Book Sense

29 Apr

A Bookstore Oasis in Venice Beach

"It's an oasis in a rather frenzied beach environment," said Small World Books' Mary Goodfader of her Venice Beach, California, bookstore. In 1976, she and her husband, Bob Goodfader, bought a historic building where they relocated Small World Books and opened a restaurant, The Sidewalk Cafe. "So, we are lucky," she said.

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24 Apr

Announcing the Spring - Summer Reading Group Picks

Stores with Book Sense will be receiving the Spring - Summer 2008 Book Sense Reading Group Picks list in the May Red Box mailing; however, the full list, with bookseller quotes, can be previewed online now.

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24 Apr

Books, Coffee & the Great Outdoors

Arches Book Company is part of a Moab, Utah, bookstore triumvirate co-owned by Andy Nettell, a former National Park Service Ranger. The two other bookstores are nearby -- Back of Beyond Books is across the street, and ABC & Beyond Used Books is a couple of blocks south -- creating a mini southwestern Hay-on-Wye in downtown Moab.

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23 Apr

Doing the ABA Author Lunch?

Booksellers at stores with Book Sense who would like to attend this year's ABA Author Luncheon at BookExpo America must make reservations via an electronic form on BookWeb.org. The event, on Friday, May 30, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is free and open exclusively to the owners and staff at stores with Book Sense.

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16 Apr

The Finance & Personal Investing Bestseller List

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 15, 2008.

1.

Women & Money
Suze Orman, Spiegel & Grau, $24.95, 9780385519311

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10 Apr

Summer Kids' & Paper Picks Deadline Friday

There are two very important Book Sense Picks deadlines on Friday, April 11:

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03 Apr

The May 2008 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of May Book Sense Picks, with booksellers' comments, as well as a preview of the month's Notables. Independent booksellers in the Book Sense program will be receiving their May Picks fliers in the April Red Box.

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02 Apr

The Comics & Graphic Novels Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending April 1, 2008, and based on sales at independent bookstores throughout the U.S.

1.

Black Hole
Charles Burns, Pantheon, $17.95, 9780375714726

2.

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02 Apr

Corrections

The on-sale date for the April Notable title The Only 127 Things You Need: A Guide to Life's Essentials -- According to the Experts by Donna Wilkinson (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin) has been moved to May 15.

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27 Mar

April Notables Fliers & Shelf-Talkers Available, Picks Deadlines Abound

The April 2008 Book Sense Notables flier is now available in a downloadable PDF on BookWeb.org. The flier includes jacket images, bibliographic information, and bookseller quotes. In addition, all 20 Notables titles are also featured in an electronic file of shelf-talkers for in-store use.

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27 Mar

Dr. Seuss Characters Now on Free, Limited Edition Gift Cards

Stores participating in the Book Sense Gift Card Program can request two new card designs sponsored by Random House Children's Books and Listening Library. The free, limited edition gift cards, which are ready to ship to eligible booksellers, feature artwork from the Dr. Seuss classics Horton Hears a Who! and Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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26 Mar

Staying BookSmart

Brad Jones and spouse, Cinda Meister, left longtime careers in the restaurant business for bookselling. "We thought that after 25 years in the restaurant business we'd do something we thought was exciting and still in the field of enjoyment," said Jones. "We had retail but not bookselling experience.

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26 Mar

The Mystery Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending March 25, 2008, and based on sales at independent bookstores throughout the U.S.

1.

7th Heaven
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316017701

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18 Mar

Bestsellers Bookstore & Coffee Co. Thrives on Courthouse Square

Eleven years ago, Jamie Robinson, a third-generation retailer, and her husband, Scott, an experienced retailer himself, launched the 800-square-foot Bestsellers Bookstore & Coffee Co. in Mason, Michigan. Since then, the business has more than tripled in size, with further expansions in the works.

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13 Mar

The 2008 Book Sense Poetry Top Ten Now Available

This week, Book Sense releases the 2008 Poetry Top Ten. The list is compiled from titles nominated by independent booksellers nationwide, and is available as full-color, downloadable PDF file at BookWeb.org.

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