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ISSN 1547-9501

#113, 28 January 2008

BookThink Update
4 February 2008>>>

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The Kind of Bookseller
EBay Now Wants Forces You to Be
Is It Such a Terrible Thing?

The buzz this week, of course, swirls around the announced changes at eBay. Never before have I seen so many changes in one shot - changes to fees, feedback and more. Predictably, the response has been largely negative, but there's a curious difference this time: Most of these changes play right into the hands of the bookseller BookThink has been urging you to be and in some cases may even result in a net reduction of fees. Can you spell "PowerSeller"? The term will actually mean something now.

The Accidental Antiquarian
Becoming an Antiquarian Bookseller
Part I: Knowledge Adds Value

Surely your success as a bookseller depends to a large extent on your ability to locate and purchase high quality inventory, but to truly advance in this profession, sooner or later you'll need to develop the ability to add value to books. As Accidental Antiquarian Chris Lowenstein explained last month, this ability is what distinguishes antiquarian booksellers from other booksellers. Today she discusses various approaches to learning how to master it.



Gold Edition #46
How To Establish a
Trusted Internet Bookselling Presence

What makes for success in the current bookselling environment? This Gold Edition issue focuses on one of the most important - establishing trust with buyers and includes Tools for Establishing Trust with Buyers. Purchase now.

From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

How To Start A Clicks-and-Bricks Used Bookstore
Store Location and Lease Negotiation
Part I: Location, Location, Location

If you haven't noticed, BookThink has its own bookstore guru in the form of Jill Hendrix, who's been quietly authoring an extraordinarily detailed and useful guide to starting a clicks-and-bricks used bookstore for some months now, "clicks-and-bricks," of course, referring to a bookselling business that operates both on the ground and online. If my count is correct, today's article, which discusses store location and lease negotiation, represents the tenth installment in her series. I highly recommend these articles for online booksellers too.


BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
October 2007

Also, Pamela Palmer presents October's Top 10 on eBay. Her introduction: "Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous titles dominated the October non-fiction list, filling half the slots, while Harry Potter took 3 places on the fiction list. The big news, though, came from the Antiquarian & Collectible Top 5 where a 3' 50 lb. heavyweight came in at #1 after garnering 41 bids and $25,655."


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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BookThink Update
21 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!


First Edition Guides: General

  • 20th Century First Edition Fiction: A Price and Identification Guide
    2008 Edition, Thomas Lee

    Buy it at BookThink

  • American First Editions, Merle Johnson, revised and enlarged by Jacob Blanck (Fourth Edition)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Author Price Guides, Allen and Patricia Ahearn (4 vols.; also available for individual authors; also issued as complete set on CD; 174 authors to date. Note: Some issued in looseleaf binder so determine contents before buying.)
    Buy it at Amazon - vol. 1, 1990 or Amazon - vol. 2, 1998 or Abebooks

  • A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-Five Modern American Authors, Gary M. Lepper
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Bibliography of American Literature, Jacob Blanck (9 Volumes)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Bibliotheca Americana: Dictionary of Books Relating to America From its Discovery to the Present Time, Joseph Sabin (29 Volumes or 2-Volume Microprint)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • The Book Collector's Handbook of Values, Van Allen Bradley (1982-1983 Edition)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Collected Books, Allen and Patricia Ahearn
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • First Editions: A Guide to Identification, Edward N. Zempel and Linda A. Verkler
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • First Printings of American Authors, Matthew J. Bruccoli (5 Volumes)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Guide to First Edition Prices 2008/9, R.B. Russell
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Modern British Authors, B.D. Cutler and Villa Stiles
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Modern First Editions: Points and Values, Gilbert H. Fabes and William A. Foyle (First, Second and Third Series)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions, Bill McBride
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Points of Issue: A Compendium of Points of Issue of Books by 19th - 20th Century Authors, Bill McBride
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

  • Wright Howes: The Final Edition (of U.S.iana)
    Buy it at Abebooks or Amazon

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