Author: Maria Bustillos

Tom Sawyer, Creator of Record Manager, BookMaster, BookMate and now BookWriter

Tom Sawyer is an éminence grise of the Internet bookselling world. He is the creator of the UIEE format that has become the de facto industry standard, the developer of BookMaster, Record Manager and BookMate software — and now, the soon-to-be-released BookWriter.…

Popshops Offers Merchants a New Deal

The latest version of Popula’s combination auction and fixed-price marketplace boasts great price, simple user interface and irreverent atmosphere. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – August 1, 2002 Popula Company, Inc. has announced its release of PopShops, the fixed-price annex to its…

The Psychology of Acquisition: Turnover and the Maximization of Profits

“The behavior of hoarding”, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Hoarding Fact Sheet, “is seen in various illnesses.” Online mental-health resources class hoarding variously as a subset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD),…

Auction descriptions for fun and profit

Truth is beauty, saith the poet. In order to profit as a bookseller (and indeed, as a human being) it is well to take this precept to heart. For truth inevitably leads us not only to beauty but also, as…

Digital Photography for Booksellers

Booksellers are in an enviable position among retailers of rarities on the Web. For decades and even centuries, the book business has commonly been carried on by remote, through the catalogues of dealers and auction houses, by mail and by…

An Online-Auction Primer for Booksellers

The main advantage for booksellers in having at least a tangential connection to the Wild West world of online auctions is that most booksellers specialize, some very narrowly, and yet stock comes from disparate sources and always varies in quality.…