|Book Sense, Inc. has announced the launch of BookSense.com, an e-commerce
product for independent booksellers. Having concluded a 5-month beta test,
the national BookSense.com hub site (http://www.booksense.com)
and more than 200 affiliated bookstore Web sites are now live and selling
books to consumers.
BookSense.com is the e-commerce component of Book Sense, the American
Booksellers Association’s (ABA) integrated marketing program designed to
raise consumer awareness about the value of shopping in independent bookstores.
More than 1,200 bookstore locations participate in the Book Sense program.
Through BookSense.com, each participating Book Sense store has its own
co-branded Web site at its own URL, its own content, and a title database
of more than 2 million books. In addition, there is a national BookSense.com
hub site, which aggregates sales and traffic for the individual store sites.
“With the successful launch of BookSense.com,” said ABA CEO Avin Mark
Dominitz, “we have provided our members with one more weapon that will
help them stay competitive in today’s volatile bookselling marketplace.
Participating stores can leverage the power of the Book Sense brand online,
and can now serve their customers 24 hours a day—so they are, in effect,
open all the time.”
Unlike other online booksellers, BookSense.com-affiliated sites give
consumers the option to pick up their orders in their local bookstore and
to interact with real booksellers when making a purchase. Each store’s
site can feature staff recommendations, local author information, reading
group information, details about in-store events, and more, while leveraging
the power of a 2.4-million-title database. According to the announcement,
Book Sense has also been true to the ABA’s long history of First Amendment
advocacy by making a strong commitment to protecting consumer privacy.
Len Vlahos, BookSense.com’s project director, said: “Our members recognize
the Internet as a powerful marketing, selling, and communications tool.
But they also recognize the dangers inherent in e-commerce. Working closely
with the participating stores, we have worked hard to ensure that BookSense.com
and its affiliated sites reflect booksellers’ commitment to an individual’s
privacy, and also present a secure and safe environment in which to purchase
books using a credit card.”
The BookSense.com hub site gives customers the ability to locate their
closest BookSense.com store or to purchase books from their local bookstore
at the hub site. BookSense.com offers content that includes author interviews
and special features (such as reading lists from the presidential candidates).
The site also includes the Book Sense 75 Recommendations List, the Book
Sense Bestseller List, featured events from participating BookSense.com
stores, a daily poll, audio programming, and more.
“Our mission for the hub site,” said Vlahos, “is to provide consumers
with compelling reasons to come to BookSense.com, so that we may redirect
those consumers to individual store sites.”
Currently, there are 201 stores that have published live BookSense.com
Web sites. That number is expected to double this year.
Book Sense, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ABA, administers
the Book Sense integrated marketing and branding campaign. Founded in 1900,
the ABA is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of
its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront
locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination.
The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage
Source: Book Sense, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, 800/637-0037, 914/591-2665;