Book Sense

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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26 Jul

August Notables Fliers & Shelf-Talkers Now Available

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

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26 Jul

Award-Winning Bookstore Knows Where to Find the Answers

Former high school history teacher Robin Allen is a quick study: Within two years of opening Forever Books in 1999 in St. Joseph, Michigan, the bookstore was a finalist for the Pannell Award for Excellence in Children's Bookselling.

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26 Jul

ABA President Writes to NPR Regarding Affiliate Online Book Sales

The American Booksellers Association's members have recently expressed renewed concerns about National Public Radio's continued use of as their sole retail partner for books mentioned on the air and posted on the NPR website. ABA has been in discussion with NPR for some time in an attempt to provide NPR listeners with the option of supporting their local independent bookstore. Here is the latest response to NPR from ABA President Russ Lawrence of Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, Montana.

July 26, 2007

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24 Jul

Debut Novel Offers Compelling Look at the Cost of Revolution

The phrase "beach read" typically calls to mind a certain sort of book: usually fiction, light of subject matter, an easy read.

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12 Jul

The Vaults Are Full at Oskaloosa Bookstore

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11 Jul

The Book Sense Mind/Body/Spirit Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending July 8, 2007, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores with Book Sense nationwide.

The Book Sense Mind/Body/Spirit Bestseller List


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02 Jul

The Resilient Story of Life -- After We're Gone

"Imagine there's no countries," John Lennon dared us in a 1971 song. "It isn't hard to do."

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28 Jun

Three Important Deadlines in July

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

  • Friday, July 6, is the deadline for nominations for both the September Book Sense Picks list and the Book Sense Banned Books Top Ten list.
  • Friday, July 13, is the deadline for nominations for the Fall Children's Picks list.

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27 Jun

Last Chance to Order ABFFE's FREADOM Gift Card

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has extended the deadline for ordering its new FREADOM Book Sense gift card to July 9.

"We must go on press with the cards on July 10 in order to send them to booksellers in time for Banned Books Week," said ABFFE President Chris Finan. Banned Books Week is September 29 - October 6.

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21 Jun

July Notables Flier & Shelf-Talkers Now Available

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

Featured titles include great summer beach reads, complex and compelling nonfiction, and exciting mystery/suspense titles.

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18 Jun

What Makes Your Town's Main Street Special?

A reminder that the Scholastic Main Street Contest, celebrating the publication of Ann M. Martin's new Main Street series, is now underway. Materials are still available, and all young readers from the ages of 6 to 12 are encouraged to enter.

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14 Jun

Define-a-Thon: An Easy, Fun Bookstore Event

BookExpo America attendees had the opportunity to determine who among them had the superior accretion of vocabulary knowledge during the first Heritage "Define-a-Thon" on Saturday afternoon, June 2, in the Book Sense Lounge.

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14 Jun

June Red Box Includes Harry Potter Decals

Booksellers planning special events for the July 21 release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows should be on the lookout for a quantity of exclusive "Independent Muggles for Harry Potter" decals in the June Red Box mailing. The decals are being provided by Scholastic to serve as giveaways at in-store events. 

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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