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.

Friday, November 19, 2004

11/19/04 FRI:
---A few used books catalogued:
Carlile, Clancy THE PARIS PILGRIMS, Carroll & Graf '00, (biographical novel about Hemingway and the company he keeps in the Paris of 1922), vg 5.00

Dozois, Gardner (ed) THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Seventeenth Annual Collection, St. Martin's Griffin, 7/00, 1st edn, vg+ 8.50

Gunn, James THE JOY MAKERS, Crown Classics of Modern SF #2, '84, vg-f in dj $12

Leoni, Edgar NOSTRADAMUS AND HIS PROPHECIES, Wings, 22nd, vg+ in dj 6.50

Rogers, Bruce Holland WIND OVER HEAVEN and Other Dark Tales, Wildside '00, 1st edn, SIGNED by author, vg+ 10.00

---And a mighty simple thing it turned out to be able to do, converting all my catalog data to PDF and simple text files for burning on CD-Rs. All it comes up to is 9.4 MBs. I could add some pictures if I had them to scan, because those CD-Rs hold seventy times that much information. But that will be something for later. I will try to maybe upgrade the files every month at least. That will involve, for now, having the Zip Drive work, so I can transfer data from from the old downstairs (business) computer. Lately it has decided to run reliably again, so I am under no compunction to replace it yet. It would be nice if the two were running on the same systems and could share data more easily, though. One thing about putting it all on the Zip Drive is that it constitutes a backing up of all my data. Having it in more than one place does make me breathe easier--and anyone who wants a copy of my catalog-data CD-R, just let me know.

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