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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

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals Cover Image
Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
Becoming Cover Image
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
The Wonky Donkey Cover Image
Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts Cover Image

Guest Curator: Margaret Gunselman

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 Cover Image
Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom Cover Image
Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3) Cover Image
The Art of Memoir Cover Image

Ellen Plumb's Book Club Selections

Caraval: A Caraval Novel Cover Image
The Alice Network: A Novel Cover Image
An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
To Leave a Shadow Cover Image
Dumplin' Cover Image
American Heart 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.