On Bookselling

Some interesting quotes from Peter Howard, formerly one of the top antiquarian booksellers in the United States:

“There is no possible, rational prediction that a given used or antiquarian book will sell for a given or specific price in a specific period of time.”

“A large collection of used books is difficult and often impossible to sell at a predictable or desired price.”

“Booksellers are entrepreneurs. The success of their business depends primarily (or entirely?) upon acumen honed over time; their special knowledge (absorbed over years), and their force of will. None of these elements is transferable; none can be bought and sold; occasionally they can be hired. Such entrepreneurs are vulnerable to illness, uncontrollable social or personal vicissitudes, changes in economies of scale, and bad judgment.”

“In a downward, declining or changing market, ownership of one’s building is an absolute guarantee of survival… The book market place is changing utterly, more so than in any time in history, this hour, this day, this month, this year.”

Closing Early - Saturday, October 29

We will be closing at noon (12:00 PM) on Saturday, October 29.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

The Macabre Of Bookbinding: Anthropodermic Bibliopegy

"Not too much about book history can be considered ghastly or morbid. But as you gear up for Halloween this year, don’t disregard the rumors lurking in the stacks: Some books throughout history were bound in human flesh. Anthropodermic bibliopegy, the academic term for books bound in human skin, fascinates many students and researchers around the world.  There are a handful of books living in universities, museums, and private collections across the globe with these rumors attached, and to the excitement of some — and the horror of others — several have been scientifically proven true: they are indeed bound in the flesh of humans."


Summer Hours

Please note, we will have expanded hours this summer. Here is the times and days we will be open:

Sunday: 9 AM - 2 PM
Monday: 9 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 11 AM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 11 AM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9 AM - 2 PM or later
Saturday: 9 AM - 2 PM or later

Otego Days

See you on Main Street for Otego Days.

We will have lots of books out front.

Top 100 Most Searched For Out-of-Print Books of 2015

From Abebooks comes their annual report (via Bookfinder) on the most desirable out-of-print books.

Here's the top 20:

1. Sex by Madonna

2. Rage by Richard Bachman - Stephen King

3. Unintended Consequences by John Ross

4. Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts

5. Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmid

6. Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh with Brian Billick & James Peterson

7. The Vision and Beyond, Prophecies Fulfilled and Still to Come by David Wilkerson

8. Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison

9. Halloween by Curtis Richards

10. Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor by Joseph Zbukvic

11. Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe

12. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman

13. Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh by Toby Harnden

14. Marilyn: A Biography by Norman Mailer

15. Mandingo by Kyle Onstott

16. Murmurs of Earth by Carl Sagan

17. Snake by Ken Stabler

18. A Life Worth Living by Lady Colin Campbell

19. The Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler

20. A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt