Thursday, December 27, 2007

Does anyone ever find books on these top ten lists?

As you know, BookFinder publishes the top ten out of print books for the year each December. If you haven't seen the 2007 list yet the US list is here and the UK list is here.

These lists are very cool and interesting, of course. What I'm curious about, however, is if any of you have ever found one of these books while out scouting?

Do you carry these lists in your scouting books? Or do you commit any of these titles to memory? If so, have you ever found one of these books while you've been out and about looking for new inventory?

Or have you ever found one through dumb luck, not even realizing it was a valuable title?

Just curious.

I'll dutifully print out this year's list and dutifully carry it in my notebook. Maybe this year will be the year I finally find one of the titles.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

For your eBay reading pleasure

A friend of mine has started selling things on eBay. If you need some entertaining reading, check out her auction for some placemats and a flower art book.

I've seen countless eBay listings over the years and almost never have I seen listings as well done as these. I think booksellers especially tend to be rather uptight in describing their books and making sure to use proper lingo like "first edition, first state, with minor rubbing on the dust wrappers." But hardly anyone understands that lingo anyway. Most sellers, especially those with eBay stores, don't use any lingo at all and you're lucky to get a one line description.

That flower book only sold for five bucks but I looked it up on eBay and see it has a sales rank of four million and sells for $1 over there. So she did a good job of getting it out the door in a week, whereas it would've sat on Amazon indefinitely and would not have sold for as much as $5.00, if it ever sold at all.

She's received a lot of favorable comments about her fun descriptions and at least a few have placed bids just for the entertainment of it all. Way to go!

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Perfume for the bookseller on your Christmas list

Here's a perfume for book lovers. It's a unique website with fun copy. Be sure to click on "story" so you can read the full description of the perfume. Their other perfumes look good too and are so different from what you see at the perfume counter at Macy's.

I'm glad that websites aren't laden with perfume the way women's magazines always are but this is one time I wish I could smell samples on a website.

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