Specialty Bookselling

19 Feb

New Marketing Initiative Features Titles for Women 'At the Center of Life'

Ingram Book Group has collaborated with OurSelves, a new newsletter and Web site (www.ourselves.com) aimed at women between the ages of 45 and 65, to develop a merchandising program to reach women baby boomers, a demographic group of significant book buyers.

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13 Feb

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Christianity

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

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06 Feb

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the expanded electronic reporting options including BookScan, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, here is the latest subject category list.

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05 Feb

Investing in Herself and a New Bookstore

Coleen Harty of Madison, Wisconsin, has spent years perusing the vast category of personal growth books and tapes. Beginning March 1, she will be putting her knowledge into practice and helping others navigate the self-help arena in her own bookstore, Invest in Yourself. Harty, a long-time employee of the Middletown, Wisconsin-based Pleasant Company, founder of the American Girl dynasty, is opening the 1,500-square-foot store, also in Middletown.

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05 Feb

Bluestockings to Close at the End of February Unless Buyer Found

Another well-known New York City independent bookstore is looking for a last-minute reprieve. Just two weeks after announcing that her store was up for sale, Bluestockings Women's Bookstore owner Kathryn Welsh told BTW that the store would close at the end of February unless a buyer materializes before then. The news comes less than a week after Deacon Maccubbin announced he had purchased the landmark gay and lesbian bookstore Oscar Wilde Bookshop, just prior to the store's scheduled closing.

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04 Feb

Lambda Owner Takes Over NYC's Oscar Wilde Bookshop

Sometimes there's more to an investment than just profits. That was certainly the case when Deacon Maccubbin, owner of Lambda Rising, decided to take over operations of the New York City independent Oscar Wilde Bookshop.

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23 Jan

First Category 76 Top Ten of the New Year Announced

Dear Booksellers,

As always, thank you for all the great recommendations. A few very deserving mysteries you e-mailed me about are due in March, so we may have enough for another mystery 76 top ten.

And look for more category 76s soon; go to http://www.bookweb.org/read/2330 for a schedule and nomination deadlines. Thanks again!

Carl
carl@booksense.com

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12 Dec

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Biography and Memoir

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

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21 Nov

Bestselling Kids' Fiction in Paperback (Not in a Series) Last Week

First off, this is no knock on Harry, Mary, Junie B., Judy B., Lyra, or our friends at Redwall. Ellen Mager at Booktenders Children's Bookstore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, asked for a list of individual best-selling paperback fiction not in a series.

The result is a nice mix of favorites and classics, with recent releases. I'm sure you know all these, but you might spot an old favorite that deserves new attention, or a new book you may not have read yet. (Sorry I can't separate by age groups, but you know 'em.)

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06 Nov

Nominations for Outstanding Children's Booksellers Wanted

The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) has announced its annual call for nominations of outstanding U.S. booksellers in the field of children's literature. From the nominations, two bookstores -- one general bookstore and one specialty children's store -- will be selected as winners of the Lucile Micheels Pannell Award to be presented at BookExpo America 2003.

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06 Nov

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Business and Finance

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the latest of many subject category lists to run in BTW each week.

These are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what’s selling, and lists that the media can run.

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30 Oct

Winter 2002-2003 Children's Book Sense 76 Preview

The fliers are on press now; 100's will go out in the November white box, and additional quantities, as in the past, will mail from the printer.

Thank you for the great recommendations!!

Carl
carl@booksense.com

1. A HOUSE CALLED AWFUL END: Book One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, by Philip Ardagh; illus. by David Roberts (Holt, $14.95, 0805068287) Ages 9-12.

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30 Oct

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse -- Serving the South's Gay and Lesbian Community Books, Coffee, and More

The decade-old Outwrite Bookstore moved from a small space in a midtown shopping center to an old disco in the center of a gentrified, historically gay and lesbian neighborhood in Atlanta. The store doubled its size, to 3,000-square-feet, and created a vibrant place to gather, drink coffee, and buy books and gifts -- from morning until late at night.

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24 Oct

Winter 2002-2003 Children's Book Sense 76 Top Ten Picks

Here's the first of the Winter Kids' 76, intended for use from December and into the new year. (The next Kids' 76 won't be until late spring 2003.) This is the result of great recommendations, as always, but the Top Ten was child's play to figure out, if you will!

This 76 will be in the November white box mailing, if we can get it off to, and back from, the printer in time. Stay tuned.

Full 76 to run here next week.

Carl
carl@booksense.com

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