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Kobo, American Booksellers Association launch ‘eRead Local’ promotion to boost bookstore e-book sales
May 27, 2015 | 4:12 pm

Kobo is launching a new program in conjunction with the American Booksellers Association to promote the sale of e-books in independent bookstores, reports Publishers Weekly. “eRead Local” will run for 100 days, and provide $5 to participating ABA members for each new customer they deliver, as well as give those customers $5 off their first Kobo e-book order. (ABA members also get commissions on e-books their customers order.) ABA members who manage to deliver 50 or 100 members will enter drawings for free Kobo e-readers for in-store use or an in-store event with a yet-to-be-named bestselling author. Publishers Weekly...

Amazon/Hachette: Colbert, the ABA, Amazon’s reputation, and Hachette layoffs
June 6, 2014 | 6:07 pm

thanksamazonMore Amazon/Hachette news bites: Stephen Colbert has apparently been taken in by the Hachette hype; he did a couple of segments on his show lambasting Amazon for making it harder for people to buy his books, including an interview with author Sherman Alexie. J.A. Konrath was not amused, firing back with a post intended to be humorous but that really just came off as ranty. (It’s a lot harder to be funny when you can’t mug for the camera.) Of course, it’s worth noting that Colbert’s persona on his show is a put-on, a strawman send-up of...

Robinson-Patman, Amazon, the publishers, and the ABA: Where’s the lawsuit? (Updated)
June 3, 2014 | 3:16 pm

Two different op-eds have popped up on CNN and Al Jazeera suggesting that Amazon, big bully that it is in the Hachette negotiation, needs to be taken down a peg under the Robinson-Patman Act. (If you didn’t hear a raspy voice say “I’m Patman” when I mentioned the name of that law, I’m pretty sure you did just now.) Robinson-Patman is an anti-predatory-pricing regulation that’s on the books dating back to the ‘30s, intended to prevent businesses from charging different prices in different towns to undercut local competition, or from using their size to bully suppliers into giving...

ABA CEO writes open to letter Jeff Bezos — again
September 9, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Amazon is looking to take its fight against New York state sales tax to the U.S. Supreme Court; as reported by The Seattle Times last week, the company has retained the services of prominent lawyer Theodore Olson. Lower courts have ruled that Amazon would have to pay a sales tax similar to what brick-and-mortar stores pay now. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that states could only collect taxes from retailers that had a physical presence in the state. But New York State argued that Amazon’s referral program, Amazon Associates, gives the company a presence in New York. The state won. Interestingly, Amazon backs...

Independent bookstories see growth, not dying yet
August 12, 2013 | 7:53 am

[caption id="attachment_93907" align="aligncenter" width="674"] McIntyre Books in Pittsboro, N.C.[/caption] Death stories? Perhaps exaggerated. CNBC posted a story last week on independent bookshops. This didn’t spell out the doom and gloom we have come to expect, but rather painted a sunnier picture of indie bookstores. The article describes the challenges owners had to face and how many of them met the problems, even when Barnes & Nobles opened a few doors down. "Sales from independent bookstores in 2012 were up eight percent over 2011," said Dan Cullen a spokesman for the American Booksellers Association, a nonprofit trade group of independent bookstores. "We've got people opening...

ABA CEO bashes Amazon in open letter
August 9, 2013 | 7:15 pm

[caption id="attachment_93841" align="alignright" width="220"] Oren Teicher[/caption] The CEO of the American Booksellers Association posted an open letter on the current events in the bookselling world. Oren Teicher briefly touches upon J.K. Rowling news and Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post. However, the bulk of the letter was an angry rant toward Amazon. Here’s the crux of the argument: You and your bookselling colleagues know the real narrative of the Amazon story, but it’s important that we keep in mind the viewpoint and experience of our customers. Amazon’s public message of low prices and wide selection are, regrettably, the only story that many consumers know. You...

Morning Links: Amazon promises faster royalty payments
March 19, 2013 | 8:55 am

Morning LinksNearly One-Third of US Adults Have Abandoned a News Outlet Due to Dissatisfaction (Poynter) Wiley Launches Digital Classroom, Video and eBook Learning Site (Digital Book World) ABA Announces Celebrate with Indies Program (Good e-Reader) Amazon Publishing Promises Authors Faster Royalty Payments (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra (and 3 others)...

Starting this Friday, save $20 on the Kobo Mini e-reader
January 21, 2013 | 10:30 am

Our friends over at Good E-Reader alerted us this morning to a Valentine's  Day promotion that's being planned by the good folks at Kobo: Starting this Friday, January 25, and running all the way through Valentine's Day (Thursday, February 14), the fantastic and too-small-to-be-believed Kobo Mini e-reader will be available for just $59.99—that's a full $20 off the Mini's regular retail price. According to Good E-Reader, "Patrons will ... also get a free [SnapBack] case in the color of their choice." Where can you take advantage of the deal? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if it'll be offered online, although I'm not...

PRESS RELEASE: Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces
August 29, 2012 | 1:55 pm

From PaidContent: Toronto-based ebook retailer Kobo has signed a deal with the American Booksellers Association to let independent bookstores sell its ebooks through their websites, replacing the ABA’s deal with Google, which was set to end in January. Editor's note: The following is a press release that was distributed today by the American Booksellers Association. KOBO AND INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND EREADING ACROSS THE U.S. Kobo Technology Powers eBooks and eReaders for Local Bookstores NEW YORK - August 29, 2012 - Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a...

Update from ABA CEO on progress towards an e-book solution
June 22, 2012 | 9:43 am

ABA logo 8 From the American Bookseller's Association website: Following the busy days of BookExpo America, I wanted to give you a brief update on a very important issue: ABA’s implementation of a new e-book solution for indie booksellers.  As I noted in my report at the Annual Membership Meeting at BEA, the American Booksellers Association completely understands the importance of your ability to continue to offer your customers a convenient and competitive way to purchase e-books. Quite simply, you have our assurance that well in advance of Google’s January 2013 termination of their reseller program there will be a new e-book solution in place for ABA...

American Booksellers Association CEO asks DoJ to punish collusion but allow agency pricing
June 16, 2012 | 1:37 am

American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher has posted the text of his letter to the Justice Department commenting on the proposed antitrust settlement with the three Agency Five publishers who agreed to settle. As with the recent Barnes & Noble filing, Teicher concentrates on the harm that such a settlement would allow Amazon to do to its competition—in this case the independent bookstores that make up the ABA. Teicher points out that agency pricing is the only thing that allowed independent bookstores selling e-books through the ABA’s IndieCommerce subsidiary (currently using Google Books’s reseller program, but changing to another...

American Booksellers Association launches IndieBound Reader for Android
December 2, 2011 | 8:53 am

Ibreader logo IndieBound Reader is an ereader application to which will read ebooks purchased a local, independent bookstores.  The current application is for Android, but an iPhone and iOS application is in developement. Independent bookstores participating in the program will partner with Google to sell Google eBooks.  The ebooks are sold directly through the independant bookstore websites.  The ABA has a complete lising of these bookstores here. For more info you can check out the IndieBound site here.  ...

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