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by Craig Stark

#105, 15 October 2007

You may recall this paragraph from one of Jaime Frontero's recent Empirical Bookman articles:

"No, the hardest level to break in bookselling is the $500 - $1,000 mark. If you can consistently find and sell those books, you've pretty much got it licked. But where do we find them?"

Last week I received an email from one of our subscribers who had read the article but didn't know where to start. It was one thing to understand how to find these books - he got that part - another altogether to know specifically what to look for. He'd never seen a $1,000 book, let alone a $500 book.

Jaime, of course, was the person to answer his question, so I forwarded the email to him, little expecting that the breadth and depth of his reply would rise to the level of an article. That it did, however, is much to our advantage, and I'm pleased to share it with you today.

Also, since we're looking at high dollar books, I thought it appropriate to include Pamela Palmer's latest Top 10 on eBay, July 2007, where $1,000 and up books are the order of the day. And those pesky NARUs, as Pam explains, are still afoot: "How many NARUs can fit on the fiction and non-fiction top 10 lists? The answer in July was 25% with the non-fiction category leading by one. This month, we'll take a closer look at the related characteristics."

A reminder - if you're interested in looking at the specific eBay auctions featured in the Top 10 series, BookThink publishes a special newsletter that lists all item numbers. Subscribe free by emailing me, Craig Stark, at editor@bookthink.com.

Finally, bookplate collector Lewis Jaffe is running a contest some of you may be interested in. Find out more here.

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