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ISSN 1547-9501

#108, 19 November 2007

BookThink Update
26 November 2007>>>

Update Announcements

BookThink T-Shirt
Special and Contest

First up is Ephemera Editor Michele Behan, who announces two BookThink holiday contests. You'll have to read her article to find out what they are, but let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation for her bravery in posting her photo!

How I Turned My Business Around
In One Weekend
or ASellerTool to the Rescue

Second up is Links Editor Judy Lanskey, who took out time from her now very busy bookselling schedule to write an article on how she turned things in one weekend. That's right - one weekend.


Update on
The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Finally, you may recall an intriguing interview Media Editor Catherine Petruccione did with The Ballad of a Whiskey Robber author Julian Rubinstein. Well, she's back with an interesting update, and I do recommend you watch the YouTube video.

From the Editor
Important announcements for BookThinker readers.

Buying and Selling Ephemera
The Paper Chase for Literary Ephemera
Part II: The Story of a Bookplate

Part II of Michele Behan's bookplate primer appears today - and this time it's an intriguing story of a bizarre bookplate she encountered in an otherwise forgettable book and her efforts to uncover information about it. There's a happy ending, but it's not exactly what you might expect.

Top 10 on eBay
August 2007

Pamela Palmer is back this month with another Top 10 on eBay - and another pile of NARUs, more auction tampering at the high end: "After July, the deluge .... In August, the growing number of summer NARUs reached flood stage. While trolling for the non-fiction top 10, 9 different auctions held the #1 slot only to fall to the non-paying buyers. The good news of the month was a healthy contingent of UK sellers showing up on the charts."



Gold Edition #44
When "Bad" Books Are Good
Before I resume my discussion about buying and selling hypermodern mainstream fiction, I'm going to step back in time slightly to what is commonly regarded as modern fiction - and not just any modern fiction but the most collectible fiction out there. And forget about first editions. I'm going to put some easy money in your pockets. Over the years I've compiled a list of titles in my scouting book that are so intensely collected that we booksellers can make good money selling copies of them even if we never encounter anything in a first edition state. Purchase now.


BookThink's Quarterly Market Report of Common, Profitable Books
Issue #2
Issue #2 of BookThink's Quarterly Market Report of Common, Profitable Books is now available for purchase. Purchase or subscribe now.

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BookThink Update
12 November 2007>>>

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Selling on Amazon
The Fine Art of
Pricing Books on Amazon

Pricing a book properly can be one of the more difficult things for new booksellers to learn - but absolutely one of the most important. Since many booksellers begin their bookselling lives on Amazon Marketplace, it's especially important that they understand the pricing issues peculiar to this venue. And there are plenty. Steve Weber is here today to illuminate them in "The Fine Art of Pricing Books on Amazon."

The Accidental Antiquarian
The Literary Life

I'm also delighted to introduce a new BookThink writer today - Chris Lowenstein. Those of you who read Karin Bergsagel's recent report on her week at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar may recall her referencing a bookselling blog written by Chris. Well, I was so impressed with her archived posts - which, by the way, chronicle an apprenticeship she's presently "serving" in antiquarian bookselling - that I invited her to contribute to BookThink. Her first column narrates how she came to the decision to pursue this profession.



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