First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their amazing suggestions and experience-sharing when I posted a few weeks ago about finding my workplace ‘Twitter voice!’ So far we don’t have tons of followers, but I’m happy with the Tweets that have been published, and find myself having fun with the process. This enjoyment, in my eyes, is half the battle- if it became a chore, I’m sure that the tone and content would suffer.
That being said, I’m starting to think of our online collection in terms of categories and overall themes, and how we can benefit from taking advantage of that organization. Most established Book Dealers produce and share weekly catalogues that feature similar ‘bundles,’ such as New Acquisitions, Items on Sale, or simply by genre, binding, or publication era.
Since we don’t have a dedicated site/blog, I thought Pinterest might be the next best thing. Categories are easily created, cross-listing is possible, and tagging and searching seems to be pretty user-friendly as well! Plus, we’d be reaching a whole new demographic of customers with every pin.
Do you have experience or suggestions on how Pinterest has increased your visibility for the better/worse? Please share, and lets brainstorm together!
The 2013 book event of the year is just a few days away! Thousands will pour into the Park Avenue Armory to experience antiquarian books and ephemera from around the globe. Some like to browse aimlessly, while others have a concrete plan of attack. If you’re the type that wants to formulate a game plan beforehand, here are some Bookseller catalogues that have been released early, so you can create the mightiest of Wish Lists:
I found this on our shelves at work and HAD to see if it was worth some of my cataloguing time. After a few minutes of research, I figured out that the 3-ring binder edition of the ‘Encyclopedia of Construction and Farm Toys’ by Trumm and Zarse (pictured below) contained not one, but several different reference guides arranged by toy type. Sadly, the one hiding on our shelves only contains two.
I came across an online auction listing for a similar version of the book as well. The Internet is simply lovely sometimes.
Item Description: Trumm & Zarse “A Guide to Collecting Farm Toys” Volume I & II Great Reference book 1/64th scale up, in binders both books for one money
No matter how many friends you have in the business or scouts you have roaming estate sales for you, you can always count on Bill McBride and his amazingly in-depth reference materials to always be there in a pinch. The Pocket Guide to Identification of First Editions is an invaluable resource in determining true First Editions for collecting, selling, buying, and Special Collection repository appraisal.
Even if it says First Edition, it’s not always a true First. Inside McBride lists almost every publisher ever known (AND their subsidiaries) along with a key code to determine how each denotes their actual Firsts. Let’s take his entry for the publisher Pantheon as a great example:
You can see the publisher’s name clearly labeled in bold, followed by a bunch of letters and numbers that looks like he simply jammed his fingers on the keyboard. This is the key to McBride’s genius. Let’s rewrite the entry in a manner that makes a little more sense:
Pantheon: to (c.) circa 1964: (NAP) no additional printings are indicated in the book; 1965-71: (FP) the words First Printing must appear on back of title page with no additional printings indicated; (1971 up) years 1971 to current: (FE) words First Edition must appear on back of title page with no additional printings indicated, or (FE) with a sequence of numbers (12345… or 10987654321 or 135798642, etc.) must appear with the 1 present.
And even simpler:
Pantheon: If the book is dated before 1964, the book is a First if there are no other printings listed. Between 1965-71, the publisher changed their rules and you MUST see the words First Printing or it’s not a true First. From 1971 until now, you MUST see the words First Edition, or the sequence of numbers as mentioned.
Lots of work for one little book, no? Well, it’ll all pay off when you realize you have a valuable first edition that no one can counter-argue, and that it leads you to dance all the way to the bank. Or in the case of a Library or Archival Special Collection, you have one more piece of fine literature that might just put you in contention for some grant money!
I’ve been on Twitter for a while ( @janineveazue ), and I really dig the way I’ve been able to increase my awareness of so many amazing inventions, lectures, projects, and people who are working towards book Nirvana. Passing that information around is the most fulfilling game I could ever play.
That being said, my office has just started up a Twitter feed ( @BN_Collectibles ) to highlight various items in our collection, talk about books with other book folks, and maintain a friendly relationship with those who might be interested in purchasing some of our fine titles. Acting as a social media marketer for a brand other than myself is quite new to me, and so far I’m not quite sure when my ‘voice’ should appear and when the voice of the company should step through.
I’m excited and ready for the challenge, but I’d love some recommendations from those of you out there who are also responsible for your company’s social media presence!
Gah! So sorry I’ve been absent from this lovely place. Yes, the daily images have been rotating, but alas, Twitter has won over the long form of information sharing. In order for my fingers to get back into the swing of things, let’s simply recap with a few life highlights and some select Twitter findings that are rife for the clicking. Enjoy!
Started Interning at the Explorer’s Club, checking quality of previously processed collections and soon will begin some original processing of my own!
Gearing up for a fun trip to Austin to visit some friends. The bf and I see pinball, honky-tonk, bbq, line dancing, and the lovely Harry Ransom Center in our future!
Visited a great new Science Fiction bookstore in Brooklyn called Singularity & Co., which is filled with whimsy, dedication, and floor to ceiling copies of the most colorful novels I have ever seen. A MUST see.