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The BookThinker Newsletter

ISSN 1547-9501

#55, 7 November 2005

BookThink Update
14 November 2005>>>

Update Announcements

Letters to the Editor - Letters from
Ann Colson & Maggie Wallace




Buying and Selling Children's Books
Panning for Gold
Children's Books at Friends of the Library (FOL) Sales

I'm delighted to announce a new BookThink columnist to you today - Guusje Moore. Guusje's specialty is children's books, and she brings a vast amount of experience to the task: she has been a children's librarian for over 30 years and an eBay seller, specializing in children's books, for 5. In her first column she'll take you on an exceptionally profitable trip to a hypothetical FOL sale. My first thought when I read this was: We're giving this away??? This should be a Gold Edition issue! Oh, well, you freeloaders get to reap the benefits this week - and maybe this will inspire you to take the plunge with one of our premium subscriptions.

BookThink Consulting - Phase I
BookThink's eBay Critique

NEW! Are your eBay auction presentations lacking that certain something? Are you frustrated with listing high quality items again and again and not getting top prices for them? If so, BookThink's new consulting service, eBay Critique, may be the answer. eBay Critique consists of two elements - one, a detailed analysis of your existing eBay auctions identifying specific problem areas; and two, suggestions for improvements. Primary areas of concern include image quality, presentation layout and textual content. Read our FAQ for more details and get started today.



BookThink Special
All Back Issues for $129.99
(#1-#6 of 50/50 & #1-#21 of the Gold Edition)

Gold Edition #21
The God Edition
Reselling Conservative Christian Theology
Part I

Issue #21 of the Gold Edition is now available for purchase. This is Part I of a two-part series on conservative Christian books, and we'll be introducing a new BookThink writer - Bob Schilling. Bob is a veteran bookseller of 20 years who knows this niche inside out. I think you"ll be genuinely impressed, not to mention profit-enriched, with the broad and deep insider information he's shared with us. If you"re not a subscriber, this would be a great time to join us on the journey to bookselling success. purchase now.



From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.



Life at the Bottom
Making Penny Bookselling Work for You

Is selling high-end books the only viable method of succeeding at bookselling? Not at all. It's entirely possible to make money at middle levels - and yes, at the low end as well, though ceilings will ultimately be encountered. But how low can low be and still deliver a decent income? At the very bottom? As low as $.01? Surely penny selling could never be part of a successful bookselling mix, could it? You may be surprised to learn that it most certainly can be. Booksellers Shane Smith and Dave Farquhar are living proof of it, and if you'd like to see how it's done, read our interview with them in today's BookThinker.

Previous BookThinker Update -
BookThink Update
31 October 2005>>>

Update Announcements

BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
BookThink's monthly "Top 10 on eBay" makes its third appearance in today's update. As months go by, patterns pointing to revenue-producing potential should begin to emerge - actually, they already have to some extent. Several authors have come up multiple times, many high-dollar items are signed (which opens the authentication can of worms), and of course, if it's fiction, edition state matters hugely and is best established via citations to standard bibliographic works.



BookThink's Bookseller Profiles
Brenda J. Grolle

BookThink's Bookseller Profiles resumes today as well, this time contributed by bookselling friend Brenda Grolle. Lots of good, well-articulated advice here. Pay attention!

50/50 Issue #6
Now Available

Item #1 in the list features the most popular (and common) cookbook ever published, and yes, believe it or not, you can realize 50/50-level profits with this title again and again - as long as you know which editions to look for. Now published with 25 books each month, this issue lists and annotates in detail 25 books that typically sell for $50 and up online and - here's the best part - includes only those books that surface with some regularity at sales and other viable venues for purchasing inventory. If you've been putting off subscribing, you're also putting off profits. Get started today here.

BookThink Update
24 October 2005>>>

Update Announcements
Three weeks ago, anticipating that the Alibris/Amazon divorce would soon be finalized, I offered myself up as a guinea pig and registered as a new Pro Merchant seller at Amazon with the intention of reporting back on what I assumed would be a somewhat painful transition. Well, most of my assumptions about what I thought would happen were dead wrong. Details are here.

Letters to the Editor - A Letter from
Teresa Kopec

Collecting Mystery & Detective Fiction
Ian Fleming
The Promise of Goldeneye

Collecting Mystery & Detective Fiction is back today. Contributing Editor Pamela Palmer looks at one of the heavyweights in this genre - James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Lots of bookselling potential here.

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