Important ABA Book Buyer's Handbook News

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Since the launch of the ABA Book Buyer's Handbook online at in April 2002, publishers, distributors, and wholesalers have been updating their company data on an ongoing basis. The immediacy of the information in the online Handbook, plus the addition of short-term special offers and the inclusion of active links to publishers' websites, has made the online Handbook an invaluable resource for booksellers. Periodically, however, ABA has made available, at cost, a print-on-demand edition for booksellers who still desire a print book. ABA is currently seeking to ascertain the demand for a 2005 print edition of the Book Buyer's Handbook. A minimum of 300 to 350 Handbooks must be ordered to keep the price at about $55.

ABA is asking bookstore members interested in purchasing a print edition of a 2005 Handbook to let the association know by July 1. For an online form, click here; or send an e-mail, with Book Buyer's Handbook in the subject line, and include store name, address, and phone number; ABA ID number; and number of copies desired to [email protected]. In July, if a sufficient numbers of requests are received, a price will be set, and ABA will contact booksellers who have expressed a desire for a print book to verify the price and take orders.

Publishers, wholesalers, and distributors that have not recently updated their company information in the Handbook database should contact Denise Krause, Handbook coordinator, at [email protected] or (914) 591-2665, ext. 1263, for an online access code or for a print copy of their listing.