Book Sense


Book Sense

Book Sense was a marketing and branding program of the American Booksellers Association, in which many independent bookstores across North America participated in order to better compete with the large book chains. Bookstores participating in the Book Sense program are expected to display the Book Sense logo and take part in at least some of the available components of the program. In 2008, Book Sense was replaced by IndieBound.

Book Sense bestseller lists

The Book Sense bestseller program was developed to provide a method of calculating bestsellers better suited to independent bookstores than the lists provided by "New York Times" and others. Two factors contribute to the differences. First, the "New York Times" lists include all book sales, including grocery stores, gift shops, independent bookstores, large chains, big box stores, and drug stores; where the Book Sense lists consider only sales from independent bookstores. Second, the "New York Times" lists include reports from publishers, which can "double-count" a book (the sale is reported once by the publisher and once by the retailer) and generate artificially high sales of popular new books when retailers and distributors purchase large numbers of books that may later be returned unsold to the publishers.

Book Sense publishes regular weekly lists for hardcover fiction, hardcover nonfiction, trade paperback fiction, trade paperback nonfiction, mass market paperback, "children's interest," children's illustrated, and children's fiction series. Category lists, which focus on a particular genre, are published less frequently.

Book Sense picks

Before a major new book is published, the publisher will often send out Advance Reader Copies (ARCs--also known as uncorrected proofs) to booksellers to generate interest in the book. Owners and employees of Book Sense member stores review these ARCs, along with brand-new books when they are released, and nominate their favorites as "Book Sense picks." The American Booksellers Association handles nominations and voting, and releases monthly lists of what member stores have selected. There are also special pick lists from time to time.

Book Sense Book of the Year Awards

Each year, owners and employees of each Book Sense member store have the opportunity to vote for the Book Sense Book of the Year, which is issued in four different categories. The winning authors are honored at a banquet at BookExpo America.

*2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards
*2006 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards
*2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards

Book Sense gift cards

As of early 2006, approximately 400 bookstores participated in the Book Sense gift card program, which allows shoppers to buy a gift card in one member store and redeem it in another. The gift card program is administered by Givex corporation, and replaces an earlier Book Sense program that used paper gift certificates. Many participating stores experienced significant sales increases when switching from paper gift certificates to the Book Sense gift card program.

BookSense.com

The BookSense.com Web site has a large database of books (over 2 million titles). Shoppers who visit BookSense.com are directed to the Web site of the nearest participating member bookseller, calculated by ZIP code. The individual Web sites share a central database administered by the ABA, although each store may set its own pricing. The sites can be constructed with a template system or custom-built.

IndieBound.org

In June of 2008, Book Sense was replaced by IndieBound, a new program and website. [cite press release
title = BookSense.com Becomes ABA E-commerce Solution
publisher = American Booksellers Association
date = 2008-06-04
url = http://news.bookweb.org/news/6107.html
accessdate = 2008-10-02
] After a period of beta testing, a social network-style community feature was launched on the website on September 11, 2008. [cite press release
title = New IndieBound Community Launches
publisher = American Booksellers Association
date = 2008-09-11
url = http://news.bookweb.org/news/6280.html
accessdate = 2008-10-02
]

References

External links

* [http://booksense.com/ Book Sense]
* [http://bookweb.org/ American Booksellers Association]


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