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, February 11, 2014

another box of books

Last post has my cataloguing of a box of books, nearly all paperbacks. I enjoy cataloguing paperbacks even though there weren't any real collector's items in there. I still enjoy them, especially the ones pre-ISBN. I was able to find listings already extant on Amazon for all of them, but I had to provide the cover photos for a few. is strictly ISBN, so older books are only listed on Amazon and biblio.
I've been very lazy about getting any cataloguing done for a long time, so I was pleased to be able to get a whole box done, especially one with a lot of books. Now I'm looking forward to diving into the next box.
It looks like a lot of these are ex-library hardcovers and trade pbs. The downtown Des Moines was trying to rid itself of books. Also CDs. I went a little bit hog wild, especially on the CDs.
So here we go (I'll be adding to the list below as we go along):
  • 0394471431 Gardner, John GRENDEL, Knopf, 6th(6/73), ex-libr else fr in p-fr dj $2
  • 0156030616 Singleton, George DROWNING IN GRUEL: Stories, A Harvest Original/Harcourt '06, 1st edn [stated], 1st printing, trade pb, ex-libr else fr-g $2 [list price: $14]
  • 9781933354804 Colbert, Curt (ed) SEATTLE NOIR, Akashic ('09), 1st printing, (all-new stories), ex-libr else g+ $2 [list price: $15.95]
  • 0151132003 Frisch, Max BLUEBEARD: A Tale, Helen and Kurt Wolff/HBJ '83, 1st American edn, (translated from German by Geoffrey Skelton), review slip, vg-f in vg+ dj $10 [list price: $10.95]
    ---the above book and several more coming up were from the library of Joan Bunke, the late and esteemed arts critic at the Des Moines Register. 
  • 0394498984 Naipaul, V.S. GUERRILLAS, Knopf '75, 1st American edn, ex-libr else g in dj $3 [list price: $7.95]
  • 0312328052 Jillette, Penn SOCK, St. Martin's Griffin, 7/04, 1st edn [stated], 1st printing, (a novel), ex-libr else g $2 [list price $12.95]
  • 0140105662 Rybczynski, Witold THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE WORLD, Penguin '90, 1st printing, vg-f $3 [list price: $8.95]
  • 0142000868 Lodge, David THINKS...: A Novel, Penguin, 6th printing, trade pb, ex-libr else g+ $2 [list price: $14]
  • 0811202054 Thomas, Dylan COLLECTED POEMS, A New Directions Paperback, 7th printing, (203 pages), g-vg [list price: $2.95]
  • Wolfe, Thomas THE HILLS BEYOND, Harper & Row, A-O reprinting(1/64), ex-libr else g-vg+ in g-vg+ dj (a decent copy) $10 [list price: $6.00]
  • 0375404279 Chaudhuri, Amit FREEDOM SONG: Three Novels, Knopf '99, 1st edn [stated], ex-libr else vg+ in vg-f dj $3 [list price: $24]
  • 0192835327 Trollope, Anthony THE PRIME MINISTER, Oxford World's Classics '99, 1st printing of this edn, (Jennifer Uglow [ed]; John McCormick [intro]; Hector Whistler [illus]), trade pb, ex-libr else vg $2 [list price: $10.95]
  • 1932361618 Potts, Rolf MARCO POLO DIDN'T GO THERE: stories and revelations from one decade as a postmodern travel writer, Travelers' Tales/Solas House '08, 1st edn [stated], 1st printing, trade pb, vg-f $5 [list price: $14.95]
  • 0140165215 Lodge, David PARADISE NEWS: A Novel, Penguin, 14th printing, trade pb, ex-libr else g $2 [list price: $14]
  • 0140291806 Lodge, David HOME TRUTHS: A Novella, Penguin '00, 1st Penguin printing, (based on author's play of same name), trade pb, ex-libr else g $2 [list price: $11.95]
  • 9780727865366 Masterton, Graham CHAOS THEORY, Severn House '07, 1st world edn (simultaneous with UK?), hc variant, (thriller), ex-libr else vg in laminated dj $3 [list price: $27.95]
  • 0765311860 Carroll, Jonathan SLEEPING IN FLAME, Orb, 10/04, 1st Orb edn, trade pb, ex-libr else vg $2 [list price: $13.95]
    ---back to back books by two guys I knew in high school—what are the chances?
  • 1582341222 Cheever, Benjamin THE GOOD NANNY: A Novel, Bloomsbury '04, 1st US edn [stated], ex-libr else vg in laminated dj $2 [list price: $23.95]
  • 0375506063 Masiel, David .2182 kHz, Random House '02, 1st edn [stated], ex-libr else g in laminated dj (vg reading copy) $2 [list price: $22.95]
  • 0802138667 Womack, Jack GOING, GOING, GONE, Grove Press '02, 1st printing, trade pb, ex-libr else vg $3 [list price: $13]
  • 0312363206 Lobe, Kirsten FRENCH TRYSTS: Secrets of a Courtesan, St. Martin's Griffin, 7/07, 1st edn [stated], 1st printing, (a novel), trade pb, ex-libr else g-vg $2 [list price: $13.95]
  • 1565124561 Irani, Anosh THE CRIPPLE AND HIS TALISMANS, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill '05, 1st edn [stated], 1st printing, (first published in Canada by Raincoast Books '04), ex-libr else vg in dj $3 [list price: $22.95]
  • 9781933372600 Barbery, Muriel THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, Europa Editions, 11th printing('09), (translated from the French by Alison Anderson), trade pb, g-vg $2 [list price: $15]
  • Vidal, Gore THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, Little Brown ('65), ex-libr else p-fr in dj $3 [list price: $4.75]
  • 1400043204 Boyd, William FASCINATION: Stories, Knopf '05, 1st edn [stated], ex-libr else vg in dj $3 [list price: $24]
  • 9781929919253 Currie, Roxana POLK CITY'S EARLY HISTORY Before 1900, Camp Pope '10, 2nd edn, POD edn, trade pb, vg-f $10 [list price: ?]
  • 1558611479 West, Dorothy THE LIVING IS EASY, Feminist Press, 7th('00), (originally published in 1948; afterword by Adelaide M. Cromwell), trade pb, vg-f $12 [list price: 14.95]
  • 0684846195 Offutt, Chris THE GOOD BROTHER, Scribner Paperback Fiction ('98), no © page, trade pb, ex-libr else g $2 [list price: $13]
  • 1558614559 Hughes, Dorothy B. IN A LONELY PLACE, Feminist Press '03, 1st printing, (in Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp series; originally published in 1947; afterword by Lisa Maria Hogeland), trade pb, ex-libr else g $5 [list price: $14.95]
  • 1416936599 Unanimous I HATE ANN COULTER!, Simon Spotlight Entertainment '07, 1st edn, 1st printing, trade pb, vg-f $3 [list price $9.95]
  • Moynihan, William T. THE CRAFT AND ART OF DYLAN THOMAS, Cornell University Press, 2nd('66), ex-libr else g in dj $10 [list price: $6.50]

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