07 Jul

Malaprop's Finds Sweet Spot With Twitter

After SIBA's Southern Social Networking Summit, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe set up a Twitter account. Manager Linda Barrett Knopp said it's one of the store's best moves.

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30 Jun

GetGlue Users Check In With IndieBound

The GetGlue iPhone app offers readers a new way to connect with the Indie Next List.

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11 Mar

Going Back to the Real World!

Who doesn't like free? IndieBound is launching the first annual celebration of e-Free Day on Saturday, April 17. A unique promotional idea for bookstores, e-Free Day encourages customers to take a vacation from e-mails, status updates, tweets, chirps, and pings. The new marketing campaign casts indie bookstores as the ideal antidote to consumers' digital overload.

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27 Feb

Northshire & Powell's Offer Free Random House Download

From 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, until midnight on Friday, February 29, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, and Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, are offering customers free downloads of Random House's Beautiful Children by Charles Bock via their websites and, respectively.

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29 Jan

NRF Expo Offers Peek at Store of the Future & Retail Horizons Study

Hot topics at this month's National Retail Federation Convention & Expo included consumer advocacy, customer satisfaction and loyalty, and the role technology will play in the store of the future. Last week, BTW looked at "Harness the Chaos in Today's Connected World," a session featuring author Daniel Pink (A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Riverhead) and Fred Balboni of IBM Global Business Services Store of the Future.

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23 Jan

Consumer Advocacy & Loyalty the Big Buzz at NRF's Big Show

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20 Sep

Weekly Feature Looks at Books in the Media

Every week, Bookselling This Week's Media Guide provides timely information about books and author appearances featured in print publications and on TV and radio programs, as well as news about regional and national book-related events. This information is a helpful tool for booksellers planning orders and displays, and may come in handy when trying to track down titles sought by customers who saw or heard something in the media, but are lacking a title.

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24 Nov

Tips for Forum Users … and a Change

In early November, ABA launched new and improved forum software on the Idea Exchange, providing all ABA bookstore members a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and share thoughts with fellow booksellers or with the ABA Board and staff.

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10 Nov

New Forums May Be the Answer to Your Questions

ABA is encouraging booksellers to check out the new forum software on the Idea Exchange section of Launched just last week, the new Idea Exchange was developed in response to booksellers' requests for more user-friendly forums, which provide flexibility and where booksellers can prioritize and search for topics of interest.

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04 Nov

New, Improved Idea Exchange Launches on

The virtual community of independent booksellers received a boost on Thursday, November 4, with ABA's launch of new forum software on the Idea Exchange section of The new, improved forum software was developed in response to booksellers' requests for more user-friendly forums, which provide flexibility and where booksellers can prioritize and search for topics of interest. Access to the forums is open to all ABA bookstore and provisional members and provides them with a valuable professional development tool.

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31 Aug

ABA's Web Presence a Work in Progress

This past weekend, ABA completed software programming to integrate its new association membership database with the and Book Buyer's Handbook Web sites. These changes have created the need for members to re-enter their user names and passwords to gain access to members-only sections of the sites.

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31 Aug

Letter to the Editor

Russ Lawrence

During my time on ABA's Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC), one of the priorities that arose was providing opportunities for booksellers to get together and share ideas.

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26 Aug

Booksellers Seek an Exchange of Ideas

Traffic on ABA's four online booksellers' forums on has always had its ups and downs, but as we slip into the final weeks of summer, it has dropped off significantly, and this is distressing to some ABA member booksellers who view the forums as a vital tool for the exchange of ideas.

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21 Apr On the Move…

Here, Director Len Vlahos provides an update on the latest improvements and enhancements to

Greetings Bookseller! There is a lot of news in this edition of On the Move:

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01 Apr

Publishers Weekly Introduces Online On-Sale Calendar

Publishers Weekly recently launched an On-Sale Calendar, providing a seasonal overview of the biggest adult hardcover titles and their on-sale dates, on its Web site, The calendar, which is available to Publishers Weekly subscribers only, will feature reviews and publisher and author information, as well as Web site links.

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