As it is with authors, we booksellers have to start somewhere, and overnight success rarely happens. Years of apprenticeship is the more likely path, as is selling lower-dollar material at the outset. However, even if you aren't ready to buy and sell the bigger stuff yet, there are some maybe-not-so-obvious things you can do on the edges of the higher-dollar marketplace than can accelerate your progress. This is the topic of today's feature article.
Since there has been significant demand for this, I'm going to mention it one more time:
For those of you who missed the first announcement, I'm offering a free sample HTML template that can be used to list books on eBay from The Art of Books - a much quicker, simpler task than listing on eBay directly. This template allows up to six photos, and its border design, color scheme, etc., can be easily modified to suit your situation. It's based as closely as possible, given a few AOB wrinkles, on the standard cataloguing format in use for many years by most antiquarian booksellers - but again, this can be easily modified as well to something you're more comfortable with. Email me at email@example.com to receive a free copy of the coding, and click here for a short tutorial.
Chapter 14 of BookThink's Guide to Online Bookselling was delivered to subscribers last week. This Guide is a comprehensive, in-progress bookselling how-to available by subscription here. 14 chapters have been completed, and new subscribers will receive current and all remaining chapters as they are issued. Note: If you subscribed to the Gold Edition (now re-titled BookThink's Guide to Online Bookselling) in 2009 or earlier, you will need to purchase the guide to continue receiving chapters.
For those of you not familiar with the guide, a list of completed chapters may give you a better sense of what's going on:
1. Essential Book History for Booksellers
2. How Books Are Made
3. Why Bookselling?
4. How to Make Money Selling Books While You're Learning How to Sell Books: First Things First
5. How to Make Money Selling Books While You're Learning How to Sell Books: Closing the Gap on Your Competition
6. Trust: The Sine Qua Non of Bookselling
7. Getting Down to Business: Why Your ASP Will Make You or Break You
8. How to Identify First Editions: Books That Aren't, Part I
9. How to Identify First Editions: Books That Aren't, Part II
10. How to Identify First Editions: Books That Are, Part III
11. How to Identify First Editions: Books That Are, Part IV (The Essential Reference Library)
12. How to Buy Inventory: Part I, Building Hot Lists
13. How to Buy Inventory: Part II, Building Flashpoint Lists
14. How to Buy Inventory: Part III, An Introduction to Sourcing Inventory
BookThink's popular First Edition Library Checklist has been reformatted to PDF and now includes thumbnail photos of cover art for all FEL titles. The FEL, for those not familiar with it, is a series of extraordinarily faithful first edition facsimiles of over 100 notable publications, most of them issued with protective slipcases. Many are now out of print and all are enthusiastically collected. As booksellers, it pays for you to know of them and about them. Our checklist package includes a checklist of all 111 FEL titles, thumbnail images of cover art, indications of most and least valuable titles, indications of rarest and most common titles, detailed issue points (where applicable), explanatory notes, and the full text of Stan Shelley's superb, illustrated primer on the First Edition Library.
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Also, BookThink's complete Gold Edition is now available in PDF format. All 59 Gold Editions have been recently updated (and in some cases expanded) and combined into a PDF format e-book. A table of contents presents clickable report titles, and the entire document is searchable by keywords. The PDF format ensures 100% compatibility with all computers, tablets and smartphones, and it's easier than ever to take the Gold Edition with you on scouting trips. Purchase it here for $59.99.
Click here to see several sample pages. (And yes, we're working on converting and updating 50/50 and QMR as well.)
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