Hiking Acadia National Park a bestseller at local bookstores

BAR HARBOR – The bookstore at Acadia National Park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sherman’s Books & Stationery on Main Street both report that our Hiking Acadia National Park and Best Easy Day Hikes Acadia National Park are selling fast.

Acadia hiking books

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We stopped by recently to chat with Ann Marie Cummings of Eastern National, which runs the visitor center bookstore, and to autograph some books at Sherman’s.

The big book, Hiking Acadia, was the fifth highest item in sales volume during 2013 at the visitor center bookstore. A total of 451 of the guides was sold last year.

“It’s a beautiful book,” said Cummings, Eastern National Unit Manager, Acadia National Park, Hulls Cove Visitor Center. The 285-page book includes color photos to go along with full descriptions of 77 hikes in the park in Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and Schoodic Peninsula.

Best Easy Day Hikes Acadia National Park was the twelfth highest item by sales volume. A total of 769 of the books was sold in 2013.

“To be in the top 20 in two items is pretty good,” Cummings said. Both guides are published by Falcon. The books are also available for sale at Acadia National Park’s headquarters on ME Route 233, and the Village Green Information Center, which is opening June 23 this year.

Eastern National bookstore at Acadia National Park's Hulls Cove Visitor Center

Eastern National runs the bookstore at Acadia National Park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center

Over at Sherman’s, where we like to stop in to autograph books whenever we’re in town, nine of the big books had just sold in the week before Memorial Day, the bookseller told us.

We worked closely with rangers and other staff and supporters of Acadia National Park in writing our guides. We’re glad to know the effort shows, and is helping to boost sales at local bookstores.

To find out more about Eastern National, the nonprofit that supports the National Park Service, go to the group’s home page. To find out more about Sherman’s, Maine Coast booksellers since 1886, go to this home page.