BTW Articles

19 Jun

ABACUS-13 Survey Opens Next Week

ABA main store members should be on the lookout for an e-mail arriving at the beginning of next week from the National Association of College Stores’ OnCampus Research with instructions for participating in ABACUS-13.

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05 Jun

A Report on the May 2014 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from May 26 – 27, 2014, in New York City, just prior to the start of BookExpo America, to work on a range of issues.

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23 Apr

A Report on the April 2014 ABA Board of Directors Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from April 4 – 6, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, just prior to ABA’s first stand-alone ABC Children’s Institute.

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09 Apr

Balance Passion for Bookselling With Business Skills

A key to the long-term success and sustainability of a new bookstore business is sound professional development, and for those new to retail bookselling, the workshop “Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials” will provide fundamental skills required to operate a bookstore business.

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06 Feb

Kobo CEO Replaced by Rakuten Executive

Kobo announced on Tuesday that company founder and CEO Michael Serbinis was stepping down and would be replaced by Japanese executive Takahito “Taka” Aiki, effective immediately. Aiki formerly served as CEO of Fusion Communications, a telecom subsidiary of Rakuten, Kobo’s parent company.

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30 Jan

Crown Business Offers Special Program on “Decisive” to Encourage Indie Networking

Following up on bestselling author Dan Heath’s successful opening plenary at last week’s Winter Institute, which featured insight and best practices from Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, Crown Business has announced a special program for indie booksellers who would like to network and build stronger ties with other local businesses.

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30 Jan

A Report on the ABA Board’s January 2014 Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from January 19–20 in Seattle, just prior to the Winter Institute, and worked on a range of issues.

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14 Jan

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Boosting Our Chances of Success by Preparing to Be Wrong

In the fourth in a series of key insights and tips from Decisive, Dan Heath explains how, in order to boost our decision-making success, we need to be humble enough to prepare to be wrong and anticipate and plan for bad outcomes as well as good ones.

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06 Jan

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Getting a Sense of Perspective on Your Toughest Decisions

Winter Institute 2014 opening plenary speaker Dan Heath, the co-author with his brother, Chip, of the bestselling business book Decisive, shares strategies for attaining some distance before making crucial business decisions.

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30 Dec

Wi9 Plenary Speaker Dan Heath on Reality-Testing Your Assumptions

Dan Heath, the co-author with his brother, Chip, of the bestselling business book Decisive, will be the opening plenary speaker at Winter Institute 2014. Here, he offers booksellers facing decisions a few tips for overcoming “confirmation bias” — the tendency to seek out information that confirms our existing beliefs or preferences.

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