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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

12/21/04 TUE:
---Another book has trickled in from Wildside:
Szumskyj, Ben J.S. & S.T. Joshi (eds) FRITZ LEIBER AND H.P. LOVECRAFT: Writers of the Dark, Wildside '03, (presents Lovecraft’s letters to Leiber, an impressive selection of Leiber’s Lovecraft-inspired fiction, and a selection of Leiber’s fine essays on H.P. Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian; Szumskyj intro; Joshi afterword), new no dj issued (pictorial boards) 39.95

---Just added to my listings, bringing it through Schweitzer in the alphabet now.

---Dear Sams Club:
I appreciate the reminder that my membership has run out, but I knew it already. Thing is, I have decided not to renew. To get the products you carry at the prices you offer, I was willing to overlook your bullying of your suppliers and of your employees and of your competition--but your apparent decision not to stock Philip Roth’s bestselling novel The Plot Against America (at least I could never find it at your store), as well as other troubling decisions on what music and books your customers and WalMart’s customers can buy, amounts to nothing less than censorship in my book.
As a bookseller myself I make decisions on what I carry too, but the way I do it does not cause a chilling effect on what publishers or music labels will produce, as does yours. I do not approve of you having such a powerful position--in the world of business maybe; but not in the world of ideas and art. I don’t think you are qualified in any way to wield power in that sphere.
Thank goodness a Costco has moved in down the street, just when my Sams Club
membership expired.

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