09 Nov On the Move...

Here is the latest news and an update on improvements to

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20 Oct

Scam Warning

Booksellers posting to BookWeb's Idea Exchange have reported a fraudulent order scheme that appears to have been replicated in several different cities. The scam involves a person posing as a teacher of sewing classes who asks the bookstore to order several sewing titles for a class to be held in the area. The "teacher" then promises to tell students to buy the book at the store in question.

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05 Oct Downtime This Weekend for Planned Improvements technical staff will be performing planned maintenance on the site this Sunday, October 9, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight Eastern Time. For at least part of this time, and possibly all of it, stores and their customers will be unable to access store websites. Administrative pages will also be inaccessible.

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21 Jul

Booksellers Effect Change at Vermont Public Radio

A letter from Chris Morrow of Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, followed by letters from other local independent booksellers, recently convinced Vermont Public Radio (VPR) to remove a link to from its website,, and to replace it with one to

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09 Jun Down This Weekend's servers are being moved this Friday, June 10. Customers attempting to access websites during the move will see a "We're Down for Maintenance" page.

Booksellers' websites and admin pages will be inaccessible beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 10. Access is expected to be restored by midday on Saturday, June 11, but it is possible that it may take the entire weekend to deal with unforeseen events.

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09 Jun

Booksellers Spell Fun at B-E-A!

Host Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season and Wickett's Remedy.

Chapter and Breathe Spellers

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24 May

Wanted: Teams of Booksellers for the Bee at BEA

There is still time for teams of booksellers to sign up for the Heritage Dictionaries Spelling Bee at BookExpo America. The event, to be held from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, in Room 1B 02-03-04 of the Javits Center, will be hosted by acclaimed author Myla Goldberg, whose novel Bee Season (Anchor) was a Book Sense Book of the Year finalist in 2001.

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24 May to Experience Downtime in June websites will be down from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 10, through Saturday evening, June 11. Customers will be presented with a "Down for Maintenance" page during this time, when will be moving its servers to a new location. Normal service will be restored by Sunday, June 12.

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18 May Miscellany reminds booksellers that websites will be down from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 10, through Saturday evening, June 11. Customers will be presented with a "Down for Maintenance" page during this time, when the servers will be moved to a new location. Normal service will be restored by Sunday, June 12. The server move is being undertaken to facilitate maintenance and to control costs.

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20 Apr On the Move...

Here's a look at some exciting news about participating member websites:

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19 Apr

Fraudulent Orders an Ongoing Problem

Perpetrators of fraudulent order schemes are increasingly sophisticated, as evidenced by the frequency and variety of scams reported by ABA member bookstores. Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule for identifying a fraudulent order, but booksellers are being urged to err on the side of caution and to train all staff to beware of the variety of schemes.

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17 Mar On the Move ...

Here's a look at some exciting new improvements to participating member websites:

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09 Mar

The Importance of Being Affiliated

Booksellers caught up in the myriad details of running both a bricks-and-mortar and virtual bookstore may give little thought to the importance of affiliate programs, but as anyone who has spent time surfing the Web knows, affiliate links are as commonplace on websites as billboards are on highways. And just as a billboard can lead a hungry driver to a restaurant or a fatigued traveler to a motel, an affiliate link on an author's website can be very effective at driving consumers to a bookseller's site.

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09 Mar

April Good Housekeeping Features Book Sense

A special travel insert appears in the April issue of Good Housekeeping, which directs readers to find featured titles at independent bookstores with Book Sense. Also included is information about a Book Sense sweepstakes in which five contestants will win a $100 Book Sense gift card and a selection of books.

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02 Mar

Gathering Customer Input on the Picks

Booksellers in the Book Sense program are reminded that the March and April Book Sense Picks fliers will contain a short consumer survey designed to solicit important feedback regarding the Picks program.

As an incentive, consumers who complete the survey will be eligible to win all 20 titles featured in either the March or the April Picks fliers. One winner will be chose at random in both March and April, and each winner will be notified by Book Sense that he or she has won.

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