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#91, 26 March 2007

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Bookmarking History
"Get Thee to a Nunnery"
Nun Bibliophilia and Some Collectible Nun Books

When I first began selling on eBay, there were entire classes of books that just couldn't go wrong - that is, any title that fell within the boundaries of one of these would sell for a price worth bothering with. Wild turkey hunting (one of my favorites), is a good example - and anything by or about nuns! Today it's much different. There are few topics that consistently deliver profits from top to bottom, and neither wild turkey hunting nor nuns are among them. However, what this early experience taught me was that collectors still hang around in these same places, albeit looking for somewhat less common items to add to their collections. In today's BookThinker, History Editor William Klimon looks at what nun enthusiasts are still paying big bucks for today.


Buying and Selling Children's Books
Never Buy Book Club Editions

Children's Books Editor Guusje Moore returns with some advice that may conflict with what you think you know as you know nothing else: Some children's book club editions are most definitely profitable. Lots of good scouting information is provided, as usual, including - you guessed it - some nun books.

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A Guide to Understanding
Number Lines in Books
It's Not as Simple as You Might Think

Today's BookThinker starts with an article that has been on my to-do list forever: "A Guide to Understanding Number Lines in Books." If you think that number lines are too simple by half to bother with, I suggest you take the short test included in the article. If you score over 50%, I'll be impressed. Keep in mind, also, that accurate interpretation of number lines can be crucial in determining edition state.

Selling on Amazon
Booksellers Drowning in
Amazon's Rising Tide of Catalog Pages
Also up today is an Amazon seller's lament. Contributing Editor Steve Weber recently looked into the growing Amazon catalog fiasco and reports back with some pointed observations on just how bad it's gotten. Solutions are hard to come by so far, but it's important to be aware of the problems because they could affect your sales significantly.


Gold Edition #36
Bookselling on the Cutting Edge
Part II: Personally, I Could Care Less about Britney Spears, but She's on My Watch List Anyway
Issue #36 of the Gold Edition - Bookselling on the Cutting Edge - Part II: Personally, I Could Care Less about Britney Spears, but She's on My Watch List Anyway- is now available for purchase. Purchase now.


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Chess Books and Related Items
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How to Identify
Book Club Editions
Book club edition identification can be a crucial step in the process of identifying first editions. Knowing a handful of publisher’s designations for BCE’s will help you spot them like the pros. Find out more here.

Collecting the Science Fiction Book Club
If you collect Science Fiction Book Club editions, look here for a detailed examination and chart of gutter codes used to identify the all-important first printings.

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