From The Editor

by Craig Stark

#118, 7 April 2008

I doubt that a survey has ever been done, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that booksellers who really know their history are the most likely to succeed in this business. It gives you such an advantage when scouting - but, if you're behind in this department, Ephemera Editor Michele Behan will start catching you up today with Part II of her "Buying and Selling Ephemera" series. "African -Americana."

Also today, something for you new guys on the block - suggestions on how to protect your inventory from damage while you're waiting for it to sell. Topics include, among other things, a tutorial on applying polyester sleeves to softcovers.

Finally, thanks to those of you who participated in the "hidden" QMR contest last week. I deliberately left out the commentary (which attempts to provide clues as to why a given title has the value it does) on one of the featured 100 titles - The World of William Penn - and invited readers to offer their opinions instead, the prize being a free year's subscription to QMR. Well, two of you nailed it, but only the first one in gets the subscription - Sharon Heimann. Congratulations, Sharon! Look for the commentary I would've included in QMR in today's "QMR Book of the Week."

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