President/CEO Letters

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10 Jul

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

In her inaugural letter to member booksellers, ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco looks at the future of indie bookselling and urges participation in the ABACUS survey, among other ABA programs.

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19 Jun
Oren Teicher

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the recent Annual Meeting at BookExpo and the many initiatives underway at the association.

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14 May

A Letter From Outgoing ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

In his final letter to American Booksellers Association members as ABA Board President, Robert Sindelar shares reflections on his past six years on the board, the past two as president.

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26 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on exciting events on the horizon for ABA member booksellers in the coming months, including the 2019 Spring Forums, BookExpo, and the seventh annual Children’s Institute.

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06 Mar

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

Here, Sindelar highlights several educational opportunities for booksellers to take advantage of in their ongoing journey of becoming a better bookseller and businessperson.

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09 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the bustling holiday shopping season at indie bookstores and looks ahead to the upcoming Winter Institute.

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12 Dec

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

In a holiday message to booksellers, Sindelar reflects on his favorite books of the year and writes about some of the authors he’s looking forward to meeting at Winter Institute next month.

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07 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, Teicher encourages booksellers to gear up for the holiday sales season as well as the sixth annual celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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10 Oct

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar on the Delight of Participation

Here, Sindelar highlights several opportunities for booksellers to take advantage of — and participate in — their membership with the American Booksellers Association.

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04 Sep

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, Teicher encourages booksellers to mark their calendars for the opening of Winter Institute registration, the upcoming fall regional trade shows, and ABA’s Principles of Bookstore Finance seminars.

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15 Aug

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

“Booksellers often ask me about what the board is working on and what the job of the board is,” writes Sindelar. “Nothing explains this better than our work each summer.”

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11 Jul

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA CEO Oren Teicher discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to reverse a long-standing precedent and rule that all retailers — both bricks-and-mortar and online — must collect sales tax for online orders.

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21 Jun
Robert Sindelar

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar on BookExpo: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Here, Sindelar shares his thoughts on the reimagined BookExpo as well as initiatives to help indie booksellers capitalize on pre-orders and to bring the Batch invoicing system to the U.S.

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09 May

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA CEO Oren Teicher discusses the numerous events and programs taking place at BookExpo later this month in New York City and looks ahead to next month’s Children’s Institute.

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17 Apr

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

In a letter to members, ABA President Robert Sindelar looks ahead to BookExpo 2018 and a series of upcoming publisher partner meetings to discuss indie bookstore-publisher relationships.

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