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24 May

BookSense.com to Experience Downtime in June

BookSense.com 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 BookSense.com will be moving its servers to a new location. Normal service will be restored by Sunday, June 12.

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18 May

BookSense.com Miscellany

BookSense.com 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 BookSense.com 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

BookSense.com On the Move...

Here's a look at some exciting news about participating BookSense.com 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

BookSense.com On the Move ...

Here's a look at some exciting new improvements to participating BookSense.com 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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24 Feb

BookSense.com On the Move ...

Here's a look at some exciting new functionalities recently added to BookSense.com, as well as some important customer service news.

New Features: In addition to fixing a few bugs, last week BookSense.com added three new, exciting pieces of functionality:

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22 Feb

Website Marketing Checklist Offers Best Practices

In the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams, the mantra repeated throughout the film is, "If you build it, they will come." Not so with websites.

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08 Dec

Holiday Catalogs Available on BookSense.com

Holiday catalogs developed by the New Atlantic Independent, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southern California, and Upper Midwest booksellers associations are now featured on the BookSense.com hub site and are available for upload to participating BookSense.com sites. BookSense.com participants within each region were recently sent instructions about adding a regional holiday catalog to their site and their homepage.

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18 Nov

BookSense.com Is Back & Better Than Ever

Last weekend, BookSense.com brought a new production database and server online, and now, with the upgrade complete, it's time for BookSense.com participants and their customers to enjoy the increased speed and stability of bookstores' BookSense.com Web sites.

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11 Nov

A Timely Reminder: BookSense.com Goes Down to Come Up This Weekend

BookSense.com sites will experience significant downtime this weekend as a new production database and server are brought online. When completed, the upgrade will result in increased speed and stability for participants' Web sites. Most of the downtime is expected to occur during the first half of Sunday.

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03 Nov

Downtime to Precede Major BookSense.com Upgrade

Over the weekend of November 13, BookSense.com will bring its new production database and servers online. While the result of the upgrade will mean increased speed and stability for BookSense.com participants' Web sites, BookSense.com members should be prepared for significant downtime on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14.

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28 Oct

Checklist Offers Best Web Site Marketing Practices

The success of a bookstore's Web site is directly dependent on the bookseller's efforts to market it, stressed Len Vlahos, BookSense.com director. "In some ways, a storefront retailer's Web site functions as an extension of the store, and, in other ways, as an additional location," Vlahos said.

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