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12 Sep

Book Sense National Advertising Update -- New Ad Venues About to Launch

By Carl Lennertz and Mark Nichols

In addition to our ongoing and successful advertising in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, spearheaded by ABA Marketing Officer Michael Hoynes, we are expanding the Book Sense presence in some notable book-only magazines and reviews.

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12 Sep

General Book Sense News -- And Exhortations

By Carl Lennertz

BIG!!! -- Bring photos of your 76 display to the Regional Shows!

This is so you can have a chance to win a color printer ... AND ... to have your photo considered for a portfolio to be shown to publishers over the next year.

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12 Sep

Independent Bookstore Helps Revitalize Main Street

The river's end bookstore,

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12 Sep

MSIBA in New Orleans -- Laissez Les Bons Temps, et Les Livres, Rouler

In a new hotel facility, and with a new executive director, the Mid-South Independent Booksellers Association (MSIBA) held its fall trade show in New Orleans from September 5 - 8. By all reports, the show was a great success and an opportunity for booksellers from the far-flung corners of this large regional association (in square miles) to learn, network, and recharge their enthusiasm for the coming year.

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12 Sep

NAIBA Fall Trade Show Preview

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Trade Show will be held on Sunday and Monday, October 13 - 14, at the Philadelphia Marriott. "Build a Better Bookstore" is the theme of this year's show, and a full day of educational programming on Sunday will help booksellers do just that. In addition, on Monday, more than 350 publishers will be represented on the trade show floor, which is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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11 Sep

Montana Writers Salute Bozeman Bookstore with 'One Fine Page'

People who love their local bookstores may never have the opportunity to express their feelings. That's not so at the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana.

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11 Sep

ABA Book Buyer's Handbook Update for the Week of September 9

Below is a list of the most significant recent changes to the ABA Book Buyer's Handbook online.

Booksellers are strongly encouraged to alert ABA of changing terms that come to their attention. Publishers are asked to inform ABA immediately of any changes to terms and contact information.

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11 Sep

Bookstores Make Their Mark With Popular Customer Bookmark Contests

Bookmark contests create big community involvement, if The Village Book Store in Littleton, New Hampshire, and Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, are representative of other stores between the coasts. Nationally, many independents currently are gearing up for their annual bookmark contests to coincide with National Children's Book Week in November when winners are announced.

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11 Sep

SEBA Unveils Its First-Ever Virtual Trade Show

The Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA) has a solution for those who can't make it to this year's regional -- attend its trade show via the Internet. SEBA recently announced that it is launching a Virtual Trade Show in conjunction with this year's regional show, which is being held September 20 - 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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05 Sep

Commemorating Not Commercializing -- Booksellers Plan for September 11 Anniversary

The upcoming anniversary of the September 11 tragedies will be marked in bookstores with an emphasis on helping people to mourn the disastrous events and, also, according to many booksellers around the country, on offering opportunities for healing and education. Any attempts to use the anniversary as a self-serving marketing tool made all booksellers extremely uncomfortable. Many opted for in-store events that included both speakers who have had personal experience with the disasters and others who have analyzed the events or have attempted to find solutions.

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05 Sep

Banned Books Week 2002 -- Let Freedom Read!

Again this year, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will be a sponsor of Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of First Amendment rights. In 2001, over 1,000 independent booksellers and 2,500 libraries participated in Banned Books Week, and, once again, participating booksellers report that Banned Books Week is one of their customers' favorite promotions.

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05 Sep

Enthusiasm Grows for Fire on the Mountain Fundraising Campaign

Following the participation of Firehouse.com, the leading fire and emergency services Internet portal, there is growing consumer awareness and interest in the Book Sense and History Channel "The Fire on the Mountain, Campaign for Communities: Firefighter Fundraiser" promotion.

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05 Sep

Independent Bookstores Continue to Show Sales Increases

A majority of independent bookstores have shown sales increases during the first six months of 2002, as compared to the same period in 2001. The finding, the result of a recent ABA survey, continues a three-year trend, which has seen a majority of independent bookstores realizing increases over a comparable prior sales period.

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05 Sep

The Latest Bestseller Updates

By Carl Lennertz

Sales news from data gathered this week from 350 indies.

Hardcover fiction:

To watch:

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05 Sep

Bookstore in Only Bermuda City Changes Hands

For over 400 years, shipwrecks have landed hapless voyagers on the shores, or in the waters, of Bermuda. Now thousands come eagerly on titanic cruise ships to enjoy the sand, surf, and shops of the balmy island. As the boats reach port in Hamilton, Bermuda's capital and only city, those looking out can see the sign for The Bermuda Book Store awaiting them on the corner of Front and Queen streets.

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