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#58, 19 December 2005

BookThink Update
26 December 2005>>>

Update Announcements


Buying and Selling Children's Books
Witches, Mice and Cats - Oh My!

You may recall that when Guusje Moore submitted her first children's books column to me last month, I was somewhat hesitant to publish it in the free newsletter - not because it wasn't any good but because it was too good. Packed with flashpoints. Rich in insider information. Well, bless her heart, she's at it again this month, spilling beans by the bucketful in her second column - "Witches, Mice and Cats - Oh My!" If you're smart, you'll get your scouting notebooks out and pay attention. There's more gold coming your way.

Top 10 on eBay
November 2005

In November's Top Ten on eBay, George Orwell took the lead with two winners in the fiction category, two in the non-fiction group, and an association copy as well. He wasn't the only interesting quirk this month. The non-fiction top seller brought in over 4 times the price atop the fiction list. One seller hit the jackpot with two fiction and two non-fiction titles. Other intriguing twists include an author's handwritten comments about his ex-wife, two charity auctions, and an 18th century history of Armenia, apparently written in Armenian.



From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.




An Interview with Michael Tokman

Earlier this year, two book venues, Alibris and Biblio, launched robust promotional campaigns as well as significant site changes in an effort to capture bigger pieces of the bookselling pie. A third, ChooseBooks/ZVAB, is in the process of doing the same. ChooseBooks isn't new to the game, of course, and founder Michael Tokman is familiar to many of us. What is new is the recent merger of ChooseBooks with German-based ZVAB, a dominant European venue. Needless to say, mergers often shift the balance of power among competing entities, and this one may do the same. BookThink's Media Editor Catherine Petruccione discussed these matters and more with Michael recently. Her interview appears in today's issue.

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.



Previous BookThinker Update -
BookThink Update
12 December 2005>>>

Update Announcements



Book Repair for BookThinkers
The Basics

BookThink introduces a new monthly column today, "Book Repair for BookThinkers." If you've been reluctant to attempt repairs in the past, Gail Altman will give you the confidence and know-how to begin. Her first article discusses the tools and supplies you'll need and how to accomplish two basic repairs - tightening loose hinges and repairing torn pages. Gail also operates a book repair service and welcomes your more challenging projects. See today's Update Announcements for more details.

Gold Edition #22
The God Edition
Reselling Conservative Christian Theology
Part II

Issue #22 of the Gold Edition is now available for purchase. This is Part II 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.



50/50 Issue #7 - Hot Spots in Magazines
Now Available

Issue #7 of 50/50 is now available for purchase. The focus is on magazines, and we've imposed some pretty demanding criteria: one, individual issues only (no groupings or lots); two, post-1960 publication dates only; three, relatively common to very common publications; and four, typical values of $50 and up online. Think it can't be done? Well, there are 100s and 100s of them listed in my scouting notebook, and you're getting fully 75 of them in one issue - a bonus of 50 over the usual installment. Subscribe today here.

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