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Ellen Plumb opened Emporia's first bookstore in 1870. Her family helped found the city of Emporia. One of the first two graduates of the Kansas State Normal School (now Emporia State University), Miss Plumb was always ahead of her time--and the original spirit of "Locally owned. Fiercely independent." in our town. Nearly a century and a half later, it's our goal to honor her legacy and love of literature.

Ellen Plumb's Best Sellers

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
Summer of '69 Cover Image
Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World Cover Image
Queen Bee: A Novel Cover Image

Guest Curator: Lindsey Bartlett

Becoming Cover Image
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library Cover Image
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle #1) Cover Image
The Hidden City (House War #1) Cover Image
Les Miserables (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image

Ellen Plumb's Book Club Selections

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
The Alice Network: A Novel Cover Image
Song of Solomon (Vintage International) Cover Image
Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr Cover Image

Ask us about the Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine (EBM)  is a state-of-the-art device that prints, binds, and trims a paperback book in minutes.  Additionally, the EBM is a green machine, as it only prints what is sold thereby eliminating shipping, returns, and pulping of unwanted books.

To print your book on the EBM, you’ll need two print-ready PDFs -- one for the cover and one for the bookblock. Print-ready means that all of your writing, editing, and formatting is finished, and the PDFs can be printed as-is.