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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

third box

I'm on a roll. Finished two boxes now (save for a couple I'm setting aside to read myself first)—on to the third:
  • 0345457374 Tan, Amy THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER, Ballantine, 2nd printing, (includes Reader's Guide), vg $2 [list price: $14.95]
  • 0525246460 Straczynski, J. Michael DEMON NIGHT, Dutton ('88), 1st edn, 1st printing, (a novel; genuinely frightening), ex-libr else p-fr in dj $2 [list price: $18.95]
  • 0316192945 Denby, David AMERICAN SUCKER, Little Brown ('04), 1st edn, 1st printing, (includes bibliographical references), ex-libr else g in laminated dj $2 [list price: $24.95]
  • 1932234004 Suzuki, Koji RING, Vertical ('03), 1st American edn, (the novel that spawned blockbuster horror films on both sides of the Pacific; originally published in 1991; Translation: Robert B. Rohmer & Glynne Walley), ex-libr else g in acetate dj $2 [list price: $24.95]
  • 0312572948 Ramsay, Jay (=Ramsey Campbell) NIGHT OF THE CLAW, St. Martin's ('83), 1st US edn, 1st printing, (A Novel of Horror), ex-libr else fr in dj $2 [list price: $12.95]
  • 1593081170 Brontë, Charlotte JANE EYRE, Barnes & Noble Classics, 2nd printing, (intro & notes by Susan Ostrov Weisser; also includes biography, chronology, inspired by, comments & questions & further reading), vg+ $2 [list price: $7.95]
  • 9780316040921 Pelecanos, George THE TURNAROUND, Back Bay/Little Brown, 4/09, 1st Back Bay pb printing, (Readers' Pick Guide Inside), vg+ $2 [list price: $14.99]
  • 0393325172 O'Brian, Patrick MASTER AND COMMANDER: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Norton, 5th printing, (movie tie), remainder mark, book sale stamp, vg+ $2 [list price: $13.95]
  • White, T.H. THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, Putnam's, 11th printing, ex-libr else p-fr in dj $3 [list price: $6.95]
  • 0767902521 Bryson, Bill A WALK IN THE WOODS: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Broadway, 30th('01), vg+ $2 [list price: $13.95]
  • 9781416594895 Le Carré, John A MOST WANTED MAN, Scribner, 8/09, 1st Scribner trade pb printing, remainder mark, book sale stamp, else vg-f $2 [list price: $16]
  • 9781400030323 Nesser, Håkan BORKMANN'S POINT: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2nd printing, (translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson), vg $2 [list price: $12.95]
  • 052512263X Puig, Manuel HEARTBREAK TANGO: A Serial, Dutton, 2nd('74), (Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine), ex-libr else g in dj $2 [list price: $6.95]
  • 9780385342568 Coben, Harlan TELL NO ONE / GONE FOR GOOD, Delta, 3rd printing, (2-in-1 edn; 370+420 pages), vg $3 [list price: $15]
  • 1594480370 Moran, Thomas ANJA THE LIAR, Riverhead, 11/04, 1st trade pb printing, (A New York Times Notable Book), ex-libr else g $2 [list price: $14]
  • 034536158X Hess, Joan A REALLY CUTE CORPSE, Ballantine 36158, 9th printing, (A Claire Malloy Mystery), vg+ (nearly "as new") $2 [list price: $4.99]
  • 0553294385 Asimov, Isaac I, ROBOT, Spectra 29438, 12th printing, (in The Robot Series), vg-f $2 [list price: $6.50]
  • 0451218205 Weiner, Ellis THE BIG BOAT TO BYE-BYE, Signet 21820, 4/06, 1st Signet printing, (mystery novel featuring Pete Ingalls, P.I.—the Pee-wee Herman of Philip Marlowes), vg-f $2 [list price: $6.99]
  • 0743497554 Shirley, John CONSTANTINE, Pocket Star 9755, 3rd printing, (movie novelization; basted on Hellblazer graphic-novel characters), vg-f $3 [no list price]
  • 0449132463 MacDonald, John D. THE GREEN RIPPER, Fawcett Gold Medal 13246, 20th(12/91), (A Travis McGee Novel), g $2 [list price: $4.95]
  • 0843955848 King, Stephen THE COLORADO KID, Hard Case HCC-013, 10/05, "First Publication Anywhere", (PBO), vg+ (nearly "as new") $10 [list price: $5.99]
  • 0743499204 Kratman, Tom A STATE OF DISOBEDIENCE, Baen 9920, 8/05, 1st pb printing, (Welcome to the Second American Revolution), vg $2 [list price: $7.99]
    ---Not my cup of tea (-party)! But if you like snarled thinking... (based on reading the prologue only.)
  • 0345430808 Baxter, Stephen MANIFOLD: ORIGIN, Del Rey 43080, 1/03, 1st mass-market printing, (3rd in trilogy), $2 g+ [list price: $6.99]
  • 9781416565178 Hunter, Stephen I, SNIPER, Pocket 6517, 10/10, 1st Pocket printing, (A Bob Lee Swagger Novel; It takes a seasoned hunt one), vg+ $2 [list price: $9.99]
  • 0440225442 Coben, Harlan ONE FALSE MOVE, Dell 22544, 16th printing, (A Myron Bolitar Novel), g $2 [list price: $7.99]
  • 0425046613 Myrer, Anton THE INTRUDER, Berkley 04661, 10/80, (A novel of terror and desire), g-vg $2 [list price: $2.75]
  • 0451218299 Kerley, Jack THE DEATH COLLECTORS, Signet 21829, 5/06, 1st Signet printing, (where madness is an art and murder is the most beautiful act imaginable), vg+ $2 [list price: $7.99]
  • 9780340992999 King, Stephen JUST AFTER SUNSET, Hodder '09, 1st UK pb, (stories), vg $2 [list price: £7.99]
  • 0140441654 More, Thomas UTOPIA, Penguin Classics, 45th printing, (Paul Turner [translator & intro]), trade pb, vg $2 [list price: $7.95]
  • 0670034592 Coetzee, J.M. SLOW MAN, Viking '05, 1st American edn, ex-libr else g-vg in laminated dj $2 [list price: $24.95]
    ---the listing-service has the publisher as "Viking Adult"—if it's a juvenile or a children's book, call it that; otherwise assume it's for grown-ups; or is it pornography?
  • 0670417556 Carroll, Jonathan LAND OF LAUGHS, Viking '80, 1st, ex-libr else g in g+ dj $4 [list price: $10.95]
End Notes:
  • I'd been under the impression that if books didn't sport isbns that I couldn't list them on Now I notice it's "If you know the ISBN..." Next time I have a non-isbn book, I'll see if I can't list in there. I do know that listings won't show up on eBay searches (half is owned by eBay) except through isbn searches. But my half sales through eBay have been mighty miniscule of late.
  • I like the "acceptable" (worst) rating that Amazon and Half have. The books may be "poor" or "fair" but usually they are in very readable condition, and quite acceptable for that purpose. Which purpose agrees with me more than as a collectible. That said, however, fine copies are nicer to have.
  • As soon as I say "I'm on a roll" I go on a several-day hiatus. I enjoy cataloging books, even though it is not particularly remunerative—especially the current crop; so it shouldn't be something I have such trouble keeping at.

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