Series: Spring 2005 (Vol. VI, No. 1)

I’ll Get Straight To The Point

Not yet, though. Bookselling may feel more like a ride on a Tilt-A-Whirl than the cultured, slow-paced trade we used to dream of. We didn’t dream that thousands of new sellers would make good stock more difficult to find and…

Biblio Finds Its Way in the Used, Rare, and Out-of-print Book Market

In a world of commoditized physical and online retail offerings, consumers are looking for more diverse shopping experiences. Buyers are again searching for things that meet their needs, and wants, and are favoring quality over price. This is where Biblio.com…

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…

Selling Books Is Like Fly-fishing

Selling books on the web seems easy. You get hold of some books (that really is the easy part!) and start listing them like crazy onto a database. Sure, there are a few technical details to overcome – joining up…

Discarded Books: The Facelift for Ex-Library Books

If you love books, collect books, or sell books Discarded Books: The Facelift for Ex-Library Books is a very handy reference book. Written and illustrated by j. godsey, the book contains simple, clearly-explained methods for prolonging the life of a book. Ms.…

Slipcases and Clamshell Boxes

At some point in time many book collectors will obtain an item that is unique, beautiful, perhaps somewhat fragile, and that requires long-term protection beyond the usual mylar dustjacket protector or mylar sleeving. In such cases the best solution may…

A Little History of The History of Woman Suffrage

The American Women’s Suffrage movement is surely one of the best documented of all social revolutions thanks to the remarkable six-volume, 6,000 page, History of Woman Suffrage. Leaders of revolutions often write their memoirs (if they live long enough) but rarely…

Are Used Book Sales Hurting New Book Sales ?

Are rising used book sales hurting new book sales – and if so – by how much? Lots of people would like the answer to that question, from publishers and authors to paper manufacturers and new and used booksellers. It’s…

The Bookstores of Madison Wisconsin

Here is my long-promised review of book buying in and around Madison, Wisconsin. A few non-book – or nearly non-book observations: it is cold and it is flat. There are lakes and ponds everywhere. Lakes and ponds are not oceans…