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ISSN 1547-9501

#102, 27 August 2007

BookThink Update
3 September 2007>>>

Update Announcements


The Empirical Bookman
The Hunt: A Gentle Art Expressed ...

Opposite ends of the spectrum are represented today. First, Empirical Bookman Jaime Frontero resumes his already popular series with an upscale how-to on where to buy books for resale. There are some nuts and bolts here but also some insight into the process. Read slowly. Read carefully. Mull.

The Adventures
of a Clueless Bookseller
The Total Package

Keeping Jaime company is BookThink's "Clueless Bookseller," Brenna Hopkins. Brenna's topic is packaging books - well, not exactly; it's more a matter of contemplating the Zen of packaging books. Bet you didn't know there was such a thing. We think perhaps she's a good bit further along with this bookselling biz than we suspected.


From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

ASellerTool Product Test
Zip, Zip Zipping to Bookselling Profits

It's product test time at BookThink. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to test drive a PDA/scanner marketed by ASellerTool. Likely most of you have heard of these things - several other vendors, including some of our sponsors, market them as well - but just as likely most of you haven't tried one out yet. Well, if you haven't, here's your chance to learn something about them, share my experience with one, and get a recommendation for purchase. Or not. As always, profits hang in the balance.

UK Bookselling
Digging for Victory
Gordon & Williams' Tunnels

Also on board today is UK Contributing Editor Claire Main with the skinny on Tunnels (aka The Highfield Mole) and authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. If you don't live in the UK (or do live there and have been on a Mars sabbatical for the last few years), you may not have heard of these guys. Too bad, if so. Major bookselling profits have passed you by, though there may be more opportunities coming soon.



UK Bookselling
Interview with
Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Claire delivers another one of her trademark chocolate-covered interviews today with none other than these very same authors. The pace is predictably breezy with several unexpected stops on William S. Burroughs "Ave."


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Gold Edition #41
How To Specialize in Bookselling
Part III: Types of Specialties,
Hypermoderns (2), General Fiction
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BookThink Update
20 August 2007>>>

Update Announcements

The Paper Chase
for Literary Ephemera
Part I: Bookplates

BookThink's Ephemera Editor Michele Behan stops by today to discuss bookplates. If you don't know why some bookplates can be more valuable than the books they're mounted in or, for that matter, how to remove one, you won't want to miss her article.

BookThink's Top 10 on eBay
May 2007

Are the rich different? When it comes to eBay, they are. Many of the high-end books that hang out in the Antiquarian & Collectible category are featured in lavish auctions showcasing them in dozens of photographs. Classic works of the 15th or 16th century are more typical than limited editions by Stephen King. This month, Top 10 on eBay expands to cover the top 5 in the Antiquarian & Collectible category.

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