Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2011 Issue

A Personal View of 2010

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Blue Jacket Books of Xenia, Ohio.

I agree with Gene and here’s my own mantra for 2011:


Big, be it Amazon or Borders may come and go, but small is forever. As small dealers we’re in the knowledge business, whatever format it takes now or in the future. The more we know the better we’ll do. What the dealer adds is the frame of reference and credibility: why it’s important and who might want it. It’s that knowledge that differentiates the wheat from the chaff.


When I finished my year end numbers I found that 90 percent of my revenue came from 10 percent of my transactions, but there were also lots and lots and lots of small sales and at least a few repeat customers whose trade though small was welcome.


My thanks to all of you who helped me make it through.


Links to the booksellers mentioned in this month’s article


Better World Books – Antiquarian Division www.betterworldbooks.com


Blue Jacket Books www.bluejacketbooks.com


Book Fever www.bookfever.com


Books Tell You Why www.bookstellyouwhy.com


Lux Mentis www.luxmentis.com


Michael J. Osborne Books www.michaeljosbornebooks.com


Motte & Bailey www.mottebooks.com/shop/motte/index.html


Old Lahaina Book Emporium www.oldlahainabookemporium.com


Tavistock Books www.tavbooks.com


Susan Halas, a long time antiquarian dealer, writes for AE Monthly.

Reach her at halas@hawaii.rr.com



Here are the links for a year’s worth of Halas’ stories in AE Monthly


Feb. - Bookselling – It’s a Business (with Chris Volk) tinyurl.com/67hf9o2


March - ABAA – Data, Knowledge Charm, New Blood tinyurl.com/64nmdhr


April - Exit Strategies: Getting out of the Book Business tinyurl.com/63lb6ej


May - Richard Minsky on Decorative Bindings tinyurl.com/672dbmj


June - Cherokee Nation Puts History on Display tinyurl.com/5rn4awb


July- Bud Plant celebrates 40 years in Comics & Illustration - tinyurl.com/6xwheet


Sept. - Vic Zoschak Talks Bibliography tinyurl.com/6gxeokx


Oct. - Bookselling tips for eBay tinyurl.com/6xwdker


Nov. - Better World Books - tinyurl.com/6k8qk3t


Dec. - Nancy Pearl: America’s Favorite Librarian tinyurl.com/5wn2nj8


Jan. – 007: Bond for Booksellers tinyurl.com/6jbghya



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