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ISSN 1547-9501

#64, 13 March 2006

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How To Double Your Book Sales Overnight
The Spots They Are A-Changin- - Again!

I started writing bookselling how-to articles, oh, about 5 or 6 years ago. Based on feedback I've received over time, I know that some of them have had a significant impact on your sales. It's always difficult to predict how much impact any given article will have in advance of publishing it, and it's certainly dangerous to predict that anything will score at all - I've been surprised too often, and not always pleasantly! - but I'm truly hoping that today's article might be one of those that does hit the target, maybe the bulls eye. Read it, give my suggestion a try, and report back when results are in.


Buying and Selling Children's Books
Separating the Wheat From the Chaff at Sales and Thrifts

Children's Books Editor Guusje Moore takes us on a virtual tour of thrifts and garage sales today and shows us how to spot the good stuff - and just as importantly, how to avoid the junk. Once again, there are plenty of important children's books flashpoints to record in your scouting books.


From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.



Buying and Selling Paperback Fiction
Romance 101: Part II

What book genre are you most likely to see in a thrift shop? Romance, of course, and MMPB format romances, at first glance, seem to offer little or no potential for bookselling profit. Some of you know differently, however, and so does BookThink's Teresa Kopec, who completes her two-part series on buying and selling romance with a discussion of specific authors, titles and series to look for - and please note that vampires are all the rage.

Book Repair for BookThinkers
How to Remove (or Disguise) Roach Excrement Stains

If you're squeamish, you might want to steel yourself some before taking a look at Book Repair Editor Gail Altman's article in today's issue. The topic is one that's near and dear to Floridian booksellers - uh, how shall I put this delicately? Evidence of cockroach visitation on books? And I'm not talking about nibbled board cloth. Anyway, Gail offers some unorthodox solutions to this largely regional phenomenon and - just what you wanted! - pictures too.


Gold Edition #25
How To Become a Full-Time Bookseller
Part III: Starting and Maintaining a Scouting Book
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Issue #10 of 50/50 is now available for purchase; it's a special issue on children's books. Subscribe today here.

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Collecting Science Fiction
Collecting and Reselling Science Fiction and Fantasy Series
Part II: Modern Series

Science Fiction editor Timothy Doyle takes up where he left off last month with bookseller friendly series novels, only this time it's modern series, and let me tell you, there are some 50/50 level suggestions in his article. Read it carefully.

Top 10 on eBay
January 2006

BookThink's Top Ten on eBay lists can be a useful tools for increasing your bookselling knowledge. eBay is often characterized as the cyber equivalent of the Wild West - a lawless environment where anything goes. But don't forget that there are highly competent booksellers doing business there as well who do play by some stiff rules, who do put together auctions that, if we study them over time, help us become better at what we do. Pamela Palmer makes it easy for you. See the January winners today.


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