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  • 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
  • A Book that Looks Like Nothing: Mass Market Paperback Fad Diet Book

    Fri, 11 May 2012 03:46:01 Permalink
       I came across this little mass market paperback copy of Neanderthin at my last library sale and am confident that it will put a quick $30 in my pocket.  Not bad, considering it cost a whole quarter.   Curiously enough, the hardcover edition is only selling for $20, but is still a nice pick up for a common title.  Make sure to capitalize on the Neanderthal Diet fad while it lasts. I have been keeping my eye out for Raw Cookbooks lately, more for personal reasons than for profit.  Anyone other booksellers or friends out there experimenting with a raw Read More
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