By Craig Stark
We've been publishing the BookThinker now for some 11 years. In cyber-time, this seems like an eternity. So much has changed since 2003. But not everything has, and in antiquarian bookselling, given that it's a centuries old trade that's more about selling older things than newer, it's no surprise that most of the changes we've seen in recent years have been associated with what we sell, not how we sell it. The how is in fact pretty stable, and even the venues haven't changed much. I started selling books on eBay in the 1990's, and today it remains one of my most productive venues.
Speaking of venues, book fairs, though they have ebbed and flowed some, haven't changed much either. Recently, bookseller friend Adam Schachter set up shop at the 12th Annual Houston Book Fair, his first, and today his report follows another book fair article by bookseller Chris Lowenstein we published way back in 2008. It's not exactly a point-counterpoint, but I think the juxtaposition is interesting.
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6. Trust: The Sine Qua Non of Bookselling
7. Getting Down to Business: Why Your ASP Will Make You or Break You
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11. How to Identify First Editions: Books That Are, Part IV (The Essential Reference Library)
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