Industry Voices

21 May

72 Hours in NYC

An annual tradition continues: A suggested itinerary  for booksellers to get the most out of BookExpo America 2014.

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21 May

A Letter From ABA President Steve Bercu

ABA President Steve Bercu encourages booksellers to attend next week's Annual Membership Meeting and to take advantage of the range of programming and special events available to members at BEA.

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22 Apr

Road Trip! A Tour of the West in Search of Sublime Bookstores

David Shapiro, the founder and president of Craigmore Creations, traveled from the Willamette Valley to the Grand Canyon to take the pulse of independent bookselling and draw attention to books from his new publishing house. What he found was a thriving culture of reading in the West and small towns that love books and their independent bookstores.

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17 Apr

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher discusses topics raised at the recent Spring Forums and invites booksellers to take advantage of upcoming educational opportunities, including two new programs that provide booksellers with a chance to meet with publishers at BEA.

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10 Apr

Kate DiCamillo’s Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Indies First Storytime Day

Kate DiCamillo, the 2014–2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, gives her top 10 reasons authors and illustrators should sign up to read at an indie bookstore for Indies First Storytime Day, this May 17.

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06 Mar

Booksellers Play Key Role in Defending Free Speech in Court

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, explains why this week's filing of an amicus brief in a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court in April is a particularly appropriate moment to consider the important role that booksellers play in defending free speech.

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05 Mar

A Letter to Members From ABA President Steve Bercu

In his March letter, ABA President Steve Bercu reflects on the post-holiday survey of indie businesses conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, George Packer’s piece in The New Yorker about Amazon's effect on the book industry, and more.

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14 Jan

ABA President Steve Bercu’s First Letter of 2014

In his first letter of the year to members, ABA President Steve Bercu touches on a range of topics, from next week’s Winter Institute to the IndieCommerce move to Drupal 7.

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06 Jan

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Getting a Sense of Perspective on Your Toughest Decisions

Winter Institute 2014 opening plenary speaker Dan Heath, the co-author with his brother, Chip, of the bestselling business book Decisive, shares strategies for attaining some distance before making crucial business decisions.

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12 Dec

A Year-End Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In this final letter to members of 2013, ABA’s CEO shares some updates and observations and offers congratulations to all who helped make Indies First and Small Business Saturday such an outstanding success.

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08 Nov

S&S Authors Celebrate Indie Bookstores in New Video

To help spread the Shop Local message this holiday season, Simon & Schuster has created a video featuring well-known authors promoting the pleasures, and importance, of shopping at independent bookstores.

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06 Nov

ABA President Steve Bercu's Bimonthly Update

ABA President Steve Bercu shares his thoughts on both the upcoming holiday season and recent industry events.

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10 Oct

A Pre-Holiday Letter From ABA’s CEO

With the holidays fast approaching, ABA CEO Oren Teicher encourages booksellers to take advantage of three initiatives — two promotions from ABA and a grassroots effort launched by Sherman Alexie — to build on Small Business Saturday and the Local First/Shop Local movement, which continues to strongly influence the way customers are shopping.

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11 Sep

A Letter to Members From ABA President Steve Bercu

In his bimonthly letter, ABA President Steve Bercu discusses recent industry happenings, invites booksellers to take advantage of the association’s programming on the Affordable Care Act at the regional shows, and more.

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03 Sep

ABA Responds to Amazon Supreme Court Filing

ABA CEO Oren Teicher has written an open letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that highlights the discrepancy between the company’s professed support for e-fairness and its ongoing business practices.

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