BTW Articles

25 Mar

BTW News Briefs


President Obama Mentions Prairie Lights in Health Care Speech

In a speech at a health care rally in Iowa City today, President Barack Obama referred to Prairie Lights Books as just the type of small business that health care reform would benefit. Here's the except from the president's speech, which can be read in its entirety on the New York Times website:

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31 Mar

A Trove of Educational Materials for ABA Member Stores

ABA's Curriculum Guide on BookWeb.org offers member booksellers more than 100 free educational resources, covering everything from formulating a business plan and conducting a store survey to creating killer events and stocking a graphic novels section.

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06 Apr

ABA Hotel Near Times Square

The Park Central Hotel, just 20 blocks north of New York's Javits Convention Center, is the official "ABA Hotel" for BookExpo America 2010.

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29 Apr

BTW News Briefs


Perseus, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Publish Catalogs via Edelweiss

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15 Apr

On Tap for Children's Booksellers at BEA

The Association of Booksellers for Children has released a rundown of programming for children's booksellers at next month's BookExpo America. Offerings include everything from educational sessions on serving the tween reader and the nuts and bolts of kids' bookselling, presented in conjunction with ABA's Day of Education on Tuesday, May 25, to some very special author events and ABC's annual Silent Auction.

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22 Apr

Amazon.com Challenges North Carolina Over Sales and Use Tax Collection

Earlier this week, Amazon.com filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the North Carolina Department of Revenue's request for data on residents who made purchases from the online giant. The department requested the information in an effort to enforce use tax laws and has publicly stated it is only seeking general information, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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29 Apr

May Notables Flier & Shelf-Talkers Online

Booksellers can now download the May Indie Next List Notables title recommendations from BookWeb.org in flier and shelf-talker formats. Each month, the Indie Next List Notables showcase outstanding writing recommended by indie booksellers nationwide.

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06 May

ABA Members Invited to NACS Retail Program

The National Association of College Stores (NACS) will be holding its Xtreme! 2010 retail education program in Boston from July 23 to 27. All ABA members are invited to attend at the NACS member rate. Booksellers at ABA member stores can also enter a drawing for a scholarship covering the registration fee.

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13 May

Connecticut Drops Sales Tax Fairness Bill

A Connecticut bill that would have required remote retailers that had online affiliates in the state acting as sales agents to collect and remit sales tax was tabled as the legislative session ended on Thursday, May 6. Though the bill, HB 5481, passed the Finance Committee with strong support, lawmakers backed away from the bill after Amazon.com threatened to fire its Connecticut affiliates if the bill was signed into law.

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