Definition of handselling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandˈseliNG/


The practice of promoting books by personal recommendation rather than by publisher-sponsored marketing.
Example sentences
  • Many booksellers serve as patron saints of favorite authors, but Susan Wasson of Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, went beyond typical high-volume handselling with Kris Radish's Elegant Gathering of White Snows.



[with object]
Example sentences
  • The School was handselled with two unique archival gifts.
  • The Borders nearest my house handsells my books, so do some of the mystery indies around the country.
  • He needed to get out from behind the chair, talk to staff, talk to customers, and handsell his books.

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Syllabification: hand·sel·ling

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