Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Quirk of our Web Site's Search Engine

When you search our Boswell Books website, it is really only titles available at Ingram. Books we stock that Ingram doesn't carry (like our recent event Snickeyfritz) will not show up. We can sell them, but we've got to create the ISBN ourselves with a link to the shopping cart.

This is also true for the sidelines/nonbook we post on our site, as well as most bargain, and second-hand titles. In order for you to order an autographed title, we need to create a new item code as well. This is a continuation from the way things are at Schwartz. The system has since been updated, however, so that we can create the fake codes ourselves.

I wish there was a way to put this caveat on the site. I've talked to customers about this and most are convinced they are searching our inventory. Someday we'll figure out how to program well enough that we can attach a text box with an explanation. But for now, at least you read it here.

We'll try to post these titles as quickly as possible. Most of them are regional in nature. One title we've been selling well for years is Tom Tolan's Riverwest. It's a lovely picture book, very modestly priced, and the proceeds go to help the COA (Children's Outing Association).

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