09 Jul

The Indie Travel Literature Bestseller List

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 5, 2015.

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01 Jul

NAIBA’s Bookstore Visit Challenge Encourages New Connections

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association is challenging booksellers to visit other bookstores around the country to share experiences and make connections with their peers.

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09 Jul

The Indie Travel Literature Bestseller List

Based on sales at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 6, 2014.

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15 Jan

Sea-Tac to the Westin on a Budget

Winter Institute attendees arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have a couple of low-cost options for getting to the host hotel, the Westin Seattle (as well as the Mayflower Park Hotel, across the street).

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10 Jul

The Indie Travel Literature Bestseller List

Based on sales at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 7, 2013.

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23 Apr

Eat. Shop. Local.

Billed as "indispensable guides to stylishly unique, locally owned eating and shopping," the series is a natural for the independent bookstore customer. The guides, created by Kaie Wellman and self-published under her imprint Cabazon Books, have a stand-out, simple design, and highlight about 90 local restaurants and shops in each of 20 city guides.

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15 Apr

Idlewild Books: A Trip Around the World

On Sunday, April 20, Idlewild Books will open near Union Square in New York City with an inventory of 6,000 titles, all of them arranged according to country. "I've always been a big traveler and reader so the idea of a bookstore organized by country -- with literature, guide books, books about politics and culture, and so on, all shelved together by place -- always appealed to me," said owner David Del Vecchio.

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22 Mar

Travel Books: "It" Destinations, Innovative Designs, and Web Content, Too

It's spring! Whether you're casting about for a way to sate your wanderlust or pondering which titles to recommend to customers looking to fulfill their travel fantasies, you're covered: travel book publishers are busy tracking hot destinations and publishing books designed to please daring adventurers and armchair travelers alike.

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11 Nov

The Travel Book Offers a World of Reading

For those of us who want to tour the world but might be short of funds or time, a newly published coffee-table book may help quench that thirst for travel for a while -- or, perhaps, make it even worse.

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29 Jun

Lonely Planet Independent Bookstore Tour a Resounding Success

Lonely Planet, the independent travel publisher, wrapped up its mega-tour of over 100 independent bookstores on June 3, disembarking at BookExpo America at Chicago's McCormick Place. The Lonely Planet crew spent one month aboard the Lonely Planet RV, which sported side panels advertising the "Lonely Planet 2004 Independent Bookstore Road Trip." They visited stores throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and traveled over 5,500 miles. As the tour T-shirt said: "26 States, 27 Days, 5,504 Miles, 116 Independent Bookstores."

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12 Jun

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Literature

Based on four weeks of sales from over 400 independent bookstores across America.

It’s summertime and, as thoughts turn to travel, Book Sense presents the top 25 best-selling travel literature titles as reported by over 400 independent bookstores across America.

Past Category Bestseller lists are available at

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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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10 Sep

Beam Me Down Under -- Tony Horwitz Travels the Pacific in Search of Captain James Cook

When Tony Horwitz stepped off the plane to Savage Island, he knew almost nothing about the place.

He'd done this on purpose. As part of a year and a half-long journey throughout the Pacific following in the wake of 18th century explorer James Cook, Horwitz wanted at least one blank spot on the map -- a place that was truly terra incognita for a 21st century American author.

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25 Jul

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Travel Writing -- Part 2

Based on eight weeks of sales from over 300 independent bookstores across America.

Travel Writing Bestsellers
#26 - #50 Travel Writing Bestsellers for the Last Eight Weeks

(All are paperback unless otherwise noted; an asterisk (*) indicates a 76 Pick.)

Click here to view #1 - #25.

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