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13 Aug

BookSense.com's New Inventory Upload Keeps Customers in Store

Recently, BookSense.com announced a new functionality that will allow bookstores to upload their store's in-stock quantities of items to the BookSense.com database. For participating bookstores, BookSense.com's new inventory upload feature creates an "On Our Shelves Now" inventory status for any book that the store has in stock. As a result, the customer knows not only that a title is available, but also that it is actually in stock.

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08 Aug

Atlanta's Chapter 11 Bookstore Sold

A major Southeast independent bookstore has changed ownership. Perry Tanner, former corporate vice president of marketing for Scientific-Atlanta, has purchased the Atlanta-based Chapter 11 Bookstore from co-founders Barbara Kaufman and Dale Glenn. Terms of the agreement, which was signed on July 31, were not disclosed.

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08 Aug

The September/October 2002 Book Sense 76 Top Ten Announcement(s)

Well, this was tough! Over 2,000 books nominated, the most ever. Such a huge, huge, huge September and October new book-wise, not surprisingly. So rich that some great books landing after October 1 need to be held off until the November/December 76.

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08 Aug

Citing First Amendment Violation, Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement of Ohio Legislation

A federal judge has blocked enforcement of an amended portion of the state of Ohio's sex offence law, which had extended the definition of material deemed "harmful to juveniles" to include certain computer-based content. The law -- passed by the Ohio legislature in February and signed by Governor Bob Taft in May -- was challenged in U.S. District Court by a broad-based coalition, which included the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and Dayton bookstore Wilkie News.

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08 Aug

2002 MPBA Trade Show Preview

The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association (MPBA) 2002 Trade Show, September 19 - 22, held again at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, is notable for its stellar line up of Book Sense 76 authors, convenient scheduling, and panoply of free seminars for booksellers from novice to experienced. The first two days of the show are reserved for educational programming; on those days, the show floor will not be open.

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08 Aug

Book Sense Bestsellers in the Media

As recognition of the Book Sense Bestseller lists by consumers and the trade grows, so does the number of local and national publications carrying them. Publications, spanning the country, are now carrying the national bestseller lists, and as the number of reporting stores in different regions allows for development of regional bestseller lists, they are being published by regional media.

Newspapers that recently began carrying the national bestseller lists include:

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07 Aug

2002 PNBA Fall Trade Show Preview

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) fall trade show will be held on September 13 - 15 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A full slate of workshops and panels for booksellers, publishers, and authors, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner events, is planned.

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07 Aug

Book Industry Study Group Appoints New Executive Director

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. As of August 1, Jeff Abraham has replaced Frank Daly, who had served as executive director since spring 2001.

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06 Aug

Memorial to be Held for Leonard Shatzkin

A memorial has been scheduled for Leonard Shatzkin, the pioneering book publishing executive and consultant. Shatzkin died from congestive heart failure on May 11, at the age of 82. [For more on the life of Leonard Shatzkin, click here.]

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05 Aug

A Bookselling Secret You Don't Know

By Neal Coonerty

As a savvy and experienced bookseller, you should be able to name the best-selling single item in your bookstore in the last 12 months. Until I investigated, I couldn't.

First, I immediately thought about titles of hot books, but our best-selling book sold 845 paperback copies in the last year and wasn't even close to our number-one selling item. In fact, I found out that we sold 4,969 copies of our best-selling item last year, almost six times the number of our best-selling book.

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05 Aug

Book Sense Continues Morning Show Hot Streak

On Monday, August 5, the Today Show named the Adam Haslett short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here (Doubleday) as the latest pick of its "Today's Book Club." The title, selected for the club by author Jonathan Franzen, was a July/August Book Sense 76 selection.

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01 Aug

The 2002 -- 2003 'Best Books for Reading Groups' Book Sense 76

We're still checking ISBNs of the latest paperback editions, but we wanted you to see this soonest. The flier will be ready this fall, and we'll publicize this major initiative then.

Note: This is also a great resource if your community is thinking of adopting a book for all to read. For a list of what books cities, towns, and states around the country have chosen recently, go to http://news.bookweb.org/read/305
(Let us know of any new ones!)

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01 Aug

ABA to Independent Booksellers: See You at the Regionals!

This fall, when ABA joins independent booksellers attending the regional trade associations' shows, there will be a special emphasis on education and on showcasing two major ABA initiatives, the online ABA Book Buyer's Handbook and the enhanced options for reporting to the Book Sense Bestseller List.

The educational programming that will be offered by ABA at regionals this fall features:

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01 Aug

A Second Helping of Book Soup

Book Soup, a general-interest bookstore in West Hollywood, California, will soon open a second store in Orange County. Book Soup has earned a staunch following and strong reputation in its 27 years on the Sunset Strip, for its strengths in art, cinema, and music books, and literary fiction.

The second Book Soup will be located in South Coast Plaza, the locally legendary retail mall that's a shopping Mecca for upscale consumers.

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