15 Apr Affiliate Program Grows by Leaps and Bounds

The Affiliate Program is unique in that it links to not one, but hundreds of independent bookstore websites. And this week the program, which pays generous commissions to bloggers, authors, and other website owners on sales their sites refer to independent bookstores, launched the first of several planned enhancements.

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15 Apr

ABA E-Commerce Stores Encouraged to Sign-up for Training

Training sessions to guide booksellers through the migration of their ABA E-Commerce Solution websites to Drupal, the new, open-source system, are now underway. ABA staff has created a new, albeit empty, website for each store and is providing instructions on how to create an account at the new site and more.

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08 Apr

Paz & Associates Works With E-Commerce Stores to Claim Co-op

On April 1, the American Booksellers Association transferred co-op management for booksellers participating in the ABA E-Commerce Solution to Paz & Associates. Mark Kaufman, who currently serves as co-op administrator for 30 independent booksellers using Paz's newsletter marketing services, is now working with E-commerce stores to claim publishers' co-op monies to help offset the cost of maintaining their websites.

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18 Mar

ABA E-Commerce Solution Migration on Pace

This week, the ABA E-Commerce Solution announced that Drupal training sessions had begun and some stores have already successfully migrated over to the new, open-source system.

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12 Mar

Opportunities in the Digital Arena for Independent Bookstores: An Action Plan for the American Booksellers Association

Presented to the ABA Board of Directors at its March 2009 Meeting

By Len Vlahos, ABA Chief Program Officer


In 1978 Douglas Adams envisioned a slim electronic folio that contained all the useful knowledge of all the people on all the planets in the universe. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as Adams imagined it, would let you carry in your pocket a device that functioned like an amalgam of Google and an e-book. And while he was trying to be funny, Adams, it turns out, was prescient.

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26 Feb

Paz & Associates to Manage Co-op for ABA E-Commerce Solution

This week, the American Booksellers Association announced that beginning April 1 Paz & Associates will manage co-op for booksellers participating in the ABA E-Commerce Solution. ABA E-Commerce staff currently solicits publisher co-op funds to offset the monthly maintenance fee paid by booksellers and handles all administration of the program on behalf of participating stores.

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11 Feb

ABA E-Commerce Solution Migration to Drupal Begins

On Wednesday, February 11, the ABA E-Commerce Solution announced the start of the migration of all store websites to Drupal, an "open-source" Content Management System (CMS). A small number of stores have been beta testing the new platform over the past several months.

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11 Dec

Three Stores Go Live on New ABA E-Commerce Platform

The ABA E-Commerce Solution has announced that three beta-testing stores are now live on the new Drupal platform, and the migration of all participating members will begin sometime in January 2009.

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23 Oct Adds More E-Commerce Sites

One of the key features of is "Shop Local Online," which directs book buyers to the website of a bookstore near them. Books featured on the Indie Next List, the Indie Bestseller Lists, and elsewhere on the site include links for consumers to buy the book. Click on one of these links, enter your zip code, and you'll be presented with some online shopping options near you.

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30 Sep

ABA E-Commerce Solution Extends Beta Test

The ABA E-Commerce Solution's beta test of its new open-source platform has been extended, and its release is now scheduled for sometime in early 2009.

Over the last year, the ABA E-Commerce Solution has been migrating to Drupal, a content management system that will provide more robust administrative tools, greater system stability, and the ability to roll out new features more quickly.

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11 Sep

A Change in ABA's Regional Trade Show Programming

The American Booksellers Association's plans to conduct E-Commerce Solution Users Group meetings at each of the fall regional booksellers association trade shows have changed.

E-Commerce Users Group sessions scheduled for the September shows have been canceled or replaced with other sessions, as ABA staff works to complete the migration of E-Commerce sites to the Drupal open source platform. Booksellers are directed to regional trade show schedules for details about replacement programming.

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14 Aug

BookTour Now Featuring Events @ Indie Stores

Readers looking to connect with authors can now find events at indie bookstores participating in ABA's E-Commerce Solution on BookTour, the website founded by Chris Anderson, Kevin Smokler, and Adam Goldstein.

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06 Aug

Work on E-Commerce Solution Migration Continues

Over the past few months, the ABA E-Commerce Solution has been undergoing a major overhaul. The site is migrating to the open-source platform Drupal, which will provide users with new and improved administrative tools, better performance and reliability, and a shorter path to new features and functionality. The new open-source platform is scheduled for fall 2008 release.

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17 Jun

ABA E-Commerce Solution Offering Up Two New Promotions

The ABA E-Commerce Solution is offering participating bookstores promotional downloads for Scholastic's The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Random House's Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.

Scholastic has made the first chapter of The Hunger Games -- expected to be a big fall title -- available for posting to the websites of all participating ABA E-Commerce Solution stores.

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04 Jun Becomes ABA E-commerce Solution

Inventory uploads now free

With the launch of IndieBound last Thursday at BookExpo America, the Book Sense marketing program has been replaced with a program that's more of a movement than a marketing campaign, and this means changes for the program.

First and foremost, is not part of IndieBound, and it has been renamed the ABA E-commerce Solution. This will be visible in several ways:

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.




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