Bookseller News

Downtown Knoxville has another reason to celebrate, as the Grand Opening of UNION AVE BOOKS is slated for June 18, 2011. This new Independent Bookstore specializes in new and used books, plus decorative arts and gifts, and looks to be a gathering place for downtown shoppers and dwellers and the business community, as well as the faithful of the former Carpe Librum Bookstore which closed at the end of 2010.

The bookstore, located at 517 Union Avenue in Knoxville will carry a diverse inventory of local and regional titles, as well as fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and feature a special Kids' Corner. In addition, UNION AVE BOOKS will host book signings, special holiday events, and Saturday activities for children. The store will also be available to Knoxville's numerous book clubs for meetings and after-hours events.

"Downtown Knoxville has exploded in the best possible way over the last few years," said Melinda Meador, one of the new owners and an attorney at the downtown law firm Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C.  "We want to be a part of this exciting time for our city, and selling books - especially given Knoxville's rich literary tradition - is a great way to do it."

Meador has teamed with former Carpe Librum owner Flossie McNabb, who brings to UNION AVE BOOKS an unparalleled expertise in bookselling. McNabb said the new store is a "fresh start" for her and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, who will be the store's business manager.  Rounding out this collaborative family business is Meador's son, Jake Knanishu, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who will serve as content and marketing consultant as well as bookseller during holiday seasons. "We want to be a home away from home for booklovers," said McNabb.

Nashville, Tenn. – Saralee Terry Woods, President of BookManBookWoman – Nashville’s Bookstore announced that BookManBookWoman has expanded their in store books to include new books and new bestsellers. “We are happy to provide all new books and bestsellers at 20 percent off their cover price,” said Woods.  “Many of the new books offered are current best sellers or popular selections of area bookclubs.  We strongly believe that our model of selling 15 to 20 percent new books and the rest gently used books is the way that bricks and mortar bookstores survive and can be successful,” Woods added.

“Our customers have asked us to step up and provide Middle Tennessee with new books, bestsellers and unusual books and so far the experience has been very positive,”  Woods went on to add “BookManBookWoman received multiple copies of the brand new trade paperback from the publisher of the best seller Mr. Peanut the day it went on sale.  We know how popular Adam Ross is and I could not even get Mr. Peanut out of the box before customers started buying them.  It is exciting to provide immediate gratification for lovers of the written word.  Our customers and extensive research have helped BookManBookWoman make wise choices when it comes to selecting new titles and bestsellers.”

For more information, call BookManBookWoman at 615.383.6555 or Saralee Woods at 615.594.3145, visit the bookstore in Historic Hillsboro Village or visit the website at .

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, APRIL 20  2011:  Book Swap of New Tampa, an independent and locally owned used bookstore, will be open for business on May 2, 2011.  The Book Swap of New Tampa will carry used books and audiobooks at a reduced price and will accept books for store credit.  The store’s credit policy can be found on their website

Book Swap of New Tampa will be located in the Shoppes of New Tampa at 1946 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL (across from Wiregrass Mall).  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday, and the phone number is 813-929-7490.

For more information contact Cynthia Floyd at 813-963-6979, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opening or Buying a Bookstore?

The training and education you need to prepare for owning and operating your new business is one of the most critical investments you can make. 

Plan to attend the next intensive workshop retreat – Opening A Bookstore: The Business Essentials – March 15-19 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, FL).  The week will include key topics from start-up costs and strategies for making a profit to choosing a computerized management system and selecting your opening inventory.  With rave reviews from hundreds of graduates over the years, this program offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the book industry and will give you the strategies and contacts to help you launch a successful independent bookstore.

Avoid the all-too-common misconception that a small bookstore can’t be that hard to start and operate. It’s a complex business regardless of size. Take time to train for your new career so you can launch a successful bookstore that is a sustainable business, one that will contribute to your local community for years to come. 

The workshop, offered in spring and fall each year, is facilitated by Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman of the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates and is co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. For details, visit

ABA President Gayle Shanks today e-mailed bookstore members the news that the Board has offered the position of association CEO to Oren J. Teicher, ABA's current COO. The decision follows current CEO Avin Mark Domnitz's decision to step down. Teicher's appointment is effective June 1, 2009. Shanks' entire communication to ABA members is below.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that after a full and thorough search the ABA Board of Directors has offered the position of our new CEO to Oren J. Teicher. We are delighted that Oren has accepted this appointment, effective June 1, 2009. As many of you know, Oren has been involved with ABA and independent bookstores for more than 20 years. At ABA, he has worn many hats. He was our Associate Executive Director, Director of Government Affairs, founding President of ABFFE, and, for the past 12 years, has been our Chief Operating Officer. Oren's knowledge of, and passion for, independent bookselling is well known to booksellers across the country. He has played an integral part in our IndieBound Local First initiatives, and he serves as an advisor to independent business alliance boards and other independent retail trade associations.

The Search Committee consisted of myself; Steve Bercu (BookPeople, Austin, TX); Betsy Burton (The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT); Linda Ramsdell (The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT); Michael Tucker (Books Inc., San Francisco, CA); and Lilla Weinberger (Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA); together with ABA's General Counsel, Deanne Ottaviano of Arent Fox LLP. We interviewed multiple candidates after reviewing hundreds of resumes. Though several of the other applicants were very highly qualified, the committee unanimously recommended Oren to the full Board as the right person for the job. His encyclopedic knowledge of everything associated with ABA's past and current programs, coupled with his thoughtful and insightful analysis of how ABA can meet our future challenges, combined to make him our clear choice.

As everyone knows, Oren will be succeeding Avin Mark Domnitz, our esteemed current CEO, who announced this past January that he will be retiring. Avin has served ABA and independent bookselling with extraordinary distinction. I am pleased to report that at BookExpo America this year we will be gathering together to celebrate Avin's many contributions to our industry. Plan on joining the entire book community on Thursday evening, May 28, at 9:00 p.m. at "Hotel ABA" (aka the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge) as we salute Avin and all he has accomplished. Additional details about this celebration will be forthcoming in BTW, but, please, do put it on your calendar right away.

As I wrote back in January in my letter announcing Avin's decision to retire, we are very proud of the fact that under his leadership, ABA has become an organization that is open and responsive to its members. We have come a long way in breaking down barriers to communication while encouraging interaction on all levels among booksellers, publishers, wholesalers, the ABA Board, association staff, and the book-loving world. The Board and Oren are totally committed to continuing and maintaining that kind of organization.

During these extremely difficult economic times, the enormous challenges facing ABA and independent booksellers cannot be overestimated. I am convinced, however, that the association's brilliant and dedicated staff under Oren's knowledgeable and enthusiastic leadership -- along with the remarkable resiliency and entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes ABA members -- will help us through this period and that independent bookselling will not just survive, but will once again thrive!

As recommended several years ago by our Governance Review Committee, details surrounding the new CEO contract will be made available to the membership after they are finalized. The Board wants to assure the membership that the terms of the new CEO's contract will fit well within the norm for trade associations of our size. The hiring of a new CEO is an appropriate time to conduct a review of all of the association's programs and expenses, and the Board has requested that Oren undertake that effort. To that end, I know that he will welcome your ideas and thoughts, so please feel free to contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I want to express my warmest thanks to the members of the Search Committee for the honesty, integrity, and intensity put forth during these past months and for their gracious willingness to put their personal needs aside for the common good of ABA and the bookselling community. The membership should have full confidence in the search process -- it was conducted thoughtfully and fairly.

I know that all booksellers, along with our book industry colleagues, will want to join the Board in congratulating Oren on becoming ABA's new CEO and to wish him well in his new position! These are challenging times, but by working together we will continue to create the literary landscape in this country, build our local economies, and bring books to readers.

Warm regards,

Gayle Shanks
ABA President
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