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  • "Special Limited Edition"

    Sun, 09 May 2021 08:55:56 Permalink
    Bror Tamm (1890-1981) was born in Sweden and trained in Denmark as a naval architect. In 1912 he moved to Quincy, Mass. and took a job at the George Lawley shipyard in nearby Neponset. There, he worked on many famous yachts, devised and patented dozens of improvements to yacht gear, and befriended men such as Frank C. Paine and L. Francis Herreshoff. In short, he was a man on the ground in the New England yachting scene.Continue reading “Special Limited Edition” at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The $25 Book – Redux

    Sun, 02 May 2021 11:25:49 Permalink
    A few months ago I wrote about a shelf of books someone had dropped off. They were too good to throw away, but not worth enough to catalog any time soon. For some reason – most likely a custom blend of boredom and curiosity, I began reading them. I’d go down to my bookshelves after supper, select a book with an interesting dust jacket or title, and begin reading. The process and its origin are described in my blog post for Jan.Continue reading The $25 Book – Redux at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The More Things Change…

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021 01:08:37 Permalink
    The more they stay the same.Didn’t think I’d have time to post an entry this week because I’m busy cleaning up the leftovers from the Howland estate – hundreds of lowish-end books, too good to throw away, but a challenge to sell.However, cataloging Watson’s “Annals of Philadelphia” (the 1884 revision), I came across a paragraph so striking I simply had to share it with you.It’s in volume II, p.Continue reading The More Things Change… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Somebody Help Me… UHhh!

    Mon, 12 Apr 2021 06:59:50 Permalink
    to quote the words of the immortal Wilson Pickett in “Land of 1000 Dances” I need helpand I’m calling on you, loyal readers in hopes that you can provide.For the past month I’ve been getting 5 or 10 emails a day from Blabberbuzz, a bullshit pretend conservative nonsense-news outlet, specifically designed to annoy people of a more liberal persuasion.It’s obviously a phishing scheme, so unsubscribing or sending nasty replies will only play right into their hands.Continue reading Somebody Help Me… UHhh! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Virtual Book Fair Query

    Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:27:40 Permalink
    Dear Colleagues:Promoter Marvin Getman has asked me to circulate the following query:I’m doing some research to see if we can make uploading easier for dealers. Do you have an idea of what system most dealers use to catalogue listings? Is BookRouter very popular with dealers? I want to try to determine if we could make that work with my platform and if that would make it easier for dealers to upload. Continue reading Virtual Book Fair Query at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Breaking Book Fair News!

    Mon, 29 Mar 2021 08:44:44 Permalink
    Here’s an important update to last week’s book fair report…Richard Mori is moving ahead with his plans for a LIVE book fair at Everett Arena in Concord, NH. June 5th and 6th.He sent out the contracts early last week, but they were email attachments in a format no one could open. This promised to have a negative effect on dealer participation, so he sent out a second email from his cellphone, with the application contained in the message.Continue reading Breaking Book Fair News! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The News of the Week in Review

    Mon, 22 Mar 2021 06:15:39 Permalink
    I don’t know about you guys, but this situation where some loser walks into a gun store, buys a gun and goes out and kills a bunch of people just because he’s having a bad day… well, it’s starting to creep me out.From now on, I’m wearing my gun to the massage parlor.Continue reading The News of the Week in Review at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Live Free and Die?

    Sun, 14 Mar 2021 05:35:03 Permalink
    Okay, I’ve got my Ephemera Society virtual bookfair stock loaded up, my car cleaned out, and my Covid passport all stamped and signed. I’m ready to hit the road, excited and a little scared (What if I forget how to do it? What if the road hits me back?). Furthermore, on the eve of my departure, I find myself a bit distracted by the slightest hint of something that – for lack of a better term – I’ll refer to as pandemic nostalgia.Continue reading Live Free and Die? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Book Fair News from Marvin Getman

    Mon, 08 Mar 2021 04:46:43 Permalink
    The virtual California Book Fair sponsored by the ABAA was one of the biggest and most successful online book fairs yet (despite a few technical glitches, and quite a few more bookseller operator-errors). The trade finally seems to be adapting to these events, taking advantage of their strengths (Yes, even navigating Biblio for the uninitiated is easier than trying to find a parking place in mid-town Manhattan.) and no longer assuming that these events can be approached like “real” book fairs.Continue reading Book Fair News from Marvin Getman at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Survivor Tree

    Sun, 28 Feb 2021 11:55:56 Permalink
    I was doing some painting down in the former Flatrocks Gallery space, and I needed something to put my drippy paint cans on. There was a pile of old newspapers over in a corner so I picked one off the top and spread it out.Not until I had completed the job and was cleaning up, did I notice that the newspaper was dated Tuesday March 3rd, 2020. Now, ordinarily, that date wouldn’t mean a thing to me.Continue reading Survivor Tree at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Hall of Books

    Mon, 22 Feb 2021 04:20:23 Permalink
    Funny the way things happen. Miraculous, almost…This winter, after I’d finished removing all the books from the premises of Howland and Company, there was nothing left but – book shelves.Two truckloads of book shelves to be precise. Which, for reasons I did not understand at the time, but which proved to be perfectly obvious upon further reflection (book sellers can’t resist book shelves), I took them all home with me.Continue reading The Hall of Books at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Old Man

    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:18:28 Permalink
    Well, the Greenwich Village Book Fair is in its last hours, and it was sorta like I remembered. Not too big, not too much to buy, but comfy. The only thing missing was – Greenwich Village. All of New York City, for that matter. And one other thing. Despite the fact that promoter Marvin Getman instituted an innovative “early admission” opportunity, it still was not possible for dealers to walk around the fair during setup, seeing manuscripts in the wild, grabbing rare books tumbling out of boxes, being hailed by nervous dealers who, desperate to make a buck before opening, Read More
  • News of the Week in Review

    Mon, 01 Feb 2021 10:32:05 Permalink
    “The total wealth of America’s 660 billionaires has grown by… $1.1 [trillion] since the start of the pandemic, a 40% increase.”  -Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of LaborContinue reading News of the Week in Review at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Brave New World – Again

    Sun, 24 Jan 2021 01:20:00 Permalink
    Remember when “going viral” was cool? Lovely long chat with old friend Allen Ahearn of Quill and Brush yesterday. I think we first met in the early 1980s, so there was no shortage of history to re-hash. But Allen, always an acute observer, also laid out an interesting idea having to do with the future. Everybody talks about “getting back to normal,” he said. But what that really means is that when we do get back to normal, we’ll actually be in a state he referred to as “the next reality,” because “normal” will by then be nothing but a Read More
  • The $25 Book

    Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:02:53 Permalink
    When I began my bookselling career as a maritime specialist, I made my living peddling $25 books. There were thousands of them – histories by people like Lubbock, Chatterton or Morison; autobiographies and adventures by Villiers or Newby; technical studies by Chapelle, Herreshoff, or MacGregor; sea yarns by Kent, O’Brian, and Forester; reprints of literary classics by Melville or the incomparable Slocum. There seemed to be an endless demand for them among ship modelers, amateur historians, and armchair sailors.Continue reading The $25 Book at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Year That Was

    Mon, 04 Jan 2021 10:41:51 Permalink
      I’m not telling you anything you don’t know when I tell you that our government’s response to the Pandemic has been shameful. Since last March more Americans have died from Covid 19 than we lost in all of WW II. Tens of millions of innocent people have endured financial devastation while our country’s billionaires increased their wealth by one trillion (yes, trillion) dollars. Meanwhile, Covid’s assault has laid bare the systemic racism and oppression we’ve allowed to flourish for generations, even as the everyday sadness, loss, and displacement we’ve all suffered since last spring have pushed us toward despair Read More
  • The Game That Is My Life

    Mon, 21 Dec 2020 04:31:01 Permalink
    Well, here we are again – Solstice, the absolute bottom of the year. Maritime List 295 Maritime List 295 – Which Way is Christmas? has come and gone, as have the several Virtual Book Fairs that were helping to confuse things. All my packages, crammed with sold books, have been taken to the Post Office, and now I’m staring out the window at the gathering dusk (it’s 3:30 pm), thinking about cocktail hour (if it gets dark earlier do I get to start drinking sooner?) and waiting for the checks to float in. Continue reading The Game That Is My Read More
  • A few thoughts while waiting for the Grinch who stole my Christmas to begin permanent quarantine…

    Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:02:16 Permalink
    I’m sure many of you watched the FB video link, provided by Lorne Bair of the destruction of the old Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, VA  home, for decades, of the famed Washington Book Fair. It was terribly sad to see the Old Girl go down, but at least she didn’t suffer.The Washington show started, as so many provincial fairs did back in the day, as a fundraiser for a school.Continue reading A few thoughts while waiting for the Grinch who stole my Christmas to begin permanent quarantine… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • How Desperate Are We?

    Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:16:20 Permalink
    Well, our Norman Rockwell-style family Christmas tree farm had a great run – 8 years of selling Gourmet Trees© to our friends and neighbors. Thanks to these fine folks, we sold out every year. Sadly, inevitably, the cost of goods kept rising. Because we only ordered 250 trees each year, it became increasingly difficult to compete with bigger operations who got better price breaks by ordering thousands of trees. In the end, it just got to be too much work for too little money.Continue reading How Desperate Are We? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • "I have had to learn the simplest things last."

    Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:52:32 Permalink
    There’s been a lot of chat, pro and con, on industry listserves and chatlines, about the efficacy of the platform on which Boston Virtual Book Fair has been presented. The VBF dashboard can be confusing to non-Biblio users, and the time lag between post and appearance, as well as the occasional disappearance of entries are daunting. The reason for all this confusion is a simple one. The Biblio platform is confusing. At least when it comes to setting up virtual book fairs – because, as colleague John Kuenzig has pointed out, it was designed to do something else entirely. Continue Read More
  • See you in court, Don.

    Sun, 08 Nov 2020 07:28:19 Permalink
    The salute is my favorite part…Continue reading See you in court, Don. at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Just wanted to let you all know that …

    Mon, 02 Nov 2020 06:40:32 Permalink
    Last Week Was the First Week of the Rest of My Life. Which is to say, I Reset My Boundaries and Rebuilt My Future. Or, to put it another way, I knew that If I Waited Until I Was Ready, I’d Wait the Rest of My Life, because Great Things Never Come from Comfort Zones. You know what I mean? Also, I got sick of thinking about November 3rd and listening to people angst about the two pink-faced septuagenarians vying for control of our nation. Continue reading Just wanted to let you all know that … at Ten Pound Island Read More
  • Living the Dream

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:05:00 Permalink
    Okay. This time I mean it. As soon as I finish uploading my 20 items for the Boston Virtual Book Fair, I’m gonna finish shelving my entire stock of 1500 books in alpha order. Then I’m going to go through the inventory, book by book, and make sure each title is listed on Biblio and ABAA. While I’m at it, I’m going to update the keywords for each item, so that yachting people won’t have to wade through whaling stuff, and whaling people won’t be distracted by clipper ship material, and so forth. Continue reading Living the Dream at Ten Read More
  • Letter from a Customer and Friend Regarding an Earlier Conversation

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:06:15 Permalink
    Greg,I feel that if you rethink how you use your website, you may be able to liberate more time for yourself while selling more books.Here are four websites I suggest you have a look at: of these are specialty dealers just like you, although they are not book dealers.Jeffrey Kraus of Antique Photographics… is one of the major photo dealers and cornered the stereoview market early on.Continue reading Letter from a Customer and Friend Regarding an Earlier Conversation at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Thank-You Note

    Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:20:10 Permalink
    My son used the Payroll Protection Plan to help pay the employees of his construction company. My daughter did the same for her florist business. She also got a grant from the state. Inspired by their successes I began the process of applying for financial aid.I quit because my situation is so fluid (and my bookkeeping so lousy) that I had no way of accurately documenting how much, if anything, I’d lost each month during the pandemic.Continue reading Thank-You Note at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • FAQ

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 01:47:15 Permalink
    1. WHERE’S THIS WEEK’S BLOG ENTRY? ANSWER – I’m too busy trying to upload books and images for the next 3 virtual book fairs. 2. HOW COME YOU ONLY HAVE 17 ITEMS IN THIS WEEK’S ABAA VIRTUAL FAIR? ANSWER – I was too busy trying to catalog books for Maritime List 293 to fill my virtual booth. 3. WHERE IS MARITIME LIST 293, ANYWAY? YOU SAID IT WOULD BE OUT WEEKS AGO. ANSWER – I was too busy trying to upload books and images for the next 3 virtual book fairs to finish the list. Continue reading FAQ at Ten Read More
  • Sorry, Not This Week…

    Mon, 21 Sep 2020 01:27:02 Permalink
    I had a great entry in mind for this week’s blog.I was going to reveal the Secret of Life, and how I’ve employed this recondite but simple trick to drive my career to the heights of the the international book trade, guaranteeing success, fiscally and in terms of the reverence with which my colleagues and customers have come to behold me.Unfortunately, I just didn’t have time to get to it.Continue reading Sorry, Not This Week… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Too Much of a Good Thing?

    Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:45:11 Permalink
    Well, I’ve made three sales after the first three days of the Brooklyn Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair. Results reported by colleagues are as mixed as they’d be in a “live” book fair. The difference might be that having only 15 books per booth allows for greater focus on the part of buyers.After searching by keyword and finding two interesting items (already sold within the first 5 minutes of the show!) I worked through all the booths, book by book.Continue reading Too Much of a Good Thing? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Just in the Nick of Time, Some Timely Thoughts by a Guest Blogger

    Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:27:14 Permalink
    Whew! I’ve been so swamped in the mess occasioned by my decision to try to arrange my stock in an orderly manner, that I despaired of having time to post my weekly “Bookman’s Log” entry. Fortunately, old friend and colleague Rich West, of Periodyssey, sent in a guest blog. I found it thought-provoking, and so will share it with you (while I head back down to the catacombs to search for books whose authors’ names begin with E-F-G- or H).Continue reading Just in the Nick of Time, Some Timely Thoughts by a Guest Blogger at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Fulfillment

    Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:27:26 Permalink
    Have you noticed how much stuff is sitting on the side of the road these days with a FREE sign printed on cardboard, propped up against the (fill in the blank) moldy teddy bears/broken office chair/couch that smells like old shoes/old-fashioned baby carriage/worn out tires/glass front bookcase with broken glass/85-pound color TV circa 1995/box of Grannie’s Reader’s Digest Condensed Books? That’s because people are stuck in their houses. After a few months they look around and realize no one has sat on that couch in years because it smells like old shoes. Continue reading Fulfillment at Ten Pound Island Book Read More
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