Book Sense

06 Feb

Book Sense Gift Cards Prize for Spiderwick Sweepstakes

In conjunction with the February 14 release of the film The Spiderwick Chronicles, the Cartoon Network, Inc. (CN) and Paramount Pictures Corporation are partnering to sponsor a Spiderwick Chronicles Sweepstakes. Book Sense will be a retail partner of the promotion and will provide 50 $15 Book Sense gift cards as part of the sweepstakes prizes, and Simon & Schuster will be contributing prizes as well.

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06 Feb

Are You Receiving the Weekly Bestseller Lists?

Booksellers should note that the Book Sense National Bestseller and Regional Bestseller Lists, sent out weekly via e-mail, now come from ABA's Pete Reynolds, who works with Meg Smith, ABA Chief Marketing Officer.

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30 Jan

The Book Sense Travel Guide Books Bestseller List

Based on sales in independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 29, 2008.

1.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, Workman, $19.95, 9780761104841

2.

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24 Jan

New Owner at The Fountain Bookstore

After managing the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia, for eight years, Kelly Justice is now its new owner. The plan that had been "batted around" for the past year and a half was finalized with former owners Louise "Boo" Smythe and Jim Smythe in the first week of January.

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10 Jan

The Polls Are Open: Balloting Begins for 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards

Voting for the 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards is now open to the owners and staff of all American Booksellers Association member bookstores. The awards honor independent booksellers' handselling favorites in the categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Children's Literature, and Children's Illustrated.

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10 Jan

New Hampshire Bookstore 'Third Place' in Primary Race

The presidential primary votes have been tallied and the winners declared, and now life returns to normal in the Granite State. But in the weeks and months leading up to this week's much-watched primary vote, MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, New Hampshire, played host to events for several of the Democratic hopefuls, and had some, including Sen. Hillary Clinton, visit the store. Since MainStreet opened in 1998, it has been through three presidential campaign cycles.

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09 Jan

The Book Sense Mind Body Spirit Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending January 8, 2008, and based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide.

1.

The Secret
Rhonda Byrne (Ed.), Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95, 9781582701707

2.

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03 Jan

The February 2008 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of February 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 February Picks fliers in the January Red Box.

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02 Jan

Children's & Adult Titles Needed for Upcoming Picks Lists

There will be two opportunities for independent booksellers to help create Book Sense Picks lists in January:

  • Friday, January 4, is the deadline for nominations for the March Book Sense Picks list.
  • Friday, January 11, is the deadline for nominations for the Spring Children's Picks list.

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20 Dec

Bestseller Reporting Extended for the Holidays

Although Bookselling This Week will be on hiatus next week, Book Sense will be producing a weekly Bestseller List, reflecting sales during the all-important week leading up to Christmas. To enable the maximum number of booksellers to submit their sales data, bestseller reporting hours will be extended to 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 26, for Nielsen BookScan users reporting directly from their POS system and till 3:00 a.m.

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19 Dec

Did You Miss the Year-End Bestsellers?

For booksellers looking for a way to highlight the top-selling titles of 2007 at Book Sense stores nationwide, last week the American Booksellers Association unveiled the 2007 Book Sense Bestsellers.

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19 Dec

Book Crossing: Small Town, Big Service

For years, Sherri White had her eye on an early 1900s-era, brick building in Brunswick, Maryland. Her dream, if the space ever became available, was to open a bookstore. When the location was listed for lease in June 2004, White worked fast: She secured the space, remodeled, and opened Book Crossing, a general bookstore and café, just three months later.

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18 Dec

The Book Sense Holiday Cookbook Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending December 17, 2007, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores across the U.S.

1.

Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life
Paula H. Deen, S&S, $26, 9780743278119

2.

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13 Dec

Announcing the Book Sense Bestsellers of 2007

This week, the American Booksellers Association unveils the 2007 Book Sense Bestsellers, the year's top-selling titles at independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

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13 Dec

Hotel ABA Now More Than 75 Percent Booked

Just four weeks since the American Booksellers Association announced the opening of reservations for Hotel ABA at BookExpo America 2008 in Los Angeles, more than 75 percent of the available rooms have been reserved. The hotel, The Renaissance Hollywood, offers a special room rate of $164 per night exclusively for ABA bookstore and provisional members, as well as a package of other benefits.

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