“Bookman & The Lady” on selling books

Bookman & The Lady (biblio.com)
Image credit: thebookmanandthelady.com

A Biblio bookseller, Bookman & The Lady, recently wrote an article for Ohio about their business and their love of books.

Here’s a snippet:

And yet we do sell books. Actual physical books that people still buy, even in this age when every form of media can be delivered digitally and often instantaneously.

I can understand why a person would say that…that no one buys books anymore.

And yet, people like to talk about books, whether they’re doom and glooming it about the decline of the book or mourning a burned down library or – in what is happily more and more becoming my reality – talking about how much they love books. And, in so far as our very subjective experience as people who sell books goes, people do buy books.

(Click here for the full article)

Their northern New Mexico online shop specializes in rare and collectible books and vintage clothing: http://www.thebookmanandthelady.com/

You can view the bookish part of their inventory at their Biblio storefront.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


2015 Don Dario Scholarship Winner

August 10, 2012 CABS Janine Moodhe
August 10, 2012 CABS
Janine Moodhe

Books Renewed has been awarded the 2015 Don Dario Scholarship!

Biblio would like to thank to each and every applicant for the 2015 Don Dario scholarship for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

We receive quite a few applications for the Don Dario scholarship every year from our worthy booksellers and it is always difficult to choose only one of them to win! After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Christopher Korczak of Books Renewed to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2015. Congratulations, Christopher!

Christopher will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.  There is also a $250 donation heading to Little Free Libraries to help us to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

We wish Christopher a safe journey and a wonderful time in Colorado! We hope that he returns to Books Renewed in Massachusetts with a new wealth of knowledge about rare and antiquarian books.

To the many booksellers that were not choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year! Biblio.com offers an annual scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar – The Don Dario Honorary Scholarship is offered in keeping with Biblio’s stated commitment to Environment, Independence and Community.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


My Biblio order came from Amazon?!

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We welcome professional booksellers to list on Biblio.

“Dear Biblio. Why in the world did my order from your online marketplace get delivered from Amazon, with the box, invoice, and everything covered in their logos? Are you guys some kind of front for them?!”

*sigh*

No, we are still an independent business, and we are not affiliated with Amazon.

Biblio’s goal of allowing independent booksellers to sell their books online with ease and autonomy has not changed.

However, one of the side effects of that freedom is that some Biblio sellers may also list their books on other venues, including Amazon and the Amazon-owned ABEbooks. Some sellers may also use “Fulfillment by Amazon” as a way to cut their delivery costs.  This means that the sellers send their physical book inventories to Amazon and when they receive an order, the shipment is then handled by the Amazon warehouse. That is most likely what happened with your order.

I can attest that most of our sellers do not use those methods, but I cannot promise that you won’t see this happen again! Remember, though – the independent seller is still the one who gets your business whether through Biblio or through another marketplace, and that’s what we really care about.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Collecting a Series

Regardless of what book series you choose to go for, the collecting experience is invariably fun, and the end result unquestionably appealing on the bookshelf.


What Classifies a Book as Rare?

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Is This Book Rare?

We at Biblio receive lots of emails about the value and rarity of books. Often, a loved one recently passed and family members happen to find a very old or antique book and are curious about its worth. There are many variables that must be considered when assigning value, and how rare a book is certainly one of them.

A book is considered to be “out of print” when a publisher no longer prints copies of the book in question, but a book simply being out-of-print does not equal rarity. If out of print books can be easily found in the back of bookstores or in boxes hidden in the warehouses of publishers, they may be out of print, but they are not rare, and often not very valuable. It is important to understand that even if a book is scarce, if there is no demand for it, it is not considered rare.

Older books that may not have ISBN information attached to them are usually going to be considered more rare than others simply because they are not as easily tracked, so their availability on the market is more ambiguous. (more…)


A Review of CABS 2013

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Renaissance Books storefront on George St

This post authored by Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle, of Renaissance Books (New Zealand) – Winner of the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

Firstly, thank you to Biblio for awarding me the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship to attend the 2013 CABS seminar. I traveled a long way (from New Zealand), and the assistance from Biblio was a great help.

I would definitely recommend CABS (Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar) for anyone with a serious interest in book selling. In today’s world, the traditional bookselling model of opening up a brick-and-mortar bookshop, and then sitting back and waiting for customers to walk through the door, is increasingly becoming less viable.

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Booksellers! You can now create Free Shipping Sales and offer free shipping on selected inventory items!

You asked for it, and now it’s here! You can now offer free shipping on selected inventory items, and you can specify a date range for that offer.  You’ll use the same tools that already exist for setting up book sales, and you can offer free shipping alone OR in addition to a book price reduction!

Offering free domestic shipping is an effective tool for increasing sales.  You already have the option of entering zeros in your shipping matrix if you want to offer free shipping on all orders to specific shipping zones, and a lot of sellers are now offering free domestic shipping by doing just that.  We heard from many Biblio booksellers who liked that tool, but wanted a way to offer free domestic shipping on selected inventory items only.  Now you can create a book sale which includes all or just a portion of your inventory with free shipping as the discount you offer.  Your free shipping offer can be combined with a book price discount or stand alone.  You can include all your books in your free shipping sale, hand-pick individual items, or select portions of your inventory.  For details about setting up a free shipping sale, click here.  If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our support team by clicking here.


Biblio Booksellers: Enter to win a scholarship to the 2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar!

colorado abs logoBiblio.com is pleased to offer a scholarship to the 2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Named in honor of a community leader who was instrumental in helping us open the first public library in Bolivia, the Don Dario Scholarship is provided annually to one bookseller in recognition of their experience and professionalism in the book trade.
This year’s scholarship recipient will receive:

* The full cost of tuition

* $250 toward accommodations at the facilities provided by the seminar

* $250 donation to a non-profit of their choice that promotes literacy and/or education

Additionally, the winner will receive one free year of listing fees, along with Biblio’s lowest commission option.

 The scholarship is open to any registered Biblio.com bookseller.

Applicants should provide:

1. A few paragraphs on why you hope to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. (no more than one single-spaced page)

2. A brief description of the charity you would choose to receive the donation and why you chose them. (again, no more than one single-spaced page)

Email your entry and/or any questions about the scholarship to scholarship@biblio.com by July 1, 2013.

The scholarship winner will be notified within 7-10 days of the application deadline.

Best of luck to all of our scholarship applicants!


Act 2 Books Named Recipient of 2012 Don Dario Scholarship

The selection committee was amazed by this year’s Don Dario scholarship application essays for the 2012 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. The entries this year were universally high quality, and after much deliberation, our committee has selected Mike Uhde of Act 2 Books for this year’s scholarship.

In addition to full tuition to the week-long seminar and $250 toward travel and accommodation expenses, Uhde will have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.

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Congratulations to Grateful Dead Books LLC!

Thanks to everyone who applied for this year’s Don Dario scholarship to the 2011 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. The process of naming one winner is always extremely difficult for our selection committee, but this year brought a record number of applicants, and the entries this year were universally high quality.

After much deliberation, our committee has selected Hamlin Endicott of Grateful Dead Books LLC for this year’s scholarship.

In addition to full tuition to the week-long seminar and $250 toward travel and accommodation expenses, Hamlin will have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.

Hamlin has chosen the Georgia Humanities Council for the $250 charitable contribution portion.

We wish Hamlin great travels, and anxiously await hearing about his experiences at the seminar.

To the many booksellers that sadly we couldn’t choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year!