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    Contact:
    Meg Zelickson Smith
    American Booksellers Association
    (914) 591-2665 x6641
     

    BookSense.com Offers Benefits of Digitization
    for Independent Bookstores’ Websites

    Consumers Can Now Browse Sample Pages for Random House, Inc. and HarperCollins Titles

    (Tarrytown, NY. March 1, 2007) The American Booksellers Association announced today that BookSense.com, the Association’s turn-key e-commerce product for member bookstores, has launched functionality to allow consumers to view book content from two leading publishers. Content from HarperCollins’ “Browse Inside” program, and content from Random House, Inc’s “Insight” program, is available to consumers via the “Browse Sample Pages” link now found on BookSense.com websites. By clicking the link, consumers can browse the first few pages of titles from both publishers, and, with Random House titles, consumers can also search inside the book for keywords.

    By offering sample book material for more than 7,500 Random House, Inc. and HarperCollins new and backlist titles, independent booksellers have the opportunity to significantly grow on and offline sales for those titles.

    “We believe strongly that this kind of added content will help consumers make better informed buying decisions,” said Len Vlahos, ABA’s Director of Booksense.com. “We’re very pleased that our partners at both HarperCollins and Random House reached out to the independent bookstores to be early adopters of the technology.”

    BookSense.com began in 2000 as a feature-rich web option for independent bookstores. Its tools allows ABA members to create customized websites accessing Ingram’s three million title iPage database, a state-of-the-art keyword search, professional commerce tools, and flexible fulfillment methods, including an “on our shelves now” feature. 

    About American Booksellers Association
    Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association (www.BookWeb.org) is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members—independently owned bookstores with storefront locations—through education, information dissemination, business products and services, and advocacy. ABA exists to protect and promote the interests of retail book businesses, as well as to protect the First Amendment rights of every American, and actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. A board of nine booksellers, representing thousands of members, governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York.

    About Random House, Inc.
    Random House, Inc., the world’s largest English-language trade book publisher, issues many of the foremost and most popular fiction and nonfiction authors in hardcover, trade and mass market paperback, audio, electronic, digital, and other formats. Random House, Inc. (www.randomhouse.com) is the U.S. division of Random House, the book division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media companies. Books published by Random House, Inc. have won the most major awards of any publishing company, including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Newbery Medal. Among the dozens of Random House, Inc. publishing divisions and imprints in the U.S. are the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, the Crown Publishing Group, the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, the Knopf Publishing Group, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Random House Children’s Books, the Random House Publishing Group, and the Random House Audio Publishing Group. Random House’s publishing companies in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India,  Japan, and Korea are publishing leaders in their territories.
     

    About HarperCollins
    HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation. Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children's Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world's foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.
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