ABACUS

30 Jul

Study Provides Crucial Information for Store Expansion

When Brian Sweet was considering an expansion of Trail's End Bookstore in Winthrop, Washington, a few years ago, he turned to the ABACUS Survey of independent bookstores' financial operations for help in making the right decision.

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23 Jul

ABA Announces the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship

The American Booksellers Association has announced the establishment of the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to the Fifth Annual Winter Institute to honor the former ABA CEO's wide-ranging contributions to independent bookselling.

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22 Jul

Securing an Invaluable Resource for New & Experienced Booksellers

What free tool, available exclusively to ABA member stores, shows you where your bookstore's operating costs are too high and where your budget needs adjustment, can help you renegotiate your lease, or help secure funding for a new store or to finance an expansion?

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15 Jul

ABACUS: Stop. Look. Learn. Benefit.

"ABACUS is an incredibly useful tool for our business," says Allison Hill, the president and COO of Vroman's Bookshop in Pasadena, California. "It helps us establish goals, determine areas for potential improvement, and monitor our progress. It offers us valuable information and a broader context.

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09 Jul

A Bookseller's Appeal for ABACUS

I bought my bookstores 13 years ago without any business training. I had worked in, and then managed the stores for several years, but apart from that, I was, let's face it, an English major.

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01 Jul

ABACUS: An Urgent Call Out to Past Participants

"We've participated in ABACUS for a number of years, and every year we learn something -- tips, shortcuts, changes in accounting, and, most of all, small ways to save money," Becky Milner of Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, said recently. "We take that two percent seriously. A shaving here and there really does make a difference to our bottom line."

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25 Jun

ABACUS in Jeopardy: ABA Board Urges Member Participation

ABACUS, one of the American Booksellers Association's most valuable services to members, has become one of the most threatened, due to sharp declines in participation in 2007 and 2008.

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18 Jun

An Open Letter to Booksellers From the ABA Board

Dear Fellow Bookseller:

We are writing to you today both as colleagues and as members of the ABA Board of Directors because of our concern that one of ABA's most valuable services has become one of the most threatened.

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19 May

Reminder: ABACUS Consultations Available at BookExpo America

Booksellers who would like help completing the 2009 ABACUS Survey can now set up appointments to meet one-on-one with David Walker, ABA's industry consultant, at BookExpo America. Walker is available for meetings in the ABA Booksellers Lounge (Room 1E07/08 of the Javits Convention Center) beginning Friday, May 29.

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14 May

ABACUS Consultations Available at BEA

Booksellers who would like help completing the 2009 ABACUS Survey can now set up appointments to meet one-on-one with David Walker, ABA's industry consultant, at BookExpo America. Walker is available for meetings in the ABA Booksellers Lounge (Room 1E07/08 of the Javits Convention Center) beginning Friday, May 29.

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07 May

ABACUS Survey Works to Increase Participation: How Bookstores Benefit

With data gathering for the 2009 ABACUS Survey now underway, BTW talked to ABA's industry consultant, David Walker, about the value of participating in the survey, last year's ABACUS results, and the need for a greater number of stores to participate.

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23 Apr

2009 ABACUS Survey Data Gathering Begins

ABA bookstore members can now begin submitting 2008 financial data to the 2009 ABACUS Survey via a secure and confidential electronic form on BookWeb.org.

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15 Apr

2009 ABACUS Data-Gathering to Begin Soon

The American Booksellers Association has begun work on the next ABACUS report, which will be issued this year and will be based on the input of bookstores' 2008 operating results.

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19 Mar

ABACUS Reports Sent

Personalized store reports have now been sent to all ABA bookstore members that submitted data to the 2008 ABACUS study. The reports and instructions were sent in an e-mail from ABA's industry consultant, David Walker.

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14 Aug

Last Call for ABACUS

Tomorrow (Friday, August 15) is the deadline for ABA member stores to submit their 2007 financial data to this year's 2008 ABACUS Study, and a significant increase in bookseller participation is still needed.

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