Important ABA Book Buyer's Handbook News [2]

Since the launch of the ABA Book Buyer's Handbook online at handbook.bookweb.org/ [3] in April 2002, more than 700 publishers, distributors, and wholesalers have changed or added information to their company data. The ability of publishers to update their company information at any time and add short-term special offers, as well as the inclusion of active links to publishers' Web sites, have made the online Handbook an invaluable resource for booksellers.

However, recognizing that some booksellers still wanted a print book, in 2002, ABA also produced a print-on-demand edition available to bookstore members at cost. The association is now seeking to ascertain the demand for a 2003 print edition of the Book Buyer's Handbook. A minimum of 250 Handbooks must be ordered to keep the price at approximately $50.

ABA is asking bookstore members interested in a print 2003 edition to let us know by July 1. For an online form, click here [4]; 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 info@bookweb.org [5]. In July, 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 the order.

Publishers, wholesalers, and distributors that have not activated their accounts to update their company information in the Handbook online should contact Tory Chiaramida, Handbook coordinator, at handbook@bookweb.org [6] or (914) 591-2665, ext. 1263, for their company's access code.

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