From the Editor

by Craig Stark

#47, 11 July 2005

Part III of our series on building an effective eBay presentation continues today with an examination of bibliographic data, condition description and terms of sale. Oh boy. Not exactly non-stop fun for booksellers, but it's important to pay attention to these details anyway because they contribute to the all important buyer trust factor.

Also, contributing Editor Pamela Palmer is back with another BookThink Book Topics, this time gathering together a series of archived articles on building a bookseller's reference library. There's lots of reference stuff out there, some good, some bad, and everything in between. If you're not sure what's worth buying, we'll make some suggestions.

By the way, this month's 50/50 will take an interesting side trip into Science Fiction and Fantasy. There are plenty of relatively common, high performing titles in this realm, and Science Fiction Editor Tim Doyle is stepping in to pilot the 50/50 ship to heavenly profits. Look for it at mid month, and if you haven't gotten on board yet, here's where to go:

Finally, August's Gold Edition will showcase one of the more profitable niches available to booksellers - investment books. We've featured a few of the best stock market and real estate investment titles in 50/50 already, but this will be the full treatment. If there are any titles you've had unusually good success with, I'd appreciate your input. Write me at

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