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  • We Regret to Inform You that We Cannot Fund Your Early Retirement

    Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:02:06 Permalink
    A Brief Note on the Value of Most Modern First EditionsOne common misconception about books is that "First Editions" always have inherent value.  The vast majority of book collectors are usually looking to acquire the true 1st Printing of the First Edition, but for many popular authors (i.e. John Grisham, Tom Clancy) the first printings of the majority of their titles were published in such large numbers that the books aren't scarce enough to have significant collectible value.  The exception to this rule will typically involve the author's first book or two, which were usually published before they had a Read More
  • We Regret to Inform You that We Cannot Fund Your Early Retirement

    Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:54:41 Permalink
    A Brief Note on the Value of Most Modern First EditionsOne common misconception about books is that "First Editions" always have inherent value.  The vast majority of book collectors are usually looking to acquire the true 1st Printing of the First Edition, but for many popular authors (i.e. John Grisham, Tom Clancy) the first printings of the majority of their titles were published in such large numbers that the books aren't scarce enough to have significant collectible value.  The exception to this rule will typically involve the author's first book or two, which were usually published before they had a Read More
  • Veterans Day

    Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:15:54 Permalink
    One Reason I Started Selling Books Online Is there anybody you would like to thank for their service to our country today? I am grateful for the military service of my father, brother, big sister, brother-in-law and future brother-in-law. I am also grateful to my mother for putting up with all of us kids during our seemingly endless series of moves and relocations. One of the reasons I got started in the book business was because my mother had me sell some of my dad's old books that he kept hauling around to each new house. I think I may Read More
  • Rare Books Roadshow Coming to Manhattan This Sunday

    Fri, 17 May 2013 06:29:47 Permalink
    Would you like to learn how to spot rare and valuable books? This Sunday at 2:00pm I will be giving a presentation at the Manhattan Public Library (629 Poyntz Avenue / Manhattan, Kansas 66502 / 785-776-4741) with advice on how to evaluate books, along with stories of treasures I've found through the years.  Friends of the Manhattan Public Library and patrons are encouraged to bring a book or two to share! http://www.manhattan.lib.ks.us/ A copy of Robert Frost's "West-Running Brook" with a handwritten version of "Sand Dunes" written by Frost on the half-title page.  I found this beauty in the contents Read More
  • 10 Action Steps You Can Take When Online Bookselling Sales are Slow or Stagnant

    Wed, 01 May 2013 01:48:16 Permalink
     Here is a list of ten practical things I have done during periods of slow or stagnant sales.  I do realize that they aren't for everybody, and that the idea of haggling on Ebay can be a controversial topic among the IOBA membership, not to mention even listing on Amazon in any way, shape or form.  Also, some of these tips might not be as practical for those with brick and mortar shops, and are more geared towards the online bookseller. 1.  I added the "Best Offer" feature to my Ebay Store items.  Whenever I receive a reasonable offer, I Read More
  • Hitting the Jackpot...Three Times in One Week!

    Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:11:46 Permalink
    Earlier this week, I made my best sale to date as an antiquarian bookseller- four books signed by Laura Ingalls Wilder (including Little House on the Prairie), which I had only just listed for sale at the beginning of March. I felt like their sale was some kind of karmic justice, as I had devoted the past two weeks of my life to volunteering to organize and run the semi-annual booksale fundraiser for the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, and had little time for any kind of other work or cataloging around the office.  My sore back was still Read More
  • A Rare Find- The Father of Stephen Crane's First Book

    Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:05:39 Permalink
    The Right Way, or, Practical Lectures on the Decalogue by Jonathan Townley Crane It's always interesting to discover books when you weren't even aware of their existence, even after over ten years as a professional bookseller.  Vintage religious texts are a dime a dozen, and 99% of the time, are not worth much more than their sentimental or decorative value. I recently discovered a volume that appeared to be scarce after conducting several searches via Abebooks, Bookfinder and Amazon, and obtaining zero results.  After more in depth research, I discovered this mid-19th century text was written by the father of Read More
  • Flashpoint: Paul Harvey

    Fri, 22 Feb 2013 04:12:25 Permalink
    Here is a quick flashpoint that I expect to have a relatively short shelf-life.After an uninspiring slew of Super Bowl commercials, Dodge brought us the "God Made a Farmer" commercial featuring the voice of Paul Harvey, and sales of his out-of-print books (most available in no short supply) skyrocketed.  Okay, maybe skyrocketed isn't the right word, but most titles are an easy $30-50 a pop.  I was lucky enough to find several copies of several different titles, all of which sold quickly.  Pick them up in any binding and just about any condition.Here are a few examples: Read More
  • Gold for Online Booksellers: The Poem of the Man God - 5 Volume Set

    Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:33:51 Permalink
     Maria Valtorta's The Poem of the Man-God The Poem of the Man God is a five volume set of books (in seven parts) measuring approximately five thousand pages on the life of Jesus Christ written by the Italian mystic Maria Valtorta. The book was originally published in Italian in 1956 and has since been translated into many other languages.  It is based on over 15,000 handwritten pages written by the author between 1943 and 1947.  During these years she reported having visions of Jesus and Mary and claimed personal conversations with and dictations from Jesus. Over time, this set has Read More
  • Check Your Shelves for Evelyn Waugh's "Sword of Honour" Trilogy

    Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:30:33 Permalink
    A quick post for bricks and mortar bookshop owners, booksellers, bookscouts and book collectors alike- take a quick look on your shelves to see if you might have a copy of the 1994 Everyman's Library edition of Evelyn Waugh's "Sword of Honour" trilogy lying around collecting dust.   I recently listed a copy (sans dust jacket) for over $100.  I get the feeling that this is one of those temporary market spikes where copies have become relatively scarce and in high demand (273K sales rank on Amazon) around the Holidays, and it will most likely return to more realistic prices Read More
  • Check Your Shelves for Evelyn Waugh's "Sword of Honour" Trilogy

    Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:30:19 Permalink
    A quick post for bricks and mortar bookshop owners, booksellers, bookscouts and book collectors alike- take a quick look on your shelves to see if you might have a copy of the 1994 Everyman's Library edition of Evelyn Waugh's "Sword of Honour" trilogy lying around collecting dust.   I recently listed a copy (sans dust jacket) for over $100.  I get the feeling that this is one of those temporary market spikes where copies have become relatively scarce and in high demand (273K sales rank on Amazon) around the Holidays, and it will most likely return to more realistic prices Read More
  • Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Bibliophile in Your Life

    Thu, 06 Dec 2012 03:11:35 Permalink
    5.  T-Shirts for Book Nerds My two favorite places to buy book related clothing are Buy Olympia and Out-of-Print clothing. My personal favorites are the Forest Green "Reading is Sexy" hoodie in XL, which is a cozy number.  The Out-of-Print tees feature classic dust jacket art and designs, and are also printed on high quality shirts that are very soft and wearable.  I order these for myself in an XL, as they tend to run a bit smaller than some other tees. At the risk of being shunned and ostracized by some of my male friends, I've created a Pinterest Read More
  • How Should I Store My Score?

    Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:37:11 Permalink
     How to Store Your Book Collection, or "Hints from a Famous Binder" I recently received a question from an old friend who scored a nice set of books at a local estate sale.  After asking the obvious question, "Are they worth anything?", he asked another question that I wish more people would- "How should I store my score?" I can't tell you how many collections I have viewed where the value of certain books had been compromised due to improper storage or climate conditions, the most common of which is storing books in a damp basement, which can attract mold Read More
  • Amazon Adds a Simple Step to their Buyback/Trade-In Process

    Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:28:25 Permalink
    While adding a book to my Amazon Trade-In/Buyback Program order today I noticed that they had added a small step in the process, requiring you to verify the ISBN number of each book entered for resale.  I can only assume that this is to eliminate the amount of textbooks received in error during the busy back to school season. I have been using Bookscouter for several years now as a way to get cash for books which I am not listing online.  I highly recommend this website for any students who do not think they are getting enough cash from Read More
  • The Worst CD Cover Art in the History of Music

    Tue, 28 Aug 2012 03:50:26 Permalink
    Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you "the album" by Bernard Ghetz, not to be confused with vigilante justice advocate Bernhard Goetz.  Goetz was infamous for shooting four alleged muggers on a New York City Subway train in 1984, and I can only imagine that this Corel clip art is some kind of homage to that violent episode.  Produced sometime in the 90's by Headkrack records, this album cover is absolutely horrendous, not to mention horrifying.  I can only imagine poor Bernard getting the call from the distribution company who pressed the CDs- "Hey bud, we've got fifteen minutes before the Read More
  • My 5 Favorite Out-of-Print Books about Wichita History: Book Scouting for Local History

    Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:57:50 Permalink
    Contrary to what some of my friends and family back East might believe, the buffalo don't roam wild in Wichita anymore and you won't witness old-fashioned, revolver toting duels downtown on Douglas. Cowboys and Indians are a rare sight these days. You are more likely to see a few fellows in souped up pickup trucks and an extraordinary sculpture along the Arkansas River honoring the "Keeper of the Plains".   Also, next time you're down on Douglas make sure to check out the old Sam Zelman clothing store location for the incredible window display that Seth Blume and his brother created Read More
  • Put Down This Blog and Pick Up a Book

    Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:39:34 Permalink
    ThaThanks Many thanks to my big sister Sarah for giving my entire family a copy of this book last Christmas.  Here we are eight months later and I've finally gotten around to devouring it.  It's written by entrepreneur, copywriter and bootstrapper Michael Ellsberg and is entitled The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think and It's Not Too Late. The particular passage I'd like to share is from page 174, from an interview with Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress.  Michael is interviewing Matt about the importance of the lifelong process of educating yourself, a common trait among most Read More
  • How Do You Find Your Flow?

    Tue, 31 Jul 2012 02:07:06 Permalink
    Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series) is a quick, yet highly informative read on the psychology behind "Flow," or being in a focused state where one is immersed in a rewarding pursuit, which is a more quantifiable and desirable state than the generic and often fleeting state we call "happiness." The book is based on a scientific study the author (pronounced "Chick-sent-me-high", I had always wanted to know!) devised by monitoring the journals, activities and psychological states of his subjects over a period of time. This book also offered interesting insights into achieving the desired Read More
  • Creating a Hashtag: "A Book That Looks Like Nothing" #abtlln

    Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:11:22 Permalink
    Way back in the golden days of Internet bookselling, a group of dedicated Ebay sellers created a discussion board called "A Book That Looks Like Nothing," a forum to share books that they came across in the field which did not appear to be anything special or significant at first glance, but were, in fact, of significant resale value.  The first example was for early editions of Benjamin Graham and David Dodd's investment classic:  Posters continued to share their finds in the field until a virtual treasure trove of information had been compiled, and continue to post on the forum Read More
  • Friday Morning Flashpoints: Haruki Murakami

    Fri, 25 May 2012 12:08:04 Permalink
    There is one modern author who I'm sure you've at least heard of, but perhaps weren't aware of just how collectible his books have become.  Interest is currently near an all-time high with the recent release of 1Q84, and I would expect it to continue to grow over time.  I was surprised to find that his works have yet to grace the pages of Ahearn's Collected Books, although I routinely sell hardcover copies of his novels for 3 figures, and even 4 figures one one occasion. You can learn more about Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's background here. Several years ago, Read More
  • Two Flashpoints for Online Booksellers: Bobbin Lace & B.T. Batsford

    Fri, 18 May 2012 08:37:57 Permalink
    I came across the out-of-print Dover publication pictured above at a library sale this past weekend.  In fact, I seem to come across this same title at least once a year.  This crafting classic was originally published in the UK by B.T. Batsford, which is also an excellent publisher flashpoint to remember.   From the Anova Books Group website: "Founded in 1843, Batsford is an imprint with an illustrious heritage that has built a tradition of excellence over the last 168 years. As a leading publisher of definitive books for the serious enthusiast and professional, Batsford has developed an enviable reputation Read More
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