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#112, 14 January 2008

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The Paper Chase for Literary Ephemera
Part III: Bookmarks

Ephemera Editor Michele Behan returns today with Part III of her series on literary ephemera. The topic today is bookmarks, and if you don't yet know that many of them are collectible, this is as good a time as any to learn - and learn why. Knowledge is power, and power produces profits.


Professor Booknoodle's Scrapbook
A Princely Sum: Part I

Also, resident curmudgeon, Professor Booknoodle, returns as well - or, rather, returns us to another century to share in a tale of an intriguing book. Look for plenty of twists, turns and harrumphs along the way!


From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

EBay Auctions Live on BookThink
An Introduction

Something new and different for you this week: You'll now see links to live eBay auctions on BookThink. These will be updated daily and feature items that we think might be especially interesting to you as a bookseller or book collector. Since this is a brand new project for us, I don't expect that we'll hit home runs with all or even many of these auctions immediately. However, I believe that, over time, we'll get much better at selecting what works for you and what doesn't and develop this into a useful, time-saving (and perhaps profitable) resource. To this end, your feedback will be invaluable. More details appear in our first article today.

First Edition Points
Determining the Fair Market Value of a First Edition Fiction Book

Also here today is Thomas Lee, this time to discuss pricing books - and explain why some booksellers think some of the prices quoted in his 20th Century First Edition Fiction: A Price and Identification Guide are high.



Gold Edition #45
Buying and Selling Hypermodern Signed First Editions
One of the most profitable niches for the hypermodern specialist is signed first editions. Of course, not all hypermodern SFEs have significant value - in fact, it's safe to say that most don't, either because the author signed so many copies that supply outpaces demand or the author book isn't especially collectible. But is it practical for a bookseller to specialize in SFEs? Gold Edition #45 answers this questions - and much more. Purchase now.


BookThink's Quarterly Market Report of Common, Profitable Books
Issue #3
Issue #3 of BookThink's Quarterly Market Report of Common, Profitable Books is now available for purchase. Purchase or subscribe now.

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Selling on Amazon
Another Big Year at Amazon,
but Small Sellers Spin Their Wheels

Steve Weber looks back at Amazon, 2007 today. It seems that Amazon broke some sales records last year - bully for them. It also seems that many of its Marketplace associates did not. Why? In some ways, intentionally or not, Amazon has made it more difficult for its sellers, small ones in particular. See the troubling specifics in his article.

Bookselling 2008
What Can You Do to Make It A Good Year?

By contrast, I'm looking forward to 2008. Predictions? Sure, I have one, an easy one: If you think bookselling was overpopulated with incompetent and/or fraudulent booksellers in 2007, just wait. It gets worse this year. Solutions? Sure, I have one of those too, at least a suggestion for what you could do to lift your business above the masses - and rest assured it has nothing to do with your shop cat.


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