Low Cost Credit Card Processing Solutions

Heraclitus is credited with stating that “everything flows , nothing remains “.  It is certainly true in the world of business and in the world of the book business.  I opened my  first retail store in 2002.  It was a gift shop. I was very happy to obtain a merchant account.  I didn’t mind the […]Read More

Graceful Exits

In the midst of begats and died one name stands out – Enoch. In the Christian Bible book of  Genesis the story is told that “Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him” . I know that I am not the only one who has wondered about this story. Later in […]Read More

Random Musings of A Mad Bookseller

  It must have been in 9th grade or so when I first read the poem in my high school English class.  The imagery of the poem entranced me !  It became one of my favorite poems.  Like a piece of clothing washed too many times , life and time washed away the vibrant memory […]Read More

In Defense of Real Books

I love books and always have.  I would have a hard time imagining a world without books.  I know that there are societies that still exist that don’t have books and they seem to get along just fine.  I am not an anthropologist and don’t know all of the social ramifications that come about once […]Read More

Shipping Large Boxes of Books Revisited

This is the second part of my “Shipping Large Boxes of Books” In the first part of this I related the story of shipping a large set of “The Encyclopaedia Britannica” to a customer at a US Embassy. Early in October I got another order for a set of “The Encyclopaedia Britannia.  This order was for […]Read More

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

    October 16th 2012 marked the 158th anniversary of the birth of one of my favorite writers – Oscar Wilde.  Oscar Wilde was certainly one of the wittiest men who ever lived.  He is remembered for many things. He enjoyed great fame and success as a writer of short stories, plays, poems, prose and […]Read More

Valuable Guides To First Editions

Like most booksellers , I never really thought  much about first editions until I became a bookseller.  I collected books of all sorts, had a particular fondness for antiquarian books, but I never seemed to be overly concerned about the  edition of  the book was that was in my possession – unless it was a […]Read More

Identifying First Editions

If you sell books either in a store or online for any period of time sooner or later you will be called upon to do a task that can prove to be very valuable to your bottom line – determine if a book is a first edition.  Determining whether or not a book in your […]Read More