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ISSN 1547-9501

#53, 3 October 2005

BookThink Update
10 October 2005>>>

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Flatsigned or Inscribed
The FlatSigned Side of the Story

FlatSigned or inscribed - which is better? More valuable? More readily authenticated? Most booksellers, I'd guess, have formed clear opinions about this, and, since so much is at stake, most likely they're strongly held. Forgeries have proliferated since eBay opened its doors in the late 1990s, and establishing signature authenticity has become an especially demanding, sometimes impossible task for booksellers. Depending on how effectively we accomplish it, values can soar or plunge. Tim Miller of FlatSigned makes an appearance in today's BookThinker to argue in favor of FlatSigned books.


Flatsigned or Inscribed
The Inscribed Side of the Story

In the interest of advancing the FlatSigned/inscribed debate, BookThink also presents Science Fiction Editor Tim Doyle's response to Miller's article.



Collecting Science Fiction
BookThink Review
Bud Webster's The Joy of Booking

Tim Doyle reviews Bud Webster's new book, The Joy of Booking: Webster's Guide to Buying and Selling Used SF & Fantasy Books. If you're new to the business and are interested in getting it right, this is definitely worth a look.


Gold Edition #20
Big Money in Money Books
Part III: Real Estate Investment Books

There's big money in money books. Whether the topic is stocks, real estate or something else, this is one of the hottest, most profitable bookselling niches going, and, since many important titles have been recently published, they are relatively easy to find. If you aren't capitalizing on this yet, this is your opportunity to start reaping bookselling dividends. Part III of this BookThink series, Real Estate Investment Books, is available for purchase now.



From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.



Anatomy of a Flashpoint
There's Bookselling Gold in Letters

"Anatomy of a Flashpoint" returns after a long absence to profile a little-known but profit-generating flashpoint - collections of letters.


BookThink's Author Profiles
An Interview with Kathi Diamant

Today's Author Profile features Kathi Diamant, author of Kafka's Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant.


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26 September 2005>>>

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Adventures in Book Scouting
Part II: Take The Old Car

Catherine Petruccione's 2-part bookscouting series concludes today with an elaboration of rule #2: bring the old car. With the right attitude misadventure can quickly turn into true adventure. If you don't remember what rules #1 and #3 are, here's a refresher:

Special Boys and Girls Series Books Edition
50/50 Issue #5
Now Available

Sometimes it makes sense to buy series books, sometimes not. Issue #5 of 50/50 profiles 25 of the most profitable (and common) series titles for booksellers, along with first edition guidelines and detailed publication data.

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