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The BookThinker Newsletter

ISSN 1547-9501

#32, 6 December 2004

BookThink Update
13 December 2004>>>

How to Buy and Sell Poetry
Sniffing Things Out in Sonnetland

The worst poet who ever lived? Yes, this could be him. Using your nose to sniff out bad poetry is a proven method for profiting in this market sector. This week's BookThinker Update analyzes the market and suggests strategies for making it reap rewards for you.

From the Editor

Why Bookselling Isn't Working for You
Part III: Who Said This Was Supposed to Be Fun?

Our series, "Why Bookselling Isn't Working for You," continues today with what may be the key to your slumping sales. Once again, we pay a visit to the baseball diamond and kick through the clay for answers.




BookThink's 50/50
New! A Market Report for Booksellers

Starting January, 2005, BookThink will launch a semi-monthly market report - BookThink's 50/50 - that will list and annotate in detail 50 books per issue that typically sell for more than $50 online and - here's the best part - will include only those books that will surface at sales and other venues with some regularity. In other words, this is information you can use and profit from often. Uncommon books will simply not be included. Subscribe now, and receive a 25% discount on the annual subscription rate. More details here.

BookThink's Gold Edition
Common Magazines, Uncommon Profits
Part I: The Basics

Big profits in common magazines? Well, if there are any secrets to making a good living in the book biz, selling magazines – yes, common ones included – may be one of the best kept. And yet, given the huge numbers that many magazines were printed in, not to mention the frequency with which even vintage or antique examples surface at estate sales, auctions and other venues, it seems, at first glance, unlikely that many of them would be worth bothering with. Au contraire, ALMOST ALL OF THEM are worth bothering with – in fact, they can be as profitable as high end books. How can this be? Get the answer is in this month’s Gold Edition. Purchase this issue today or subscribe to BookThink's Gold Edition for monthly insider information for booksellers. Click here for details.

Previous Update -
BookThink Update
29 November 2004>>>


Teleportation in Science Fiction
The Fulfillment of Juvenile Desire

No doubt all of us have fantasized now and again about possessing special powers - making ourselves invisible, flying, mind reading. In today's BookThinker, Timothy Doyle explores one of Science Fiction's most dramatic powers - teleportation - and explains its relationship with juvenile wish fulfillment.





Looking Back at Jumper, Forward to Reflex
Steven Gould, and the Return of Davy Rice

Fans of SF author Steven Gould have waited 12 long years for a sequel to his first novel, Jumper, and the moment has finally arrived. Reflex, scheduled to be released next month, resumes the adventures of intrepid teleport, Davy Rice. Click here for Tim Doyle's preview.

BookThink Update
22 November 2004>>>

BookThink's Author Profiles
BookThink begins a new, monthly feature today - and, you're right, up all night thinking up a name for this one - Author Profile. The plan is this: each month we'll take a close look at one or more authors - conduct an interview, review a book, and do a brief market analysis of the author's books in the resale market. Some of these authors will be household names, others well known within their genre, others relatively obscure, but all, we think, will deliver something of interest to you as bookseller, collector or reader.


>>>>>> BookThink News Alert >>>>>>
ScoutPal Partners with Abebooks

If you've used, profited from and, well, loved your ScoutPal doggy until now, get ready to start adoring it because Dave Anderson has recently reached an agreement with Abebooks that will extend its searching reach to territory previously inaccessible to booksellers and all but overcome its limitation of linking only to Amazon, ISBN-era listings. Click here for the complete article.



Visions in a Light Bulb
A Profile of Jack Scoltock

Laura Esper kicks off BookThink's new feature, Author Profiles, with a visit with Irish author Jack Scoltock. If you're a US reader, you might be doing a "Jack who?" here, but Scoltock is most definitely a household name in Derry, Ireland, where he has been busily publishing things of interest, especially to children and divers, for years. He recently recovered rights to most of his books and has cast his gaze to this side of the Atlantic for a new market. BookThink has agreed to make the introduction: America, meet Jack Scoltock.

Book Review: In the Shadow of the Oak


BookThink's Gold Edition
Banking Big Money on Banned Books

Banned, censored and otherwise suppressed books comprise one of the most profitable bookselling niches we know. In order to spot the winners, however, it's important to understand why they are winners - namely, to have a working knowledge of the underlying principles that make them so desirable to collectors. This issue of the Gold Edition explains this and more, providing you also with valuable lists of publishers, authors and titles to look for. Purchase this issue today or subscribe to BookThink's Gold Edition for monthly insider information for booksellers. Click here for details.

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