15 May

Users Groups to Convene at BEA

The American Booksellers Association's schedule of educational offerings at BookExpo America doesn't end with Thursday's "Day of Education." Informational sessions continue on Friday and Saturday, June 1 - 2. Among the programs on Friday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center are two Users Group Meetings: a Users Group Meeting and a Book Sense Gift Cards Users Group Meeting. Users Group Meeting

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01 Mar Adds HarperCollins, Random House Book Content, the American Booksellers Association's turnkey e-commerce product for member bookstores, has launched functionality to allow consumers to view book content from two leading publishers.

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17 Jan On the Move...

In this first On the Move of the New Year, presents a report on website sales during the holiday season, improvements to inventory upload features, ISBN-13 compatibility, digital content, a new content management system, and more.

Holiday Sales announced that participants saw a double-digit increase in orders placed during the 2006 holiday selling season and that aggregate sales are up once again.

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07 Dec Inks Deal to Offer Ebooks

The American Booksellers Association has signed an agreement with Ingram Digital Ventures that will enable bookstores participating in the program to sell ebooks in three formats -- Palm, Adobe, and Microsoft -- beginning sometime in 2007.

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21 Nov

Simple Tips for Making the Most of Your Website

"While sleigh bells will be ringing and your cash register jingling this weekend, expect traffic to your store website and online sales to peak each Monday between Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Director Len Vlahos.

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12 Sep

Transition to ISBN-13 a Key Topic at BISG Annual Meeting

On Friday, September 8, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) held its Annual Meeting of Members at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. At the meeting, six Board members and committee Chairs presented both highlights from the past 12 months and goals for the coming year. Among the topics discussed, the most notable was the book industry's transition to ISBN-13.

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16 Aug

Phase One of Move to ISBN-13 Complete

This week, Director Len Vlahos announced that the first phase of work to make websites ISBN-13 compatible has been completed. "Booksellers and consumers can now search for and find books with both 10- and 13-digit ISBNs," Vlahos said.

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09 Aug Schedules Down Time has scheduled down time on Monday, August 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EST to enable staff to push new code that will make the database compliant with the 13-digit ISBN standard, which goes into effect on January 1, 2007.

During the down time, store websites and administrative pages will be replaced by a "Down for Maintenance" holding page that directs users to return later in the day.

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22 Jun

The Regulator Is on a Roll

As suburban sprawl threatens to overcome more and more communities, independent booksellers are facing battles on many fronts, from fighting proposed chain store developments in their communities to competing with online giants. It is a market landscape that is very familiar to Tom Campbell of Durham, North Carolina's The Regulator Bookshop.

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08 Jun On the Move... recently announced several new features that improve and enhance the entire family of websites, as well as a schedule for maintenance that will result in some minor down time.

Scheduled Down Time

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27 Apr On the Move ...

With BookExpo America (BEA) about three weeks away, here is a look at a few happenings scheduled for the trade show -- as well as one housekeeping item. Users Group Meeting

As has become tradition at BEA, is holding a Users Group Meeting on the opening morning of the trade show. The session is scheduled for Friday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Room 150B at the Convention Center.

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26 Jan Announces New, Improved Search Engine

This week, announced the launch of a redesigned search engine that is expected to significantly increase the relevancy of consumers' search results. "The new search has been improved in a number of ways and will provide more consistent results in terms of speed and stability," said Director Len Vlahos.

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04 Jan On the Move recently announced its first group of new features for 2006, as well as other important news:

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06 Dec

Scam Threads Its Way Across the Country

A fraudulent order scheme, which first came to the attention of the American Booksellers Association in October through a discussion on BookWeb's Idea Exchange, continues to plague booksellers from coast-to-coast, with reports coming in from booksellers spanning from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest. The scam involves a person posing as a teacher of sewing classes who asks the bookstore to order several sewing titles for a class to be held in the area.

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22 Nov Offers Improved Search Tool

In an ongoing effort to improve and make it more bookseller and consumer friendly, its bookstore search capabilities have been consolidated and enhanced.

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