E-commerce

24 Jul

BookSense.com On the Move...

Here BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos updates booksellers on the latest improvements and enhancements to BookSense.com.

Greetings! There's a lot of BookSense.com news in this edition of On the Move....

As the direct result of requests from booksellers, we've made a number of enhancements to BookSense.com -- some of which are pretty significant.

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02 Jul

BookSense.com's Co-op Reimbursement Program -- A Bridge Between Booksellers and Publishers

Over the past two years, BookSense.com has grown exponentially in its value to independent booksellers. Here's an invitation to stores with Book Sense to take another look at the improved product as well as details of the BookSense.com Co-op Reimbursement Program, which can offset a significant portion of the monthly costs.

Greetings Bookseller With Book Sense,

It's time for you to take another look at BookSense.com!

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02 Jul

BookSense.com On the Move…

Here BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos updates booksellers on the latest improvements and enhancements to BookSense.com.

Greetings! There's a lot of BookSense.com news in this edition of "On the Move…." From new shipping options to longer timeouts to a new Levenger icon, much has happened since my last column, so let's get right to it:

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11 Jun

BookSense.com Users Group Meeting Makes for a 'Vibrant, Forthright Discussion'

On Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, over 40 current and potential BookSense.com users attended the hour-long BookSense.com Users Group meeting, where they heard about the latest features of BookSense.com, as well as planned enhancements to the product. Moderator Len Vlahos, BookSense.com director, told BTW it was a productive session.

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22 May

Independent Booksellers Urge Governors to Start Collecting Sales Tax Online

ABA President Ann Christophersen

In a letter dated May 22, sent on behalf of ABA member bookstores, ABA President Ann Christophersen once again urges the state governors and other elected officials in the 45 states that charge sales tax to immediately take step

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15 May

BookSense.com On the Move…

This month's feature from BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos updates booksellers on the latest improvements and enhancements to BookSense.com.

Greetings! There's a lot of new BookSense.com news in this month's edition of "On the Move.…"

New relationship with Levenger

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08 May

California Senate Passes Bill Clarifying Online Sales Tax Law

On May 8, by a 23 to 15 vote, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 103, which would clarify existing California sales tax laws and require retailers with bricks-and-mortar stores or warehouses in California to charge sales tax for purchases made online by California residents. The bill, S.B. 103, was introduced by Senator Deirdre Alpert (D-San Diego) in late January. The bill now goes to the State Assembly.

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08 May

California Tax Commission to Audit Barnesandnoble.com

At its April 23 meeting, California's State Board of Equalization (BOE) voted 3-2 to conduct a full-scale audit of Barnesandnoble.com to determine if the online retailer has nexus in the state of California. The vote came after the Board reaffirmed its September 12, 2002 decision that Barnesandnoble.com was obligated to pay California back use taxes for a period of four months -- from November 15, 1999 to March 31, 2000 -- because Barnes & Noble stores were offering coupons discounting purchases made at Barnesandnoble.com.

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10 Apr

BookSense.com On the Move . . .

This month's feature from BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos updates booksellers on the latest improvements and enhancements to BookSense.com.

Greetings! Much has occurred in the last month. In our continuing drive to improve BookSense.com, we're in the process of adding staff and some new features to the BookSense.com product.

Here's a quick rundown:

1. Staff on the Move!

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09 Apr

California's Tax Committee Approves Online Sales Tax Bill

On March 26, California's Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a bill that would clarify existing California sales tax laws and force retailers with bricks-and-mortar stores or warehouses in California to charge sales tax for purchases made online by California residents. The bill, S.B. 103, was introduced by Senator Deirdre Alpert (D-Coronado) in late January.

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17 Mar

Beware of Bogus Orders

A continuing problem for booksellers, especially those with an online presence, is the receipt of fraudulent orders. A number of booksellers have reported receiving bogus orders from overseas -- via either their retail Web sites or e-mail -- for large numbers of hardcover books, often Bibles or medical texts. These orders usually originate in Nigeria, Ghana, Singapore, or Egypt and are usually in excess of $150. The books being ordered are most often Bibles, other religious titles, medical texts, or other reference books.

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04 Mar

Kepler: Book Chains Get Free Ride Online

Independent booksellers, including Kepler's, protest state's tax system

By David Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer

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27 Feb

BookSense.com On the Move...

In an effort to keep members up-to-date on the latest news and changes as BookSense.com evolves, BTW is introducing a new monthly feature from BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos, "BookSense.com On the Move…"

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07 Feb

ABA Applauds National Retailers' Decision to Collect Online Sales Taxes

ABA President Ann Christophersen today called upon Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders to follow the lead of national retailers that recently have begun to collect sales tax on their online sales. The news of the retailers' decision comes just days after more than 560 independent booksellers nationwide joined as co-signers on letters to their state governors calling for the states to enforce state tax laws fairly and uniformly.

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06 Feb

Over 560 Independent Booksellers Join in Calling for States to Enforce Sales Taxes Fairly

This week over 560 independent booksellers nationwide joined ABA President Ann Christophersen in signing letters urging their state governors and other elected officials to immediately take steps to enforce state tax laws fairly and uniformly. Specifically, the letters call for states to require retailers with a physical presence in their respective states to collect sales taxes on online sales. (To read the full text of the letter, click here.)

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