Book Buying

Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is[Read More…]

by November 29, 2014 Book Buying
Black Friday for Book Lovers

Black Friday for Book Lovers

As the U.S. gears up for Thanksgiving and the ever-changing Black Friday sales, the focus tends to be on electronics, video games, toys and clothes. There are, however, a multitude of deals available for book lovers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for print or e-books, new books or classics,[Read More…]

by November 27, 2014 Book Buying
Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology

Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology

by Jas Faulkner “How long ago was Bush president? No need to answer. It’s a rhetorical question. Take a look at this.” Sam, who was on book sorting detail, bent down out of frame of her webcam and straightened back up.  In each hand she was holding a trade paperback. [Read More…]

Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

by Jas Faulkner You could call this article “The Hanff Effect: Part One”. This story actually has two beginnings. The most recent is my friends’ experience with a reading group that had just finished Helene Hanff’s books and how they took them to heart. You’ll hear more about that later[Read More…]

by February 18, 2014 Book Buying, Book Collecting, Books & Mags
Bookstore Inventory Decisions – Do I Stock Romances?

Bookstore Inventory Decisions – Do I Stock Romances?

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men (Oft Go Awry) In the earliest days of my bookstore, we carried mostly romances: historical, Gothic, Harlequins and Regency Romances. The biggest romance writer at the time was Dame Barbara Cartland, Regency romance author, who penned 500+ novels and was buried in[Read More…]

by December 17, 2013 Inventory Management
Some Old, Some Pretty and Some Downright Odd Books

Some Old, Some Pretty and Some Downright Odd Books

by Terri Fox of  The Garden of Readin’ — the used book shop and tea room in historic Edenton, NC   So a man walked into a bookshop. [I was hoping to come up with a clever joke but couldn’t think of one, so we’ll just move on.]   My[Read More…]

by August 23, 2013 Book Buying
I thought 900 bucks was bad. ABE has a few for well over a thousand. That angel in the cocktail better be watching over my sloppy husband!

Art Deco Dust Jackets

While perusing the New York Antiquarian Book Show, I came across a seller, Yesterday’s Gallery & Babylon Revisited, whose inventory almost exclusively deals in the period between the wars. The dust jackets of that span reflected the artistic craze now known as Art Deco. I’ve collected many books with the Deco motif,[Read More…]

My big book scouting find in Boston.

Phoenix Books Rise Again

One of the publishers from crime fiction’s past, was a little name that tried to become a bigger power among heavy hitters. Not necessarily known for their quality, they did try hard. They signed up some known authors whose contracts perhaps expired with other publishers, and some names never heard[Read More…]