Author: Stuart Manley

The ABE Bookseller Ratings Deception

How on earth can it be that David Brass Rare Books, a well respected ABAA antiquarian book dealer in California of over 40 years experience, is rated by ABE as a one star bookseller, yet obviously inferior re-listers such as…

Anyone for the Forsythe Saga?

A quick scan of search sites reveals that 537 people can’t spell “Tolkien.” (And a further 58 can’t spell “Hobbit.”) “The Forsythe Saga” notches up another 129 errors. Does it matter? We all make typos from time to time, but…

“Yet More Bookworm Droppings

Book Store Lore “Yet More Bookworm Droppings” by Stuart Manley Back in the sixties, in an earlier life, I used to work night shift in a telephone exchange. For our younger readers, in these days of mobile phones, 3G and…

Plagiarism and Online Bookselling

You were warned about it at all levels of your education, and students are expelled from colleges and universities for doing it. You have read about it in the style manuals you used in your education or workplace. In recent…

Do Your Books Smell Their Best?

“Customers will buy our books to read them” was just one of our naive assumptions when we began selling books. We also believed that we could make a lot of money selling books and that there really was a Santa…

A Comprehensive Guide to Book Listing Sites

Buying and selling books on the web is becoming ever more complex, with a bewildering range of sites available, all with different strengths, weaknesses and charges. This guide is an attempt to give clear summaries of each site. From the…

Is a “Stand-Alone” Signature Better?

This (or a variant of it) is probably the most often asked question I hear. What I’m talking about is, of course, whether it is better to buy a book (or get it autographed by the author) with just a…

Penny Selling, Part 2

As anyone who read my first article on this theme will know, what I have to say has little to do with Penny Selling. Indeed, the Penny Sellers were dismissed within the first few paragraphs, so anyone who has not…

What’s your best price?

Whenever the subject of discount comes up in a bookseller discussion group, back come a wonderful range of opinions and advice. Most of it being the ‘it works for me’ variety, but of such a mixed message that any newcomer…