Every time I sell one of Bob’s books I wrap it up to go, and think Why didn’t I read this first? Look how distinctive this one is. How many Appalachian-Stonehenge fantasy novels have you read? None, you say? That’s what I thought.
I’m mailing it out today and I want to say a few good words here for selling on Amazon. I’ve tried selling books on eBay too, but with little success. Amazon takes what seems like a hefty commission, but the books stay listed until they sell, and the process is straightforward and professional. Not many books find an immediate buyer; I’ve recently sold a few that I listed on Amazon over a year ago. For a small seller like me, continuing an eBay listing that long gets expensive, and it’s far too much trouble.
Here’s what I like about the process of sorting books: I can stumble upon a great retro cover…
… or I can read bio’s like this one of Poul Anderson as a young Sci-Fi writer, here from Three Hearts and Three Lions (1953) – and just look, his glasses are back in style. The dust jacket for his book Avatar (1978) tells us he won a knighthood for prowess in medieval combat in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Note that this one tells us he was active in the Elves, Gnomes, and Little Men’s Science Fiction, Chowder, and Marching Society.
When this book sold I wrote a note to the buyer telling him how hard it was to part with. He must have thought me mad.
When sorting Bob’s books, I get to wonder: Where did he get this, and when, and why? What was he like back then? They’re not all science fiction. Here are some others recently found:
Errors of Observation and Their Treatment
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
The Large Scale Structure of Space Time
God and Golem, Inc: A Comment on Certain Points Where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion
I sold 5 books last week — the best week I’ve had since I started in January 2012. Yes, I still have boxes left to unpack, but the number diminishes. I enjoy looking through them, and book sorting is quite productive for a procrastination job (something I do when I should be doing something else). I make a little money, and the books get a good home. Does it get any better than that?
- Three Hearts and Three Lions – Poul Anderson (yellowedandcreased.wordpress.com)