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The BookThinker Newsletter
#21, 21 June 2004
28 June 2004>>>
From the Editor
Organizing Books for Pleasure and Profit
BookThink history columnist Alison Lake takes a
detailed look at how book collectors and booksellers
organize their books. Interestingly enough, Dewey
Decimal System originator Melvil Dewey has next to
nothing to do with it!
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What's Hot and What's Not in Encyclopedias
As a frequent reader of book forums, I've noticed that encyclopedias often appear, along with
microwave cookbooks, on lists of things to avoid purchasing for resale - unless, perhaps, they
are still in shrink wrap and at least warm to the touch off the press. In bookselling, however,
it seems that no matter what book or grouping of books is tagged with the loser label, there are
inevitably exceptions. I frankly don't know if near-legendary, quirky microwave oven inventor
Percy L. Spencer ever signed a microwave cookbook, but if he did, you and I know that it has
significant value. To scientists and inventors, that is. Not cooks. Encyclopedias, as a group,
are populated with far more exceptions than our treasured m.c.'s, so many, in fact, that they
frequently reward savvy booksellers with profits in three figures. Today's Premium Content gets specific on what to look for. NOTE: Gold Edition replaced regular Premium Content on August 2, 2004. Learn
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14 June 2004>>>
Book Buying for the Blind
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Arrived at any book sales late lately? Instead of
stomping out empty-handed, it might be instructive
stay a few minutes and, paradoxically, learn something
about the books that have already been sold Ė thatís
right, the ones you canít see because they arenít
there. Canít be done? Well, a trip to Indostan for
an elephant ride might change your mind.
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Slumming It In Bookland
Slumlord Profits on Time-Life Books
Time-Life Books, the bookselling equivalent of Reader's Digest Condensed Books? Not quite.
$100's if not $1,000's of dollars in profits await the bookseller who knows which sets to buy and
which to leave alone. We'll show you what's hot, what's warm, and what's not in
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