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by Craig Stark

#128, 12 October 2008

First up today is Pamela Palmer's Top 10 on eBay, August 2008. Here's Pam's preview: "Politics, art, and Alcoholics Anonymous highlighted the August non-fiction Top 10. Obama's Dreams from My Father came in at #10 to supply the political tie. But art made a bigger splash. Three Taschen publications - Peter Beard Collector's Edition, Jeff Koons Collector's Edition and David LaChapelle's Artists and Prostitutes- came in at #1, #4, and #6. Alcoholics Anonymous filled the #2, #3, and #8 slots. Perhaps the most unusual entry in the list was Ralph P. Millard's Cleft Craft: The Evolution of Its Surgery, a 3-volume set. The big winner, though, was in the Antiquarian and Collectible Top 5. A German seller had 4 of the 5 sales. Now that's dominating a category!"

Next is QMR Book of the Month, this time featuring a book detailing John Lennon's infamous "Lost Weekend" period.

A note to Gold Edition subscribers: The September issue, which should have been in your hands on the 30th, will not be delivered at least until Tuesday evening, October 14. The story behind this is almost incredible. On September 23, I ordered a copy of a book that's featured in this issue, assuming that I'd get it by the 30th, snap a photo of it, and insert it into the Gold Edition. As of today, it's yet to arrive. Worse, I ordered an additional three copies from three different booksellers in early October - none of which have yet to arrive! You would think that, in times of economic uncertainty, that booksellers would be placing a premium on customer service, no? In any case, I apologize for the delay. You can read the introductory paragraphs of this issue in today's final article.

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