the efforts of each of the association’s staff in her last letter of 2015 to members.

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08 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Pete Mulvihill on His Life Among Books

Green Apple Books co-owner Pete Mulvihill talks about his early reading experiences, changes in the book industry, and his goals as a member of the ABA Board.

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02 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Annie Philbrick on Her Life Among Books

Annie Philbrick, co-owner of Bank Square Books and the forthcoming Savoy Bookshop & Café, talks about her early reading experiences, her goals as an ABA Board member, what she’s reading now, and more.

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23 Nov

Face Out: ABA Board Member Matthew Norcross on His Life Among Books

ABA Board member Matthew Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers talks about his early experiences with books and reading, his beginnings as a bookseller, important changes in the book industry, and more.

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19 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

As the holidays approach, ABA CEO Oren Teicher highlights some key points that he hopes will help make the coming weeks as successful and profitable as possible for ABA member stores.

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19 Nov

BTW Talks Minimum Wage With Left Bank Books’ Jarek Steele

Left Bank’s Jarek Steele talks about the struggle to pay employees a living wage and the need to stay competitive, the effects a $15 minimum wage would have on his business, how he presents his concerns to community leaders, and more.

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05 Nov

Alsace Walentine on Laying the Foundations for Her New Bookstore

Alsace Walentine, the former author events coordinator at Malaprop’s, provides an update on her plans to open a bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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24 Sep

A New Frontier in the Fight for Reader Privacy

In his latest column, ABFE Director Chris Finan discusses why ABA has filed an amicus brief in the latest ACLU challenge to an NSA surveillance program. Reader privacy is at stake.

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08 Sep

Voting on Proposed Bylaws Change to Open September 16

In a recent interview with BTW, ABA President Betsy Burton encouraged booksellers to make plans to vote on a proposed amendment to the ABA’s bylaws that would raise the number of members on the association’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11.

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20 Aug

ABA President Betsy Burton: Proposed Bylaws Change Aims to Increase Diversity, Break Tie Votes

With voting set to open next month on a proposed amendment to ABA’s bylaws, ABA President Betsy Burton discusses why the Board supports raising the number of members on the association’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11.

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