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Bookshop Accounting, we love to hate it

Bookshop Accounting, we love to hate it

The one part of my business I hate the most is accounting, marshalling those invoices, expenses and whipping them into order, bringing them into line and making them do the things they need to do.  It’s an agonising process and I always look forward to earning enough money to be[Read More…]

by May 26, 2011 Miscellaneous, Tools
Goo Gone – The Art of Removing Labels from Books

Goo Gone – The Art of Removing Labels from Books

Find yourself in a bit of a sticky situation?  All gummed up with nowhere to go!  Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s an article about the glamorous and exciting world of label removal. Our store has a reputation for having clean and very gently used books.  This is largely due to[Read More…]

by February 23, 2011 Opening a Bookstore, Tools, Work Smarter
Acrylic Display Stands

Acrylic Display Stands

Acrylic Display Stands When it comes to selling tangible goods, presentation is everything. A cardboard display stand may work for paper backs, but hardback books may need something more. By showcasing the books you want to sell in an acrylic book display, you ensure that potential customers have the best[Read More…]

by June 12, 2010 Tools
How to package a book for shipping

How to package a book for shipping

Books are shipped to many places across the globe. Have you ever wondered how they are packed to keep them tamper-proof until they reach the destinations, what are the costs involved etc? There are several methods of book packaging. Some of them may be more cost effective than others. But[Read More…]

by June 10, 2010 Miscellaneous, Tools
Do you want a Secondhand Booksellers Bootcamp in Australia?

Do you want a Secondhand Booksellers Bootcamp in Australia?

In a previous post I mentioned a Booksellers’ Boot Camp I’d read about where sellers of antiquarian and secondhand books learnt so much about the antiquarian and secondhand book trade.  Some of the topics they learn about are: How to Handle Books Mail order/online bookselling, including ethics and traditions Acquiring[Read More…]

by May 28, 2010 Tools
What do you do to help books age gracefully?

What do you do to help books age gracefully?

Quite often, when entering newly purchased books (used) you come across minor faults that you may gloss over until they get sold. By then, of course, you have forgotten their shortcomings and mail them, warts and all. I try to do mine as I go, it slows things down a[Read More…]

by April 27, 2010 Books & Mags, Tools
Should All of my Books be in a Database?

Should All of my Books be in a Database?

Database ALL of it?? Not a day goes by that I don’t hear the question, “do you have any way to look up what books you have in stock?” And as I look out over 3000 sq ft, nearly 50,000 books, I’m always delighted to be able to say, “why[Read More…]

by April 15, 2010 Inventory Management, Tools
Shipping with Bubble Mailers

Shipping with Bubble Mailers

I ran a bookstore for four years and received hundreds of books in the mail. The majority of them arrived in bubble mailers, this seems to be the preferred method of packaging for online book dealers. I’ll tell you right now that I’m not a big fan of bubble mailers.[Read More…]