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09 Oct

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Computer & Web Design Manuals

Based on the last eight weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the latest of many subject category lists to run in BTW each week. These are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what's selling, and lists that the media can run.

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09 Oct

Books at Stonehenge: Carving Out Its Niche

It would be an understatement to say that Books at Stonehenge has competition. The 2,500-square-foot independent bookstore, which is located in the Stonehenge Market shopping plaza in Raleigh, North Carolina, is two miles north of a Barnes & Noble, two miles west of a Borders, and about five miles away from a brand new mall, where a two-story Barnes & Noble's recently opened its doors.

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09 Oct

Feminist Bookstore Archives Document a Movement

As of October 6, New Words Bookstore, a 28-year-old feminist institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is closed, but its legacy is assured for the future. All of the store's papers and records have been acquired by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, for its permanent collection.

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03 Oct

ABA and Ingram Enter Into Data Deal

Independent booksellers to benefit from data swap

As Bookselling This Week went to press, ABA and Ingram Customer Systems announced an agreement through which the two entities will exchange data for use in their respective trade and consumer products.

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03 Oct

GLBA Trade Show More Than Meets Expectations

With an emphasis on the regional and the practical, the Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA) 2002 Fall Trade Show was held on September 27 - 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. Both the new venue and new special events more than lived up to organizers' and attendees' expectations.

Jim Dana, executive director of GLBA, described the show as full of energy: "There was a really warm response [to the new venue] and high satisfaction.

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03 Oct

UMBA Trade Show Garners Large Crowds, Rave Reviews

The 2002 Upper Midwest Booksellers Association (UMBA) Trade Show was held at the RiverCentre complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, from September 27-29. Susan Walker, executive director for UMBA, told Bookselling This Week that, overall, the show went very well. She was particularly excited that the new UMBA show schedule seemed to work successfully. "We felt that the new things we tried in our schedule received a good reception from attendees, "Walker said, and then added: "But it's more important what people attending the show thought, not me!"

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03 Oct

Fire on the Mountain Promotion Mobilizes Booksellers

The national in-store fundraising campaign to benefit local firefighters is gaining momentum in bookstores, as the October 28 air date of the History Channel documentary based on the book, Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John N. Maclean (Washington Square Press), grows near.

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03 Oct

Publisher Ad Kudos, Books to Watch, and an Update on One of Our Mystery 76 Picks

By Carl Lennertz

Publisher Ad Kudos:
We've always kept you posted by e-mail or at BookWeb.org about upcoming Book Sense ads and the titles involved. I'm going to run reminders here, and I hope that you'll give these 76 picks an extra look stock -- and display-wise. I'll also try and alert you, when I see them, to national ads that mention Book Sense.

Many, many, many thanks to all the publishers who advertise with us in our ad format, and to those who include us in their own ads!!

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03 Oct

Book Sense Bestseller Lists in the Media Update

The number of national and local magazines, newspapers, industry publications, and Web sites carrying Book Sense Bestseller (national, regional, or category) lists continues to grow each month.

In September, the media outlets listed below began running one of ABA's Book Sense Bestseller Lists. To view the complete list, click here.

NATIONAL:
Motorboating Magazine (Nautical List)

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02 Oct

Getting on the Same Page -- BTW's Latest Citywide Book Club Update

The Citywide Book Club trend, which began in Seattle six years go, shows no sign of slowing down. When Bookselling This Week first created its Citywide Book Club list in March 2002, there were 45 known community-reading initiatives. Seven months later, the number has more than doubled, and now lists 94 cities, counties, or states that have organized (or are organizing) events that encourage communities to read the same book at the same time.

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02 Oct

TV's Raymond Gets Book Sense -- Thanks to a Well-Read Set Decorator

Ray Barone, the title character on the CBS hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, now in its sixth year, is not really the bookish type. But in the episode airing October 14, Raymond and his long-suffering wife, Debra, attempt to raise his cultural IQ by attending a lecture by the fictive author of Hidden Treasures of the Amazon at Sidewalk Books, an invented Book Sense bookstore on Long Island, New York.

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02 Oct

Booksellers Report Success with Prescriptions for Reading

ABA's Prescription for Reading is in full swing, and booksellers who spoke to BTW reported that they are having great success with this year's program. "We started out with 200 books [for the program]," said Lee Kimball, manager of The Library Shop in Richmond, Virginia. "We ended up having to order another 1,000 more."

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02 Oct

Ban the Books

By Roger Rosenblatt

The week of September 21-28 is declared Banned Book Week by the American Library Association and other organizations interested in publicizing attempts to ban books in schools and libraries.

Except for a concern about the future of democracy, I don't understand what the fuss is about. Ban all the books, I say.

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26 Sep

SEBA Trade Show Equals Sunshine, Exhibitors, Booksellers, and Authors

The 2002 SEBA Fall Trade Show brought over 1,000 booksellers, exhibitors, authors, and others in the industry to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for three days of professional development, networking, exhibit aisle marathons, author interaction, and even a busman's holiday to a South Florida bookselling landmark.

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26 Sep

A Gift of Books to the Nation from the ABA

In a tradition begun during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the American Booksellers Association will be making a gift of books to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush for the White House Library on October 9, 2002.

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