Book Sense

13 Mar

The 2008 Book Sense Poetry Top Ten Now Available

This week, Book Sense releases the 2008 Poetry Top Ten. The list is compiled from titles nominated by independent booksellers nationwide, and is available as full-color, downloadable PDF file at

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12 Mar

Chapters Books & Gifts Finds Timing Is Everything

For Carla Ketner, an offhand comment from a friend started it all. Ketner, owner of Chapters Books & Gifts in Seward, Nebraska, never intended to own a business. That changed a few years ago, on a shopping excursion to Nebraska City, about 90 minutes from Seward.

"We were in The Book Clinic and my friend said, 'You should open a bookstore in Seward.' I said, 'Yeah, right. I don't want to work that hard.'"

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06 Mar

The April 2008 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of April Book Sense Picks, with booksellers' comments, as well as a preview of the month's Notables. Independent booksellers in the Book Sense program will be receiving their April Picks fliers in the March Red Box.

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05 Mar

Reading Group Nominations Needed

The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Book Sense Reading Group Picks list is Friday, March 7.

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05 Mar

The Presidents & Presidential Election Bestseller List

Based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending Wednesday, March 5, 2008.


Dreams From My Father
Barack Obama, Three Rivers, $14.95, 9781400082773


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05 Mar

The Book and Cranny Fills a Void

Before The Book and Cranny opened on Main Street in Statesboro, Georgia, last April, "there was one used bookstore, the university bookstore, and a Christian bookstore, and that was it," said Deborah Campbell.

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28 Feb

March Book Sense Notables Fliers & Shelf-Talkers Now Available

The March 2008 Book Sense Notables flier is now available in a downloadable PDF on The flier includes jacket images, bibliographic information, and bookseller quotes. In addition, all 20 Notables titles are featured in an electronic file of shelf-talkers for in-store use.

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27 Feb

Think Spring: Nominations Needed for May and Reading Group Picks Lists

This Friday, February 29, and next Friday, March 7, are deadlines for nominations to two important Picks lists: the May Book Sense Picks and the Spring Reading Group list, respectively.

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26 Feb

Down the Stairs and Between the Covers

Seven years ago, Jeanne Regentin began her career in bookselling at Between the Covers, a general independent bookstore, which has been serving readers in Harbor Springs, Michigan, for close to 25 years. "I did what everyone who wants to work at a bookstore does," Regentin explained about her entree to the book industry. "I thought someone would pay me to read.

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21 Feb

The Spring 2008 Book Sense Children's Picks Preview

The Spring 2008 Book Sense Children's Picks List is available now for preview. The list will be arriving at independent bookstores with Book Sense by the end of this month.

Additional copies of the Spring Kids' Picks may be requested via e-mail to

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20 Feb

A Novel Idea at Home Among Other Independents in Chattanooga Hot Spot

Since A Novel Idea opened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2000, it has become the place for regional titles. "What most people in Chattanooga know us for are our books about local history and by local authors," said co-owner Karen Poole. "We carry a lot of books on Civil War history. There was a big battle fought here in Chattanooga, and battles fought on Missionary Ridge."

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20 Feb

The Book Sense Bestseller Lists in Honor of Valentine's Day

For the eight-week period ending February 19, 2008, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.



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14 Feb

New California Law Spurs Change to Book Sense Gift Card Program

Last month, California passed a new law that affects the redemption of gift cards sold by businesses within the state. California Senate Bill 250, Chapter 640, requires retailers to redeem for cash store gift cards or certificates with a cash value of $10 or less. The bill makes an exception for mall cards and donated gift cards and certificates, and it only applies to those sold in California.

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14 Feb

The Bookworm's Attic: An Urban Planner's Vision

Sara Loftus, a former urban planner, opened the 1,000-square-foot Bookworm's Attic in Huntington, West Virginia, a year ago. Transitioning from urban planning to bookselling made sense, said Loftus. "As an urban planner, I've always been interested in neighborhoods and communities. I saw that if I opened a bookstore, it was another way I could make a real difference."

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07 Feb

The March 2008 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview

Here is the full listing of March Book Sense Picks, with booksellers' comments, as well as a preview of the month's Notables. Independent booksellers in the Book Sense program will be receiving their March Picks fliers in the February Red Box.

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