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ISSN 1547-9501

#68, 7 May 2006

BookThink Update
15 May 2006>>>

Update Announcements


BookThink's Ten Most Common Myths About Book Values
Or, How to Win an Argument with a Misguided Seller

An excerpt from May's Gold Edition appears today, probably the first one ever in the BookThinker. This isn't to give you non-subscriber's a peek at what we do; rather, it's to offer some general information on book values that may be helpful to keep in mind when you run into somebody who thinks their books are worth more than you're willing to pay for them.


Collecting The First Edition Library
Frightening Fascimiles

The First Edition Library is one of the more remarkable publishing phenomena to surface in recent years. Contrary to what one might assume from the name, FELs aren't first editions at all but unusually faithful facsimiles of original first editions of notable books. The good news for booksellers is that FELs are both relatively common and enthusiastically collected, and in today's BookThinker, Stan Shelley will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about them.



Gold Edition #27
How To Become a Full-Time Bookseller
Part V: Evaluating Book Collections for Purchase and Negotiating a Deal
Issue #27 of the Gold Edition is now available for purchase. This is Part V of a five-part series on How to Become a Full-Time Bookseller Purchase now.

From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

The Lie Agreed Upon
The Secret History Book in Science Fiction
Collecting Science Fiction

Science Fiction Editor Timothy Doyle has delivered, in my opinion, one of his best efforts for today's BookThinker. The topic is the Secret History book. If you don't know what an SHB is, you'll have to read the article, but I will tell you that flashpoints abound.


An Introduction to
Amazon's Buyer's Waiting List, Part I
Selling on Amazon

I'd like to welcome yet another BookThink writer today - Steve Weber. Some of you may recognize Steve as the author of The Home-Based Bookstore, a nuts-and-bolts guide to starting an online bookselling business. Steve also knows his Amazon stuff, and that's where he comes into play at BookThink. A new monthly column, "Selling Books on Amazon," begins today. I think you'll find his advice valuable.

50/50 Issue #12
Now Available

Issue #12 of 50/50 is now available for purchase; its focus is "Dresses, Dolls and Dogs!" Subscribe today here.

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.



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BookThink Update
17 April 2006>>>

Update Announcements



Buying and Selling Children's Books
Come with Me to the Days of Yesteryear ...

Historical fiction, as many of you know, has been one of the more productive genres for booksellers in recent years, and this is especially true of children's books. Children's Books Editor Guusje Moore takes you back in time today to dig for bookselling gold.


BookThink's eBay Top 10
March 2006

Some interesting items appear in Pamela Palmer's Top Ten on eBay, and for the first time since we've been doing this the Yankees beat the Brits - barely - 11 books to 9. Nice to have some of that money staying on this side of the pond! And if you don't know who Ed Ruscha is, read today's Update Announcements.


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