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.

Monday, November 12, 2007

too much for Twitter

Veterans Day today has post office closed, but I bet if I checked the box this afternoon it would be filled with catalogs for Amy. Maybe a couple magazines and the Sunday New York Times for me. To make the bicycle ride a little more worthwhile, I do have a small paperback I can maybe get ready to send and drop in the out-box for a customer. I am working on the Catalog Data CD to get the newer covershots on it. Next update (Dec 1) I will have to try out the “save as” options in Google Documents. They are: HTML (zipped), OpenDocument, PDF, RTF, Text, and Word. These files don’t have anything but text, not even many links, so HTML can probably be foregone. PDF and Text are how I already save files, but for a third way, instead of Appleworks, which I no longer use for cataloging, maybe RTF could be a third option -- so I could go back and still open them on my iBook if I need to. But I know Word is a popular format -- certainly more popular than Appleworks. It is a new feeling for me to be able to catalog books on a live updating webpage.

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