President/CEO Letters

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09 Dec

A Holiday Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Betsy Burton offers warm wishes to her fellow indie booksellers and words of thanks for the efforts of each of the association’s staff in her last letter of 2015 to members.

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19 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

As the holidays approach, ABA CEO Oren Teicher highlights some key points that he hopes will help make the coming weeks as successful and profitable as possible for ABA member stores.

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21 Oct

A Letter From ABA’s Peripatetic President

The past month was a busy time, full of planes and trains and automobiles, for ABA President Betsy Burton, who reflects here on the conversations and meetings she had with booksellers during her travels.

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10 Sep

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA’s CEO explains the unique circumstances that led to the creation of the association’s endowment as well as the endowment’s ongoing role in the ABA budget process.

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06 Aug

ABA President Betsy Burton’s First Bimonthly Letter to Members

Newly elected ABA President Betsy Burton shares news on the Board of Directors’ most recent meeting, including changes to the association’s Ends Policies. 

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11 Jun

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher reflects on a successful BEA and on important issues still facing the independent bookselling community. 

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13 May

A Final Letter From Outgoing ABA President Steve Bercu

In his last letter as ABA president, BookPeople’s Steve Bercu reflects on the positive changes for independent booksellers in the past two years and reminds members to take advantage of educational and networking opportunities at BEA.

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09 Apr

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher reflects on the spring Booksellers Forums and encourages members to take advantage of several upcoming educational and networking opportunities.

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05 Mar

A Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Steve Bercu sees another great year ahead for indie bookstores and encourages members to take advantage of upcoming education events.

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05 Feb

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher reflects on the far different world booksellers are facing since 2006, when the first Winter Institute was held in Long Beach, California.

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14 Jan

A Letter From ABA President Steve Bercu

ABA President Steve Bercu looks back at some of the good news from 2014 and offers important reminders about the upcoming Winter Institute, changes to credit card processing that all booksellers should be aware of, and more.

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13 Nov

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

ABA CEO Oren Teicher makes one last appeal to booksellers to get involved in and make the most of Indies First and Small Business Saturday.

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01 Oct

A Letter From ABA President Steve Bercu

ABA President Steve Bercu shares insights from his recent trip to the Beijing International Book Fair and encourages members to make the most of Indies First as they ramp up for the holidays.

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31 Jul

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

ABA’s CEO shares highlights from the recent Member Satisfaction Survey and thanks the participants in a recent symposium convened by ABA to inform its strategy decisions.

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08 Jul

A Letter From ABA President Steve Bercu

In his bimonthly letter, ABA President Steve Bercu encourages members to keep the Hachette-Amazon dispute on the “front burner” and to take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate what makes indies different.

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