Spring Forum Education to Focus on “A Year of Bookstore Profitability”

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In addition to the usual open forum discussions on topics of concern to booksellers, the American Booksellers Association’s 10 Spring Forums will feature an educational session focusing on the issues independent booksellers face in staying profitable.

The education portion, “A Year of Bookstore Profitability,” to be led by ABA at each of the 10 Spring Forums, will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share the initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

ABA’s Spring Forums are presented in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations, and booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

All indie booksellers — ABA members and non-members alike — are invited to take part in a forum in their area.

Here are the dates and locations for the 2018 Spring Forum season; watch for more details in upcoming editions of Bookselling This Week.