IndieCommerce

09 Aug

BookSense.com Schedules Down Time

BookSense.com has scheduled down time on Monday, August 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EST to enable staff to push new code that will make the database compliant with the 13-digit ISBN standard, which goes into effect on January 1, 2007.

During the down time, store websites and administrative pages will be replaced by a "Down for Maintenance" holding page that directs users to return later in the day.

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22 Jun

The Regulator Is on a Roll

As suburban sprawl threatens to overcome more and more communities, independent booksellers are facing battles on many fronts, from fighting proposed chain store developments in their communities to competing with online giants. It is a market landscape that is very familiar to Tom Campbell of Durham, North Carolina's The Regulator Bookshop.

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08 Jun

BookSense.com On the Move...

BookSense.com recently announced several new features that improve and enhance the entire family of BookSense.com websites, as well as a schedule for maintenance that will result in some minor down time.

Scheduled Down Time

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27 Apr

BookSense.com On the Move ...

With BookExpo America (BEA) about three weeks away, here is a look at a few BookSense.com-related happenings scheduled for the trade show -- as well as one BookSense.com housekeeping item.


BookSense.com Users Group Meeting

As has become tradition at BEA, BookSense.com is holding a BookSense.com Users Group Meeting on the opening morning of the trade show. The session is scheduled for Friday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Room 150B at the Convention Center.

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26 Jan

BookSense.com Announces New, Improved Search Engine

This week, BookSense.com announced the launch of a redesigned BookSense.com search engine that is expected to significantly increase the relevancy of consumers' search results. "The new search has been improved in a number of ways and will provide more consistent results in terms of speed and stability," said BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos.

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04 Jan

BookSense.com On the Move

BookSense.com recently announced its first group of new features for 2006, as well as other important news:

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06 Dec

Scam Threads Its Way Across the Country

A fraudulent order scheme, which first came to the attention of the American Booksellers Association in October through a discussion on BookWeb's Idea Exchange, continues to plague booksellers from coast-to-coast, with reports coming in from booksellers spanning from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest. 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.

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22 Nov

BookSense.com Offers Improved Search Tool

In an ongoing effort to improve BookSense.com and make it more bookseller and consumer friendly, its bookstore search capabilities have been consolidated and enhanced.

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09 Nov

BookSense.com On the Move...

Here is the latest news and an update on improvements to BookSense.com.

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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

BookSense.com Downtime This Weekend for Planned Improvements

BookSense.com 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, BookSense.com 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 Amazon.com from its website, www.vpr.net/, and to replace it with one to BookSense.com.

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09 Jun

BookSense.com Down This Weekend

BookSense.com's servers are being moved this Friday, June 10. Customers attempting to access BookSense.com 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 BookSense.com/American 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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