al BookThinker Newsletter #23, July 19, 2004

Craig Stark









BookThink provides resources for online and open shop book dealers, book collectors, and serious readers. Resources already in place or scheduled to be added in the coming months include first edition designations and issue points for 1,000ís of publishers; detailed and illustrated book terminology; a moderated book forum; an extensive library of active and pertinent book-related links; reviews of books about books; and tutorials on practical book repair, grading, buying for resale, selling books online and off, building a personal collection, and more.

The BookThinker Newsletter
ISSN 1547-9501

#23, 19 July 2004

BookThinker Update
26 July 2004>>>


Update Announcements
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We've Met the Aliens
And They Are Us!
Collecting Science Fiction

Aliens have been the fodder of Science Fiction for decades. In today's BookThinker, Timothy Doyle surveys the best of this sub-genre - and yes, there are potential profits for booksellers.

From the Editor

Finding the Time to Save Time
Adding Keywords to Your Sales Descriptions (without Tears)

No, this isn't an icy, barren asteroid barreling towards planet Earth, but it might be the key to unlocking the free time you didn't know you had. If you're guilty of wasting huge amounts of time doing things the way you've always been doing them because you don't think you have the time to learn anything new, well, grab the nearest geode and let's take a ride in BookThink's time machine.

BookThink's Scanning Jig
How to Make It

A book caught in a mousetrap? Not quite, but it's as simple as a mousetrap, and it may just help you scan your next book. BookThink introduces the scanning jig in today's newsletter.


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Super Niche
Profiting From the Arts & Crafts Movement
Books, periodicals, catalogs, ephemera, etc. No doubt some or all of the following flashpoints will sound a familiar note: Stickley, bungalow, Roseville, kit houses, Roycroft, Alladin Readi-Cut, mission furniture, Prairie Style, Tiffany, quarter-sawn oak, Louis Sullivan, etc. Arts & Crafts generated - one and all. There are 100's more, many of which appear in today's Premium Content.

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Update Announcements
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Profits in Public Domain Publications
Marketing Angles You Might Not Have Thought Of

In good times, the tendency is to specialize; in bad, to diversify. If you've been selling books exclusively and have fallen on hard times - and I'm hearing that some of you have - it's possible that you've given some thought to selling other things as well to compensate for a loss of income. Or perhaps you already are doing this. But diversification doesn't have to mean getting out of the books biz. There are things you can do with books that are, well, different than things you've been doing. Today I'm going to talk about several bookselling angles that might not have occurred to you.


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What's Hot and What's Not in Encyclopedias
As a frequent reader of book forums, I've noticed that encyclopedias often appear, along with microwave cookbooks, on lists of things to avoid purchasing for resale - unless, perhaps, they are still in shrink wrap and at least warm to the touch off the press. In bookselling, however, it seems that no matter what book or grouping of books is tagged with the loser label, there are inevitably exceptions. I frankly don't know if near-legendary, quirky microwave oven inventor Percy L. Spencer ever signed a microwave cookbook, but if he did, you and I know that it has significant value. To scientists and inventors, that is. Not cooks. Encyclopedias, as a group, are populated with far more exceptions than our treasured m.c.'s, so many, in fact, that they frequently reward savvy booksellers with profits in three figures. Today's Premium Content gets specific on what to look for.

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