Articles by: Nora O'Neill

The next big thing… or the end of civilization?

The next big thing… or the end of civilization?

Rare book dealers have a certain image in pop culture.  They are generally a bit eccentric, standoffish, erudite, and curmudgeonly.  Librarians have a somewhat similar image, but generally are more aimed at facilitating the wide dissemination of knowledge.  The book dealer is much more personal.  They may only share their[Read More…]

Literary trash to enduring classic

Literary trash to enduring classic

It’s hard to predict what books will be considered “classics” decades after their publication.  Books hailed as literary masterpieces by critics often clutter up thrift shops and rummage sales a mere decade later. Things derided as utter trash end up being required reading decades later since they made such an[Read More…]

by February 29, 2012 Miscellaneous
4 boxes of books removed due to CPSIA


Nothing sends customers into a tizzy faster than a missing package.  Once it leaves your hands, there’s only so much you can do to find one of these waylaid packages.  Tracking SHOULD tell you where it is, but if it wasn’t scanned in at a step, it can appear to[Read More…]

by January 31, 2012 Miscellaneous, Selling Books Online

International shipping: how long will it REALLY take to get there?

The shipping estimate on the USPS website is lovely, but its not actually guaranteed for most shipping classes.  For First Class mail, estimating when it will ACTUALLY arrive vs when the the USPS says it will can be frustrating.  Having shipped hundreds of packages overseas, here’s how I estimate when[Read More…]

by January 23, 2012 Miscellaneous, Selling Books Online

Using SKUs to streamline packing and shipping

If you use any type of inventory software, it probably asks you for a SKU or stock-keeping unit for each item.  SKUs are different than the UPC or the ISBN as they are assigned not simply to a specific title but to a specific ITEM.  You can easily have two[Read More…]

by December 31, 2011 Inventory Management, Work Smarter

4 questions to ask when ordering textbooks for customers

If there’s one type of book I will hold a party for when it goes totally to ebook format, it will be the textbook.  They change so frequently and are so specific they’re pretty well not worth carrying in a general shop.  Leave textbooks sales to those that specialize in[Read More…]

Did this come with a dust jacket? and does it matter?

Most, but not all, hardcovers come with a jacket of some sort.  If its missing, it can greatly effect the value of the book.  But not all books come with jackets and its sometimes hard to tell if it was issued with one or not. Recent books, the data from[Read More…]

Do it yourself bookshelves

Do it yourself bookshelves

Do it yourself bookshelves: some practical, some novel.

by November 29, 2011 Brick and Mortar Thoughts