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.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

05/22/05 SUN:
---Getting a little ahead of my ability to get catalogued all the books that I have digital covershots for. The ongoing and neverending project of getting the cellar (with its vintage books like vintage wine awaiting its time for uncorking) under some modicum of control continues. Some of this entails reboxing books acquired at long-ago book sales, into more standardized and stronger boxes. For books that people have sent for me to sell on consignment that I have unconscionable sat on for way too long (although I do warn of that prospect), I better not rebox them--where they might not see the light of day again for another decade or three. So these sit around wanting me to catalog them (and my wife to get them out of the upstairs) and find them new homes, but meanwhile I have whipped them through the digital camera-tripod setup. Way too many of these are already in a new “covershots” folder than will fit on my regular Catalog Data CD-R--so for now it looks like I might have a CD-R of uncatalogued book cover JPEG snapshots that I could send out to people interested in seeing them--and perhaps goading me to break out from storage if they see something they want. These include non-SF vintage paperbacks, non-SF books, not-yet-catalogued books, magazine runs and sets, everything that comes out of the boxes I bring up--some common, some less so; some desirable, some maybe less so--just about all of them more fun to look at than I ought to keep to myself. If I were more ambitious I would have the images up on some website or another, but so far my ambitions have not reached that point. For now, being able to burn them on a CD-R, which I would think most people with computers--or even DVD players that can show JPEGs--could easily access. Probably not everyone (or anyone) will be interested--but if you are, let me know.

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