A Comparison of Web Sites That Support, Promote, and Sell Black Books
Web Site Traffic Ranking, Search Engine Saturation, Longevity, Link Popularity and more. All of these web sites (with a traffic ranking) are in the top 5% of all web sites, of any type, and represent an excellent sample of the best of the Black book web sites.

Web site traffic ranking are estimated by Alexa Internet, Inc (an Amazon.com Company).  Sites are sorted based upon their 3 month average traffic ranking as of November 6th, 2009.  Current rankings are shown on each site's Site Info panel.  Follow this link to see previous versions of this page.

 

Compete triangulates multiple data sources, including ISP, Panel & Toolbar to estimate U.S. traffic. People Counts are also known as unique visitors - they only count a person once no matter how many times they visit a site in a given month. People Counts are typically used to determine how popular a site is.

AALBC.com (African American Literature Book Club)
http://aalbc.com

Contact: Troy at aalbc.com
created on 02-Mar-1998
Google Page Rank: (6/10)

First Archive: Dec 05, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://AALBC.com
First Archive (Original URL) Jan 11, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/19980111031357/johnsonpcc.com/books/

AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of author profiles, book recommendations, intriguing on-line discussion boards, writers resources, articles, and critical reviews of books and by and about African Americans.

The Urban Book Source
http://www.theurbanbooksource.com

Contact: Mark Manderson grandstatus [at] gmail.com
Creation Date:
Google Page Rank: (0/10)
First Archive: Feb 10, 2007 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://theurbanbooksource.com/

UBS is the premiere Internet source for readers, writers, authors, publishers, and vendors of urban literature. We embrace writers and readers of all genres, as we recognize our talents and tastes, like our shades, run the gamut. We are an online independent media publication who aims to give our readers progressive and authoritative information.

Mosaic Literary Magazine
http://www.mosaicbooks.com

Contact: ron at mosaicbooks.com
created on 28-Sept-1996 (Oldest web site dedicated to Black books)
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Jan 25, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mosaicbooks.com

 

Mosaicbooks.com offers many low-cost options for marketing new titles to book clubs (the largest listing on the Internet) and buyers. And with our combined website & magazine package you can reach readers online and off.

Thumperscorner.com (an AALBC.com property)
http://thumperscorner.com

Contact: Troy at aalbc.com
created on Apr 22, 2002
Google Page Rank: (5/10)

First Archive: Feb 11, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://thumperscorner.com
First Archive (Original URL) May 15, 2001 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://cwmyb.com

Thumper's Corner is the home of AALBC.com's very popular discussion boards.  It is also the home of our on-line book club; The Coffee Will Make You Black On-line Reading Group.  Check out our reading List, join our ongoing discussions, let us know about a good book you've read, tell us about a literary event, a new author, or just share your thoughts and ideas about African American Literature and culture.

Black Books Direct
http://www.blackbooksdirect.com/

Contact: info at blackbooksdirect.com
Creation Date: Nov 27, 2003
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: May 18, 2004 - http://web.archive.org/web/20040518060343/http://blackbooksdirect.com/

Black Books Direct is a full-service online black bookstore that carries book titles and DVDs that are for, by, and about African Americans.

A Place of Our Own
www.apooobooks.com

Contact: yasmin at apooobooks.com
Creation Date:
12-Sept-2001 (formerly apooo.org)
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: (new site) - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http:/apooobooks.com

An online bookclub who enjoy reading and discussing books by and about African Americans. Site also provides the 411 regarding African American Literature and Events.

Cushcity.com
http://CushCity.com

Contact: cushorders at cushcity.com
created on Oct 17, 1998
Google Page Rank: (6/10)
First Archive: Jan 25, 1999 - http://web.archive.org/web/*sa_/http://CushCity.com

World's Largest African-American Selection DVDs, Videos, Books, Art Prints, Toys, Calendars & More

Rawsistaz.com
http://rawsistaz.com

Contact: info at rawsistaz.com
Creation Date: 28-Oct-2000
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Apr 05, 2001 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://rawsistaz.com

 

The Reading and Writing SISTAZ Literary Group, aka RAWSISTAZ, focuses on reading, writing, and discussing books primarily by African-American Authors. Our groups (both online and off) are not only book clubs, but resources to readers, writers, and literary enthusiasts; thus our founder's motto of "Keeping You in the Know Regarding the African-American Literary Community."

BlackBookPlus.com
http://www.blackbookplus.com/

Contact: blackbooksplus at aol.com
created on 17-Aug-2000
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: June 3, 2002 - http://web.archive.org/web/20020603041023/http://www.blackbookplus.com/

Blackbookplus.com is proud to promote African American literature and will continue to do so with all of its capacity to survey our community satisfaction. We are featuring a large selection of African American literature at discounted prices; classic African American literature, modern African American novels, and African American poetry by today's top African American authors.

QBR The Black Book Review
http://qbr.com

Contact: mrodz at gbr.com
created on 28-Jan-1998
Google Page Rank: (6/10)
First Archive: Dec 12, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://qbr.com

QBR is the first book review exclusively dedicated to books about the Africana experience. In its pages you will find fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children�s books, health and lifestyle management, writers from Africa and the Caribbean--the whole of the Diaspora, the whole of our experience.

African Bookstore
http://africanbookstore.net

Contact: webmaster at africanbookstore.net
Created on: 29-Nov-02
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Feb 12, 2003 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://Africanbookstore.net

Historical, fiction and children books, focusing on African cultures worldwide. Our book store carries volumes on classical African civilizations, literature on black history and culture. From ancient civilization to modern society. Visit our gift shop to find unique gifts from Africa such as masks, clothing, and home decor.
Shop online or come into the store.

National Book Club Conference
www.nationalbookclubconference.com

Contact: carol at cbbooksdistribution.com
Created before Nov 25th 2002
Google Page Rank: (no rank available)
First Archive: Jun 3, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.nationalbookclubconference.com

The mission of the National Book Club Conference is to create the world's largest book-club meeting once a year, to promote the value of reading and formulating book clubs among adults and in the nation's public school systems for the purposes of advancing literacy, broadening youths' minds and knowledge through reading and dialogue..

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
http://www.huemanbookstore.com/

Contact: info [at] hue-manbookstore.com
Creation Date: 10-Sep-2001
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.huemanbookstore.com has been blocked by the site owner via robots.txt.

   

One of the Most popular African American Book Stores in the Country

Urban Reviews
http://urban-reviews.com

Contact:
created on
07-Apr-2005
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: Oct 25, 2005 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://urban-reviews.com

Urban-Reviews.com is a online resource for open and honest opinions on some of today's latest and greatest releases, whether it's AA Fiction, Hip-Hop or R&B Music. Our goal is to provide an insight for visitors to decide on whether or not they should consider getting any of the featured releases.
 

Street Fiction
http://www.streetfiction.org

Contact: info at streetfiction.org
Creation Date:
Apr 17, 2007
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Sept 29, 2007 - http://web.archive.org/web/20070929100133/http://www.streetfiction.org/

Street Fiction is dedicated to reviewing street fiction, also known as urban fiction, street lit, or gangsta fiction. One of the fastest growing genres, these books expose the reader to drugs, violence, sex and and the gritty realities of street life in urban America.

TimBookTu
http://www.timbooktu.com

Contact: mempv at cris.com
Creation Date: Dec. 23 1997
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Dec 05, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/20010301221121/http://www.book-remarks.com/

TimBookTu features, interviews, books, poetry related resources and more.

BlackLiterature.com
http://www.blackliterature.com/

Contact: Sherri at ifn.net
Creation Date: 07-Dec-1998
Google Page Rank: (6/10)
First Archive: Oct 13, 1999 - http://web.archive.org/web/19991013032131/http://www.blackliterature.com/

Reach readers, book clubs, authors, and book sellers interested in the latest information in the African American Literary Community.

C&B Books Distribution
www.cbbooksdistribution.com

Contact: carol at cbbooksdistribution.com
Created before Feb 19th 2002
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Jun 3, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.cbbooksdistribution.com

C&B Books Distribution Started Out As An Online Bookstore. At The Time, Our Mission Was To Sell Books At A Discount To The African American Community. Since That Time, However, Our Mission Has Broadened To Include Supporting Self-Published Authors. Therefore, Besides Selling Books, We Also Commit To Helping Authors Become Known To The Public.

MahoganyBooks
www.mahoganybooks.com

Contact:  Contact Form
Created
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: July 28, 2001 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mahoganybooks.com

Created by an enterprising husband and wife duo in the Washington DC area, MahoganyBooks is positioned to become the premier online destination for books written for, by, and about people of the African Diaspora

Disilgold Soul
http://www.disilgold.com/

Contact: Covington, Heather W
Creation Date: 26-Jul-2001
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Jul 19, 2002: http://web.archive.org/web/*/disilgold.com/

   

Disilgold is the Bronx, NY's premier publishing company and online bookstore.

Shrine of The Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore
http://www.shrinebookstore.com

Contact: c.akil.lee at paocc.net
Creation Date: Dec. 26 1997
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Jan 25, 1999 -http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.shrinebookstore.com

The Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore is one of the institutions of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church. Since the first Cultural Center opened in Detroit, MI, in 1970, our purpose has been to contribute to the strengthening of Black People�s identification with the Black experience.

TheGRITS.com
http://www.thegrits.com

Contact: literaryservices at thegrits.com
created on 17-Jan-2004
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Oct 6, 2000 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.thegrits.com

 

 The G.R.I.T.S., an acronym for Guys/Girls Raised In The South, is an online book club for men and women who love reading and discussing classic and contemporary African American Literature! This club began on January 1, 2000 and continues to provide its member and visitors to its website with  book reviews, author interviews, literary tidbits and purchasing information to some of the best African American literature written yesterday and today.

Black Issues Book Review
http://bibookreview.com

Contact: webmaster at cmabiccw.com
created on 01-Aug-1998
Google Page Rank: (6/10)
First Archive: Jan 16, 1999 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://bibookreview.com

Black Issues Book Review is the only large circulation forum solely devoted to covering both fiction and nonfiction books written by black authors.

Lushena Books
http://www.lushenabks.com

Contact: info at info at lushenabks.com
Creation Date:
Apr 12, 2005
Google Page Rank: (2/10)
First Archive: Nov 24, 2005 - http://web.archive.org/web/20051124234242/http://www.lushenabks.com/

Lushena Books Inc. Is well known and respected in the African-American book distribution industry.

The Page-Turner Network
http://www.pageturner.net

Contact: pwsquare [at] pageturner.net
Creation Date:
07-Jul-1999
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Jan 22, 2000  http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.pageturner.net

Provides Web Site Design and Internet Consulting with Special Focus on the Literary Community. Also provides website design and hosting, book editing, and book jacket design.

The Book ClubHouse
http://www.thebookclubhouse.com

Contact: custsvc at thebookclubhouse.com
created on 17-Jan-2004
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: Apr 14, 2004 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.thebookclubhouse.com

 

The Romer Review
http://theromerreview.com/

Contact: n4wiz51 at yahoo.com
Creation Date: June 26, 2002
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: September 30, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://theromerreview.com/

"The RomerReviews are a diverse and proactive mix of resources, book reviews, and literary works to inform the African-American community"

Black Books Galore!
http://www.blackbooksgalore.com

Contact: support [at] droa.com
Creation Date: November 30, 1998
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Nov 2, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://blackbooksgalore.com/

Black Books Galore! is pleased to welcome you to our online bookstore. This is an independent children's book service working in association with Amazon.com. We offer a wide range of carefully selected, marvelous books for that special child in your life.

Thebacklist.net
http://www.thebacklist.net

Contact: felicia at thebacklist.net
Creation Date: Aug 20, 2004
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Oct 9, 2004 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.thebacklist.net

BackList Inc provides writing and promotional services for individuals and small presses.

A Good Book
www.agoodbook.biz

Contact: shop at agoodbook.biz
Created on: 15-Dec-2005
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: Jan 8, 2007 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://agoodbook.biz

 

Books that inspire, empower, educate & promote wellness

Hip Hop Book Club (an AALBC.com property)
http://hiphopbookclub.com/

Contact: Troy Johnson at aalbc.com
Creation Date: Jan 6, 2005
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: March 26, 2004 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://hiphopbookclub.com/

Dedicated to promoting the best of Hip-Hop Literature

Blackbookpromo.com
http://www.blackbookpromo.com/

Contact: bcoffeypromogroup at yahoo.com
Creation Date: January 9, 2005
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: No Archive available

 

21st Century Worldwide Internet Advertising, Marketing and Online Promotion

Jokae's Book's
http://www.jokaes.com/

Contact: info [at] jokaes.com
Creation Date: 19-Nov-1998
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Apr 28, 1999 http://web.archive.org/web/*/jokaes.com/

 

Jokae's African-American Books+ is located in Dallas, TX off of Interstates 20 and 67

Ebonyfly.com
www.ebonyfly.com

Contact: support at ebonyfly.com
Creation Date: August 12, 2005
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: Nov 3, 2005 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.ebonyfly.com

 

ebonyfly.com is an online community of avid readers of African-American literature. Our members come to our site to discuss novels and various other topics, meet new people, and exchange ideas. Our goal is to expose our readers to new and exciting authors each week, through our weekly sales.

books4blackwomen.com
http://www.books4blackwomen.com

Contact: lisa at books4blackwomen.com
Creation Date: May 6, 2006
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive:
May 7, 2007 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.books4blackwomen.com

 

Every title offered in this store is a bestseller, has gotten excellent reviews!

The sites below where previously ranked, but where inactive or exhibited serious problems when checked July 10th 2008

Blackbooknetwork.com
http://www.blackbooknetwork.com

Contact: imagism at bellsouth.net
Creation Date: 12-Dec-1998
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Apr 30, 1999 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.blackbooknetwork.com

Spotlighting Books Published by and for People of African Heritage

The Black Library Booksellers
http://www.theblacklibrary.com

Contact: blacklibry at aol.com
Creation Date: 23-Mar-1998
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Nov 11, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.theblacklibrary.com

The Black Library Booksellers was founded in 1993 by Kevin L. Fisher & Lloyd E. Hart, Jr. This organization evolved out of our interest and love of reading, particularly African American literature. Locally we found a lack of supply and variety of such literature. Therefore, we started gathering African American literature form sources in and outside the greater Boston area. We soon amassed a sizable inventory and were able to serve our friends and associates in the (Black) community.

Book-Remarks.com
www.book-remarks.com/

Contact: BookRemarks at aol.com
created on 08-Jun-2000
Alexa Traffic Rank: 2,538,927
Google Links from other sites: 51
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Jan 25, 1998 - http://web.archive.org/web/20010301221121/http://www.book-remarks.com

The Black Library Booksellers was founded in 1993 by Kevin L. Fisher & Lloyd E. Hart, Jr. This organization evolved out of our interest and love of reading, particularly African American literature.

The Literary Cafe
http://www.literarycafe.org

Contact: editor at literarycafe.org
Creation Date: April 23, 2003
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: Apr. 20, 2003
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://http://www.literarycafe.org

"To Inspire, motivate and educate African-American literary enthusiasts with positive, enlightening book reviews"

Zawadi Books
http://www.zawadibooks.com

Contact: indigoazure@gmail.com
Creation Date: May 14, 2005
Google Page Rank: (3/10)
First Archive: New site, no archive available

New site great looking online bookstore

Karibubooks.com
http://www.karibubooks.com

Contact: info at karibu-books.com
created on 20-Aug-1998
Google Page Rank: (5/10)
First Archive: Jan 25, 1999 - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.karibubooks.com

Karibu, pronounced KA-REE-BOO which means "welcome" in Ki-Swahili, is a specialty bookstore chain located in the Washington DC area. The company's philosophy is to empower and educate people by providing complete access to books by and about people of African descent.

Books That Click
http://www.booksthatclick.com

Contact: Earl Cox: earl at writersandpoets.com  
Creation Date: March 5, 2001
Google Page Rank: (4/10)
First Archive: Nov 2, 2002 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://booksthatclick.com/

African American Books That Click is the first and only full-color, direct-to-consumer catalog to target African American readers where they are � in places like churches, hairsalons and local neighborhoods. This quarterly catalog effectively promotes African-American authors and black-interest books at the grassroots level, unlike other book advertising vehicles on the market.

A Nu Twista Flavah  
http://www.anutwistaflavah.com

Contact: flavah at anutwistaflavah.com
Creation Date: Feb 23, 2003
Google Page Rank: (0/10)
First Archive: March 26, 2004 http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://hiphopbookclub.com/

Flavah Reviewers represent A Nu Twista Flavah. Our purpose is to write book reviews that are informative and unbiased. Our reviews do not slander or base the author's book on ratings. Our reviews are solely for the benefit of the reader. We focus only on the descriptive objectives and messages obtained from what we have read; not critical aspects.

Avid-readers.com
http://www.avid-readers.com

Contact: newfictionwriter at msn.com
Creation Date: 28-Jan-2004
Google Page Rank: (0/10)
First Archive: Mar 19, 2004 - http://web.archive.org/web/20040319235814/http://www.avid-readers.com/

Avid-readers.com sells books, provides cost-effective advertising opportunities, giveaways, book club spotlights and much, much more.

Black Heritage Books.com
http://www.blackheritagebooks.com

Contact: r.reaves at usa.com
Creation Date: Aug 2, 1999
Google Page Rank: (0/10)
First Archive: November 30, 2001  http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.blackheritagebooks.com

Black America's online Bookstore


Sites which promote an individual author or a single publisher, while perhaps very useful, are excluded from this comparison.  In addition, sites which are link farms, or produce purely automated content are excluded as well.

If there is a web site which you feel should be included on this list and has an Alexa Traffic Ranking, please email troy@aalbc.com

 

Other Web Sites Worthy of Note


Black Expressions Book Club
http://www.blackexpressions.com/
 

Contact: neil.mcteigue at bookspan.com
Creation Date: 07-feb-1999

Black Expressions Book Club is part of Bookspan's family of booklcubs (including: Doubleday Book Club, Children�s Book of the Month Club, and more).

Bookspan is a joint venture, formed in 2000,  between Doubleday Direct, Inc. and Book-of-the-Month Club Holdings LLC (a Joint Venture with partnership interests held by subsidiaries of both Bertelsmann AG, based in Germany, and Time Warner, Inc., based in New York).

 

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