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15 Apr

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Elliott Bay Opens in New Location

Elliott Bay Book Company celebrates its opening in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood today, starting at 4:00 p.m. with a Grand Opening Block Party. Two weeks ago, Elliott Bay locked its doors in Pioneer Square, after 36 years.

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22 Apr

Debate on Free Speech Rights of Corporations Added to BEA Program

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will host a program at BookExpo America that will explore the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down limits on the money corporations can spend in political campaigns.

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22 Apr

Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Rights

In a significant First Amendment decision, on Tuesday, April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 8-1, declared unconstitutional a law banning photos, film, and video depictions of animal cruelty and, in doing so, rejected the federal government's attempt to create a new exception to the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., noted that the law "created a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth," which could have made the sale of magazines or videos showing hunting a crime in Washington, D.C., where hunting is illegal.

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29 Apr

NYC Bookstores to Host Open Houses

Thirteen indie bookstores will welcome booksellers to New York City for next month's trade show with open houses on Monday evening, May 24. The owners and staff of the participating stores are looking forward to greeting their ABA colleagues with a warm reception and some light refreshments. The Open House festivities are co-sponsored by the participating businesses, the American Booksellers Association, and BookExpo America.

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13 May

72 Hours in New York City, Part 2

This second installment of "A Suggested Itinerary to Get the Most Out of BEA, ABA, and NYC" offers ABA member booksellers tips and highlights for Wednesday, May 26, at the trade show. The first installmentlooked at booksellers' arrival in New York and the ABA Day of Education on Tuesday.

The Second 24

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13 May

The Summer Children's Indie Next List Preview

The Summer 2010 Kids' Indie Next List can now be seen in preview online. The four-page, full-color flier will be arriving at indie bookstores in the upcoming Children's White Box.

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25 Mar

Follett Offers Textbook Rental to Indie Bookstores

When Follett Higher Education Group announced a new textbook rental program open to independent bookstores, "we instantly had people signing up," said senior vice president of intellectual properties Gary Shapiro.

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07 Apr

Spotlight on Board Candidate Tom Campbell

The third in BTW's series of board candidate profiles features Tom Campbell, of The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina, who is up for a second three-year term as a director. Board ballots, e-mailed to ABA main store members on March 22, must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 26.

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14 Apr

Carmichael's Finds LIBRIS Fits the Bill

Carol Besse, co-owner of Carmichael's Books in Louisville, Kentucky, shares her recent happy experience with LIBRIS, the insurance company formed by ABA to provide affordable insurance protection for its members.


I just had a happy experience I want to share with fellow ABA members.

I tried LIBRIS insurance a couple of years ago and couldn't get what I considered a simple apples-to-apples quote and abandoned the process in frustration. I also have an allegiance to my local agent who I have been with for 30-plus years.

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