After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

---Rec’d postcard from Ken Whitman & Associates. “Representing the best in fantasy art”. I hope their best customer wasn’t Saddam (re his collection of Rowena originals).
---Also a postcard from Viz graphic art publisher (distributed by PGW, a regular supplier) promoting their CASTLE IN THE SKY series from the creator of the Academy-Award winning SPIRITED AWAY, which I liked as a DVD except for the strident voice of the heroine the Disney crew dubbed in.
---Moving on from the postcards received...

---Read an interesting op-ed piece in Wednesday’s NY TIMES by William Gibson about George Orwell on the day he would have been 100 years old, saying that Big Brother may be watching but we are watching Big Brother, due to the “transparency” of information in today’s infostructure. The omnipresent cameras in London and the Total Information Awareness initiative are not the fulfillment of Orwellian prophecy, posits Gibson. Big Brother was a 1948 invention and we “…live today with stranger problems.” Gibson says, “…Orwellian scrutiny is no longer a strictly hierarchical, top-down activity, but to some extent a democratized one.” We are watching the watchers. Nice thought.

---Here now:
Lovecraft, H.P. LETTERS TO ALFRED GALPIN, Hippocampus ('03), 1st edn, (287 pp), new 15.00

---Music played:
- Neil Young HARVEST (Xgau: B Plus) - 31 years old now; how many times have I heard it, but it will never be too many; should A/B it with the vinyl LP I know I have here somewhere.
- Earth, Wind & Fire OPEN OUR EYES (Xgau: A Minus)

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