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14 May

Saul Williams to Host BookSense.com's BEA Poetry Slam

Saul Williams, author of several books, including , Said the Shotgun to the Head (MTV Books/Pocket Books), will host BookSense.com's first-ever Poetry Slam on Saturday, May 31, at BookExpo America. The contest offers a chance for aspiring poets to read and have their work judged by their peers, and the winning poem will be published on the BookSense.com Web site and in Bookselling This Week.

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08 May

New Yorker on Sale Now Features Recommendations of Book Sense Booksellers

The May 12 issue of The New Yorker magazine on sale now features a special insert, "Bound to Please," highlighting "the sage recommendations of America's independent booksellers."

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24 Apr

Book Sense Joins Forces with Levenger

On April 24, Book Sense and Levenger, Inc., a catalog and Internet company that provides high-quality tools for reading and writing, announced that the two companies had formed a marketing partnership to cross-promote their Web sites and merchandise. Starting in May, all BookSense.com Web sites will feature a Levenger link, and sales resulting from these links will earn participating booksellers an affiliate commission. Additionally, Levenger.com will have an affiliate link to BookSense.com.

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24 Apr

Publishers, Promote Your Books Through BookSense.com!

The American Booksellers Association is inviting publishers to participate in the BookSense.com Co-op Reimbursement Program. The new program helps publishers promote their books through both the Web sites and bricks-and-mortar locations of participating stores. ABA has been testing the program with the help of four publishers -- AOL/Time Warner, Harcourt, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster -- and 30 bookstores.

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10 Apr

BookSense.com On the Move . . .

This month's feature from BookSense.com Director Len Vlahos updates booksellers on the latest improvements and enhancements to BookSense.com.

Greetings! Much has occurred in the last month. In our continuing drive to improve BookSense.com, we're in the process of adding staff and some new features to the BookSense.com product.

Here's a quick rundown:

1. Staff on the Move!

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08 Apr

BookSense.com to Hold a 'Poetry Slam' at BookExpo America

The oldest form of literature (verse) will meet one of the newest forms of bookselling (BookSense.com) at this year's BookExpo America (BEA).

On Saturday, May 31, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at BEA, BookSense.com will present its first-ever "Poetry Slam," a contest for aspiring poets to read and have their work judged by their peers for a chance to have a poem published on BookSense.com and in Bookselling This Week.

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20 Mar

BookSense.com Testing New Publisher Co-Op Program

In February, BookSense.com began testing a new program that could help participating bookstores fund the entire cost of their BookSense.com Web sites through the use of newsletter co-op.

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17 Mar

Beware of Bogus Orders

A continuing problem for booksellers, especially those with an online presence, is the receipt of fraudulent orders. A number of booksellers have reported receiving bogus orders from overseas -- via either their retail Web sites or e-mail -- for large numbers of hardcover books, often Bibles or medical texts. These orders usually originate in Nigeria, Ghana, Singapore, or Egypt and are usually in excess of $150. The books being ordered are most often Bibles, other religious titles, medical texts, or other reference books.

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