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Articles - April - 2010 Issue

Key Players in the Attention Age

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By Tom McKinney

The Internet contains all sorts of mechanisms that allow collectors and book dealers to find each other, and enrichen their book-related worlds. Facebook has finally reached a saturation level in the public eye that I would suggest booksellers to make an account for their company, and collectors one for themselves! From there, having access to an image-hosting site like Flickr or Picasa is a nice, free resource, and the same goes for YouTube as a free video-hosting and streaming service. In this month's follow-up, I've gone over a few of the main companies, services and concepts that are powering today's Attention Age, and provided an example or two of how they could fit into book collectors' and dealers' lives.

Facebook and Myspace are two separate, competing social-networking websites. They began as sites accessed by mostly younger people, especially Facebook requiring a school email initially for registration, but have become near-household names now. They allow users to register which then creates a page  for themselves, or their band, or their company. This concept of a person's personal page and that attention-seeking trend paved the way for Twitter to really take hold later. In terms of books, bibliophiles can connect with other like-minded people, both around the world, and by doing local searches.

Twitter takes a single function that sites like Myspace and Facebook introduced, and centers their entire website around that one functionality. This task is known as the Status Update. To be honest, I don't know if Myspace or Facebook came out with it first, but essentially, all three sites allow you to update your status  which is then displayed to friends. Your status could be any of the following (and virtually anything you can think of): sleeping, working, killing time on Myspace, etc. The only difference with Twitter is that's all it does. It could be used by dealers to keep their mailing list informed of their latest catalogue release, or of an upcoming auction.

Flickr and Picasa Web Albums are two separate, competing image-hosting and sharing sites. There are more out there, but these are two of the most well known and established. They are free, and are tied to either your Yahoo! or Google accounts, respectively. The inclusion of cameras on many cellular phones and laptop computers has increased the ability and convenience for people to take pictures, so they are! These sites are also very handy when one has a blog & some blogs are only of images! If you're selling books online, you'll be more effective with images. These are free places for you to keep them!

Flash is a freely downloadable, multimedia platform originally developed by Macromedia, but is now distributed by Adobe Systems. It is very popular for adding animations and user-interactivity to websites. It is what sites like YouTube and MySpace use for their video. It is notable that it requires a fast, broadband connection, and a relatively up-to-date computer to be effective.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. Copperplate engraving with original hand color. London, 1755. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $175,000 to $225,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: 1827-1838. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> GONZALES DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545 - 1618). <i>The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China…</i> London, 1588. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623-1688). [World Map] Kun-Yu Ch'uan-Tu. Engraved twelve sheet map with vertical sections joined to form six sheets. Korea, Seoul, c. 1860. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> SANGGI, Chong (1678-1752). Korean Atlas. Manuscript map on mulberry bark paper. C. 1750-1790. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AKERMAN, Anders (1721-1778). & AKREL, Frederik (1779-1868). Pair of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. Stockholm, c. 1800. 23 inch diameter, each. $60,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> BENNETT, Lieut. William Pyt (d. in action, 1916). AN IMPORTANT AND APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED SERIES OF GELATIN SILVER PHOTOGRAPHS OF LHASA AND TIBET TAKEN DURING THE CELEBRATED YOUNGHUSBAND MISSION OF 1904. $60,000 to $80,000

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