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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

Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
The Mueller Report: The Final Report of the Special Counsel into Donald Trump, Russia, and Collusion Cover Image
Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! Cover Image
Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
The Big Kahuna (Fox and O'Hare #6) Cover Image
The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image

Guest Curator: Doug Bjerkaas

Mere Christianity Cover Image
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation Cover Image
The Reckoning: A Novel Cover Image
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist Cover Image
Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf Cover Image

Ellen Plumb's Book Club Selections

The Alice Network: A Novel Cover Image
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
To Leave a Shadow Cover Image
Six of Crows Cover Image
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
Where the Crawdads Sing 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.