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13 May

Saving Money on Credit & Debit Transactions Focus of ABA Education Session

Michael Barnard of Rakestraw Books in Danville, California, recommends booksellers be proactive in handling credit and debit card transactions. He'll discuss managing the complicated fee structure of credit and debit cards to reduce risk and save money at "The Business of Accepting Credit & Debit Cards," an ABA Day of Education session, on Tuesday, May 25, at at BookExpo America.

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13 May

E-Fairness Action Kit: New State-Specific Fact Sheets Added

This week, 10 more state-specific fact sheets were added to the E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) on, the American Bookseller Association's member website. Next week, the ABA will add the final fact sheets for the remaining states that collect sales tax but do not yet have e-fairness laws. ABA launched E-FACT in January to provide booksellers with a wide array of state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

New fact sheets are now available for:

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18 Mar

Six Bookstores Off to a Good Start

In 2009, 40 ABA member stores opened across the U.S. Bookselling This Week recently checked in with six of those new stores for a report on their first year.

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16 Mar

Free Classifieds Available to ABA Bookstore Members

All ABA Bookstore Members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year. BTW Classifieds are the perfect place for booksellers to place help wanted ads, advertise fixtures or stores for sale, and more.

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03 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Daniyal Mueenuddin Wins The Story Prize

The winner of the sixth annual Story Prize was announced on March 3 at an awards ceremony in Manhattan. Debut writer Daniyal Mueenuddin accepted the prize for his collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Norton), a book of eight connected stories set in southern Pakistan and centering around the estate of a feudal landowner.The other two finalists were Victoria Patterson (Drift, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Wells Tower (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, FSG).

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04 Nov

ABA Member Store Openings July - September

Eleven ABA member stores that opened for business from July through September 2009:

Bertram & Oliver Booksellers
73 Main Street
Amesbury, MA 01913-2823
(978) 388-2665

Books N Beans
2830 New Pinery Road, Suite K
Portage, WI 53901-9263
(608) 742-6300

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15 Jul

Plans Percolate for Bookstore in Downtown Athens

Janet Geddis plans to open a new bookstore -- Avid Bookshop -- in Athens, Georgia, by late spring 2010. "The project was hatched about two years ago, but personal and economic issues caused me to put it on the back burner for a while," she told BTW. "Now we're up and running again at a remarkable speed!"

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25 Mar

Booksellers School Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Despite a tough economy, or maybe because of it, more than two-dozen prospective and current booksellers participated in the most recent "Opening a Bookstore" workshop run by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates. The program was held from March 16 through March 20, in Amelia Island, Florida.

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19 Mar

January/February 2009 ABA Member Openings

Three new ABA member businesses opened in January and February 2009:

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11 Mar

BEA Online Registration Now Open

This week, BookExpo America announced the opening of online registration for this year's trade show, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31, 2009.

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14 Jan
13 Nov

New York College Towns Welcome Indie Bookstores

Two upstate New York college towns have welcomed the openings of new independent general bookstores with a steady stream of appreciation and business. The Green Toad Bookstore launched on November 1 in Oneonta, and a month earlier RiverRead Books opened in Binghamton.

The Green Toad Bookstore

New bookseller Michele Pondolfino launched The Green Toad Bookstore with about 6,500 titles and a plan to expand her inventory according to customer interest.

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30 Oct

August/September ABA Member Store Openings

Fourteen American Booksellers Association member stores opened for business in August and September, including one branch store (DIESEL - Brentwood), a non-storefront location (Reading Chair Books), and a store in Panama (Safari Bookshop).

101 West Beverley Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 887-0007

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10 Sep

Wasilla Booksellers Find Themselves in the Spotlight

When Shannon Cullip and her husband, Leonard Cullip, opened Pandemonium Booksellers in Wasilla, Alaska, with business partner Rex Weltz this past June, their aim was to create a "community destination." They didn't expect that their community would become a major focal point for the press or that a local writer's biography of Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin, would become a national bestseller. But they're enjoying the attention, and the sales.

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27 Aug

July ABA Member Store Openings

Six ABA member bookstores opened for business during July.

Chapters Book Store, Inc.
78 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 448-2366

Echo Books, Inc.
1024 Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, PA 19425
(484) 341-8362

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