Industry Voices

06 Sep

An ABA CEO Update on Several Major Initiatives

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher notes this afternoon’s breaking developments in the DOJ e-book pricing case and shares news of two arrangements that will benefit ABA members.

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23 Aug

Bookstore Trouble Comes Out of the Blue

Trouble often arrives out of a clear blue sky, even during the lazy days of August. For three booksellers, trouble recently arrived in the form of First Amendent emergencies. ABFFE President Chris Finan explains how each dealt with the unexpected.

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08 Aug

A Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Becky Anderson encourages members to take part in several of the association’s important initiatives, and by doing so help make all indies stronger.

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02 Aug

Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, has compiled some key points from a growing body of research that shows scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes.

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11 Jul

ABA Thanks Booksellers for Rising to the Challenge

On behalf of the ABA Board, association CEO Oren Teicher thanks the hundreds of booksellers who wrote to the Department of Justice during the public comment period regarding the proposed consent decree in the e-book pricing suit — and calls on DOJ to publish the comments well ahead of the court-ordered deadline. 

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14 Jun

ABA’s President on BEA, DOJ, Why Indies Matter & More

ABA President Becky Anderson of Anderson’s Bookshops in Naperville, Illinois, writes to members about last week’s BEA, the Children’s Institute, Why Indies Matter, the Department of Justice’s agency model lawsuit, and more.

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30 May

A Remembrance: Kathi Kamen Goldmark

ABA CEO Oren Teicher remembers Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author, publishing consultant, and founder of The Rock Bottom Remainders, who died last week at the age of 63 of breast cancer.

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17 May

ABA CEO Update on This Spring’s Forum Discussions

ABA CEO Oren Teicher provides an overview of the main issues and topics of concern to members at the association’s Booksellers Forums, held in 11 locations across the country this spring.

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18 Apr

Slipping Between the Storms

Bestselling author M.J. Rose reports from Atria’s Great Mystery Bus Tour and compares the alarming weather in the middle of the country with recent developments in the book business.

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12 Apr

A Timely Reminder From WBN’s Lennertz

World Book Night U.S. Executive Director Carl Lennertz reminds booksellers of the resources available for next week’s giver parties and for the April 23 celebration.

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11 Apr

ABA President Encourages a Sharing of Ideas

In her bimonthly letter to member stores, ABA President Becky Anderson writes about some of things that Anderson’s Bookshops are doing “to keep the momentum going in our stores,”  and encourages others booksellers to do the same.

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04 Apr

Audio of Ann Patchett’s Wi7 Keynote Now Available

The galvanizing experience of Ann Patchett’s keynote address at Winter Institute 7 can now be heard in a downloadable audio file. 

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15 Mar

A March Missive From ABA’s CEO

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher talks about the association’s spring Booksellers Forums and some of the issues of concern to those who attended the first two gatherings of the season.

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22 Feb

An Update From ABA President Becky Anderson

In her bimonthly letter to members, ABA President Becky Anderson writes about the past holiday season, Ann Patchett’s recent appearance on The Cobert Report, last month’s Winter Institute, and this spring’s Booksellers Forums.

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05 Jan

A Bookseller Writes…

George Fox Rishel, the proprietor of The Sly Fox in Virden, Illinois, recently shared his thoughts on the future of bricks-and-mortar bookstores in a letter to ABA CEO Oren Teicher. Published here, with permission, is his letter and ABA’s response.

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