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, January 11, 2005

01/11/05 TUE:
---Email rec’d:
Sorry to sound like a Technological Neanderthal but... What the heck is “blogmail” ?
If it leads to more spam -I know I don’t like that! Caveman hate spam.
---My reply:
As far as what blogmail is, it is merely my attempt at facilitating regular email updates which a number of people had signed up for but I never seemed to get around to sending. Every Monday (three times now so far without interruption!) I just copy what is on my blog (weblog)--mainly new-book arrivals and cataloguing of used books plus news about what I am ordering or otherwise doing, generally pertaining to bookselling (but it is a blog so I figure I can post whatever I feel like)--and send to the email list. So far I have heard from several recipients who profess to like my blogmail idea and enjoy receiving it. And no one has asked to be dropped from the list. I agree with you about spam--it is a very noxious phenomenon, especially when it is used for the spoofing or phishing of legitimate businesses with the intent of defrauding people. I certainly would not want to send my blogmail to anyone who would prefer not to receive it, so I only send it to people who ask for it. But I am thinking about automatically adding anyone who asks if I am still in business or if I am even still alive--although even receiving my weekly blogmail might not convince some people.

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