Oren TeicherAt the Keystone Resort in the Colorado Rockies (elevation: 9300 feet), PubWest – the Publishers Association of the West –held its annual conference this weekend.

In his opening keynote, Oren Teicher, CEO of American Booksellers Association, called for a closer alliance between indie publishers and the indie booksellers who make up the bulk of PubWest membership.

Independent ABA members have faced and adapted to the rapidly changing world of publishing, Teicher noted, but even in the best of times, owning and operating an independent bookstore has always been a challenge.

PubWest LogoThe good news, the ABA chief reported, is that there has been modest growth in the number of member bookstores for each of the past three years—and sales have seen significant increases over the past year.

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