Book Sense

29 Aug

September Notables Fliers & Shelf-Talkers

The September 2007 Book Sense Notables flier is now available in a downloadable PDF on BookWeb.org. The flier includes jacket images, bibliographic information, and bookseller quotes.

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29 Aug

Bestseller Reporting Deadline Remains Unchanged

Booksellers should report their sales for next week's Book Sense Bestseller List as they usually do; there will be no extension of the deadline for the Labor Day holiday.

The Book Sense Bestseller Lists will be e-mailed on Tuesday, September 4, and the printable PDF will be posted on ABA's trade website, BookWeb.org, on Wednesday afternoon.

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29 Aug

The Book Sense Three-Part Illustration Bestseller List

For sales in independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide during the eight-week period ending August 28, 2007.

Anime/Manga

1.

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23 Aug

BookSense.com Upgrade to Result in Sporadic Interruptions

On Tuesday, August 28, BookSense.com websites will experience a few hours of sporadic connectivity. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, BookSense.com staff will be working to upgrade hardware switches that enable network connectivity.

During this time, connection to BookSense.com, templated sites, e-mail, and all other services will be sporadic.

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22 Aug

Strong Staff, Proactive Marketing Lead to a Happy 2nd Anniversary for Woodstock Bookstore

Read Between the Lynes, a general bookstore in the charming town of Woodstock, Illinois, quietly celebrated its second anniversary in July. Arlene Lynes, who opened the 1,700-square-foot store on the town square in July 2005, explained that there were several reasons for the store's low-key anniversary.

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22 Aug

The Book Sense Travel Literature Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending August 21, 2007, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

1.

1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, Workman, $19.95, 9780761136910

2.

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15 Aug

Authors, Philosophers, Leaders, and Plain Folk Pen This I Believe

In 1951, journalist Edward R. Murrow debuted his This I Believe series on CBS Radio.

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08 Aug

Popular Reading Group List Needs Nominations Now

This Friday, August 10, is the deadline for:

  • the Fall Reading Group Book Sense Picks list, and
  • the Halloween Top Ten List.

Since its debut four years ago at the suggestion of booksellers, the Book Sense Reading Group list has been an enormous success with book-buying consumers. The Fall Reading Group List is a new addition to the yearly Picks roster.

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08 Aug

Fact & Fiction: An Integral Part of Life in Missoula

Since 1986, Fact & Fiction in Missoula, Montana, and its owner, Barbara Theroux, have been fixtures in the city's cultural and literary life.

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02 Aug

The September 2007 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of September 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 September Picks fliers in the August Red Box.

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01 Aug

OLIVIA Book Sense Gift Cards Available Next Week

A new gift card featuring Ian Falconer's OLIVIA will be available to stores participating in the Book Sense Gift Card Program via the reorder website, booksenseorders.givex.com, beginning Wednesday, August 8, at noon EDT. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, the card's sponsor, is covering the cost of the card (22 cents), the transaction fee (50 cents), and the presenter (8 cents). Booksellers are encouraged to act quickly as supplies are limited, and orders will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

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01 Aug

Reading Group, Halloween & October Nominations Needed

Booksellers have three opportunities in August to nominate titles for Book Sense Picks lists:

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01 Aug

Prairie Lights: Exceptional Author Venue Approaches 30

In May 2008, Iowa's Prairie Lights Bookstore will be celebrating 30 years of bookselling. "In the beginning, we were running on energy and love and no knowledge," said owner Jim Harris. "Prairie Lights, as with other stores -- Hungry Mind, Tattered Cover, and Powell's -- were all growing at about the same time. We were running on adrenaline, and it was lots of fun."

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01 Aug

The Book Sense Gardening & Nature Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending July 31, 2007, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

1.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara and Camille Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, HarperCollins, $26.95, 9780060852559

2.

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01 Aug

Campaigning for International Literacy

One Shared World, a campaign to raise awareness of global poverty and generate dialogue about solutions, is reaching out to booksellers in the Book Sense marketing program.

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