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BookThink NewsBlog http://bookthink.com/wordpress The #1 ranked resource provider for online and open shop bookdealers, book collectors, and serious readers Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:13:29 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 RIP Nora Ephron http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=72 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=72#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:13:29 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=72 Continue reading ]]> Nora Ephron | 1941-2012

Writer and Filmmaker With a Genius for Humor

Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist in the Dorothy Parker mold (only smarter and funnier, some said) who became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally,” died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.

The cause was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein said.

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Proactive Scouting vs. Reactive Scouting http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=68 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=68#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:31:48 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=68 Continue reading ]]> When an event such as the untimely death of Rodney King occurs, it is not surprising that a book about him, such as The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, will make an appearance on the Amazon Movers and Shakers list it is #2, with an almost 64,000% jump in sales rank in the last 24 hours.

All a bookseller can do in that situation is to react to the market.

But other events we know to expect.

2014 will mark the centennial of the start of the Great War, as it was known in its day – World War I to us.

I think that there will be significant interest in the period, and now is the time to start developing a collection.

The soldier-poet Wilfrid Owen said “My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.”

The subject resonates today.

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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=66 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=66#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:14:53 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=66 Continue reading ]]> Not unexpected at 91, and in poor health, but his death yesterday marks another changing of the old guard in science fiction.
Ray Bradbury dies: Science fiction author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘Martian Chronicles’ was 91

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Keeping Up with the Hatfields and McCoys http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=62 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=62#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:55:35 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=62 Continue reading ]]> Amazon publishes a ‘Movers and Shakers’ list, updated hourly, which shows the items in that category which are showing the greatest gains in sales. In other words, it measures the delta – the rate of change, rather than rank per se.

Ever since the History Channel series about the Hatfields and McCoys premiered, books about the Hatfields and McCoys have been hot, with at least three appearing in the top 20 every time I have checked.

Good knowledge for booksellers to have, and it applies to all sorts of events.

What is really fun to observe are the books that have made sudden extreme jumps in rank, in the hundreds of thousands of percentage increase:

Dollars to donuts both had a mention from an ‘influencer’ or opinion leader. Identifying when and who is left as an exercise to the reader…

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How Do You Remove a Bookplate? http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=60 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=60#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 15:32:24 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=60 From Lew Jaffe, the Bookplate Junkie, come these detailed step-by-step directions on how to remove a bookplate:

How Do You Remove a Bookplate?

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RIP Maurice Sendak http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=57 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=57#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 14:09:41 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=57 New York Times Obituary

Where the Wild Things Are will always be in my Top Ten list of children’s picture books.

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CABS Scholarships Available http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=55 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=55#comments Sat, 05 May 2012 02:11:29 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=55 Continue reading ]]>

Courtesy of Cynthia Gibson for CABS:

Here is a list of scholarships still available for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, sorted by application date (soonest first). As you can see, they are many, and quite generous. For full details, please visit http://www.bookseminars.com/scholarships.php  Please help us make sure that they all go to good use by applying to as many you are eligible for — and come join us in the shadow of Pike’s Peak in August!

Chrislands: Apply by May 31st

ABAA: Apply by June 1st

IOBA: Apply by June 1st

ABE: Apply by June 4th

Barnes & Noble: Apply by June 13th

Bibliopolis: Apply by June 15th

CABS: Apply by June 15th

Foreseeing Solutions: Apply by June 15th

Alibris: Apply by July 1st

Biblio: Apply by July 1st

RMABA: Apply by July 1st

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Create Your Own Friendly URL to Your Amazon Storefront http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=49 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=49#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 19:34:15 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=49 Continue reading ]]> At first glance, this announcement does not appear to be big news:

Create a friendly URL for your storefront

Help your customers find your products on Amazon by creating a friendly URL like http://www.amazon.com/shops/YourStoreName. To create a custom short URL, go to your Seller Account Information page and click “Edit” in the Seller Information section. On the Seller Information page, you can set or change your short URL.

You probably thought that you could do this already with your seller name, and that is correct. You might, for instance, already use the short URL ‘http://www.amazon.com/shops/My_Used_Books’. Fair enough, and the correct choice if you have already ‘branded’ your seller name. But if you weren’t able to ‘claim’ the name that you initially wanted as a seller name, you may be able to select it now as your short URL.

This change also offers an opportunity for another land grab in cyberspace. Say that you specialize in collectible children’s books, and have a not-very-well-branded seller name. This is your opportunity to claim ‘http://www.amazon.com/shops/Collectible-Childrens-Books’, or some variant.

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Chip Kidd on Book Design at TED2012 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=44 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=44#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:16:53 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=44 Continue reading ]]> Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.

Chip Kidd on Book Design at TED2012

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Know Your State Sales Tax Obligations http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=39 http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=39#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:59:01 +0000 Karin http://bookthink.com/wordpress/?p=39 Continue reading ]]> eBay today; Amazon tomorrow?

An article in today’s Auctionbytes, States and Snitches Target eBay Sellers Who Duck Sales Taxes, makes it clear that although much of the recent discussion around online taxes has addressed the ongoing debate over tangled interstate issues, sellers – online and off – are still clearly required to remit the tax on sales within their own state, save for the five states that have no sales tax (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon). What about the many sellers who do not?

Many are simply ignorant of the law, reasoning that they are “too small” to register. But the bar is surprisingly low. In California, for example, “Generally a person who makes three or more sales of merchandise in a 12-month period is considered a retailer and required to hold a seller’s permit. This is true regardless of whether the sales are at retail or for resale or delivered outside California,” said a spokesman for the California BOE.

“A person who sells merchandise in California, even temporarily, is required to register with the BOE and pay tax on their taxable sales. Sales by retailers made through Internet auction houses, such as eBay, are generally subject to California sales tax,” the spokesman added.
Easy enough to forgive. But many are large volume sellers, who simply shirk their tax collecting responsibilities to give themselves a competitive advantage with law-abiding retailers who do collect the tax.

Their days may well be numbered; the new 1099K filings are allowing states to look for discrepancies between sales made and taxes paid.

Remember – it is the customer who owes and pays the tax – it doesn’t come out of your pocket. There are advantages to registering as well – you will be able to buy inventory without paying sales tax.

Want to get legal? You should be able to find all the information that you need here:

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Web Site

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