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The BookThinker Newsletter
ISSN 1547-9501

#25, 16 August 2004

BookThink 1st Anniversary Update
1 September 2004>>>

1 Year Anniversary
Today, September 1, is BookThink's 1 year anniversary. To mark the occasion we're launching a new book links page. All links are up to date and will be monitored and added to regularly.

BookThinker Update
30 August 2004>>>


A Bookseller's Guide to Using the Internet
Pricing Inventory
Part I - Where to Search for Comps

A multi-part series, BookThink's Bookseller's Guide to Using the Internet, begins in today's BookThinker with an analysis of the best online resources for pricing inventory.

BookThinker Update
23 August 2004>>>

The SF Short Story Anthologies
of Groff Conklin
Collecting the Collector
Collecting Science Fiction

It might not occur to us that "anthology" would be a BookThink flashpoint. After all, anthologies are simply reprinted stories, articles or essays, and what's the likelihood of a collector placing value on reprints? In today's BookThinker Update, Tim Doyle shows how special circumstances surrounding the emergence of the Science Fiction genre in the first half of the 20th century have conspired, oddly enough, to make some SF anthologies decidedly collectible. Groff Conklin, a particularly notable SF anthologist, is profiled in Collecting Science Fiction.

An Interview with Bud Webster
Author of 41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin
Collectors of Groff Conklin are looking forward to the imminent publication of SF author Bud Webster's Conklin bibliography - 41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin. Tim Doyle interviews Webster in today's newsletter.

A Bibliographer's Job Is Never Done
BookThink's Tim Doyle and SF author Bud Webster did some interesting sleuthing this week. Find out what the mystery was and how it was solved in today's BookThinker Update.


From the Editor

Building a Bookselling Reference Library
Part I: First Edition Identification

If your bookselling reference library is outdated, inadequate or non-existent, it's high time to upgrade, and the most productive place to start is with first edition identification guides. There are lots of them out there, some good, some bad, some cheap, some expensive. BookThink looks at the best of them, discusses in detail what they are and what they are not, and offers some budget friendly recommendations.


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BookThinker Update
9 August 2004>>>



Betting Yesterday on Tomorrow
Ann Nolan Clark and the
Native American Picture Books of Change

One of the riskier things a bookseller or investor can do is speculate in the book market. Buying at market prices today and selling for significant profit tomorrow requires a combination of luck, knowledge, and something I'd call foreknowledge that few of us can bring to the table. Still, when certain factors seem to fit together like a tightly crafted dovetail joint, it's hard to resist taking, as Bertram Wooster would put it, the occasional flutter on the ponies. What I'm doing today is sticking my neck out, predicting significant profits tomorrow for a little known market niche that spans only a handful of years in the mid 20th century.

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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. To subscribe or purchase, click here.

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