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Books and Covid-19

Posted on 09/07/20, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Books, as many will agree, can be very useful during the country’s Covid-19 lockdown.  My daughters gave me, last Christmas, Factfulness by Hans Rosling.  Basically it tells you that things are getting better, not worse, and encourages you to look more closely at the actual statistics, rather than using your own out-of-date prejudices.

However, I am also a (semi-) retired pensions lawyer – and one of the delights of… read the rest of “Books and Covid-19”

On the clear difference between customer service and the quality of books sold

Posted on 04/12/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

In September 2017 I took a week’s holiday in the Transylvanian region of Roumania.  I was away for exactly a week.

During that week a customer ordered a book.  By the time I had returned from my holiday the customer had decided that I was not going to send the book and had put in a formal complaint to PayPal, who process card payments for me.  So the business’s… read the rest of “On the clear difference between customer service and the quality of books sold”

On first editions

Posted on 04/09/17, filed under Fresh News | 1 Comment

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Back in the 1980s I thoroughly annoyed a lot of booksellers by writing an article for the grandly-named Antiquarian Book Monthly Review – the article was entitled ‘Every Book Has a First Edition’.  Those were the days when the mere fact that a book was a first edition was enough to increase its value.  If the book was in… read the rest of “On first editions”

On the pricing of secondhand books, Part 2

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Having already dealt with books priced at £0.01, I shall now deal with books on The Website That Is Intent on World Domination and its subsidiary websites which are on sale for ridiculously high prices.  The booksellers who seek to charge these high prices are usually in the United States, and describe the books in very basic terms, such as ‘This is a pre-owned, second-hand book.  Condition : fair’, or… read the rest of “On the pricing of secondhand books, Part 2”

On the pricing of secondhand books, Part 1

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

When I go into a bookshop selling new books, I always come out horrified at the prices publishers now ask for books.  Perfect-bound paperbacks at £19.95?  Who on earth would want to buy those?  The principles of supply and demand apply to books just as they do to houses, works of art and vintage cars – and to secondhand books as well as to new books.

At the same… read the rest of “On the pricing of secondhand books, Part 1”

On book club books

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Anyone who spends any time in secondhand bookshops (or as they now tend to be called, charity shops) will be familiar with the GP logo on the spine of a book – or if the book is older, the BCA or even the PBS logo.  These all denote books offered for sale by book clubs.

A book club was intended for real book enthusiasts.  You were usually enticed in… read the rest of “On book club books”

On the condition of a second-hand book – 8

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Still they come – a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

A used book that may have some cosmetic wear (i.e. shelf-wear, slightly torn or missing dust jacket, dented corner, pages may include limited notes and highlighting). All text in great shape! Comes with our 100% Money Back Guarantee. Our customer service can't be beat!  [This is… read the rest of “On the condition of a second-hand book - 8”

On the condition of a second-hand book – 7

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Still they come – a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

First Edition. 160 pages. No dust jacket. Pages have a distinct odour. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Moderate water staining and mould growth to boards. Unclipped dust jacket. Mild wear and tear to edges and corners. Mild staining and soiling to DJ. Check… read the rest of “On the condition of a second-hand book - 7 ”

On the condition of a second-hand book – 6

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Still they come – a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

First edition; dust jacket age-toned/rubbed/lightly soiled, rear panel has small tear (<0.5 inch) near spine, panel edges rubbed/bumped with multiple tiny chips/tears (<0.25 inch), front panel top edge has ~1 inch tear, rear panel top edge has ~0.75 inch tear and ~1.25 inch tear, rear panel… read the rest of “On the condition of a second-hand book - 6”

On the condition of a second-hand book – 5

Posted on 01/09/17, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Still they come – a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

Original stock from main distributors, dispatched as fast as humanly possible. Buy with confidence and receive details of workshops with author and details of campaign organizations.  [I’m buying a book, thanks.  I get quite enough spam emails and junk mail already.]

Superb book from college… read the rest of “On the condition of a second-hand book - 5 ”

On booksellers claiming spurious charitable credentials

Posted on 19/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

I make no secret of the fact that a good number of the books on this web-site I bought from charity shops.  There’s nothing wrong with that – the charity receives the price it asks for (I don’t have the cheek to claim a trade discount) and I then bear the risk of never finding a buyer for the book, and the cost of putting it on the web-site

On the condition of a second-hand book – 4

Posted on 19/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Still they come – a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

May contain minor creasing/scuffing to dust cover if there is one present and mild tanning to pages. But otherwise will be of exceptional quality.   [But we haven’t actually looked . . . . ]

Good readable copy, might have high-lighting or markings inside, might be

On the condition of a second-hand book – 3

Posted on 19/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

Here are a few more noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

Nice large copy.  [You mean I can choose the size of book I’d like?]

Used – Acceptable. Cover is almost completely detached from the binding upon opening the book, exposing the spine. Otherwise, wear to cover around edges.  Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been

On the condition of a second-hand book – 2

Posted on 19/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

As promised, here are a few noteworthy book descriptions from the web, together with my comments and interpretations [in italics] :

Nice clean book.  Clean pages. [Completely shot to bits, but clean]

Unknown binding. Condition: Good.  Used book but in Good Condition for sensible price. [But since we don’t know what kind of binding the book has, you can’t assume we’ve actually looked at it].

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On the condition of a second-hand book

Posted on 19/01/13, filed under Fresh News | No Comments

One of the problems of buying a book by mail-order is that you cannot handle the book, flick through it, look at the pictures, and make your own decision whether the book is worth the price being asked.  You can do that in a proper book-shop, but the combined effects of rent, business rates, staff costs and the innumerable charity shops just down the road have made “proper” book-shops