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, September 16, 2008

more fun with flickr

Well, I wasted just about the entire day yesterday making covershots for all the books acquired lately -- mostly from the big Planned Parenthood book sale. Included in the batch were a couple new arrivals: ones from Stark House and Ash-Tree, the latest in standing orders I need to catalog -- as well as a couple from a Barnes & Noble at the shopping mall over the weekend that looked good (Five Novels, big omnibi each by James Fennimore Cooper and Bram Stoker). Total covershots taken yesterday: 233. This ran up against a limit for a free flickr account, so I went ahead and upgraded to a pro account. If you want to see the books for yourself, you can view them as a slideshow. Lots of fun! I will try to add descriptions to the books as they become available. Seems flickr in their community guidelines frowns on commercial enterprise, so I won’t include condition grading and pricing in my descriptions, but I will link from the book title in my catalog listings to the covershots on flickr.
---This morning I added another batch of internet-ready photos -- the ones I’ve uploaded to my listings. These are already cataloged and can be found in the listings. When I get a chance I might copy some of the cataloguing information and use it in the photo descriptions.
---Now that I’m catching the (shutter-) bug again, maybe I’ll see what non-covershot pix I might have -- and maybe start carrying the camera around for a few snaps somewhere else besides on the graymat in the sunroom.

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