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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Are all sellers created equal?
Biblio press release on 2005.
All and all this was a great year for Biblio. In terms of seller services and support things have greatly improved or remained constant - something incredibly unique for this industry in 2005. We still get complaints about sales numbers, but I expect these numbers to increase greatly in 2006 as well. (Full press release)
Friday, December 30, 2005
Online holiday sales up
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I will be taking a small break from the blog this week and next week. If anything pertinent comes to my attention, I will still pass it along. Between the holidays, very hectic pace on my own site, and a slow news time I thought it would make the most sense.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Giving Us a Bad Name
Best Business Bank in the Northeast
I absolutely love my Citizens Bank account. They offer exceptional service and a great online banking center. I have to restate the service part, their tellers and agents are really some of the friendliest bank employees I have ever met. My account is free up to 200 transactions. It doesn't seem like a lot, but most of my deposits are consolidated already through Paypal. Not only that if you may a deposit through the ATM, it does not count toward the 200. Unfortunately, they do only exist in the Northeast.
Before I mention my next favorite, I do want to say that we are an affiliate of American Express. I really enjoy the American Express business credit cards. In the past, they have helped me sustain growth in our business when our cash flow management was less than efficient. The key for small businesses is to find a no fee card with an extended 0% APR introductory rate. We've had a good experience with the Platinum Business Card. I like it for small businesses because it offers a 12 month 0% APR, a solid (free) rewards program, no annual fee, and easy set-up even for new sole proprietor business. The one con for AMEX cards is that they are not quite as universal as Visa (although we've never had a problem). The Platinum Business Credit Card
from American Express, No Annual Fee - 0% intro APR - Pay Over Time
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Report on the UK book market
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
"When talking to that reporter I was referring to the conclusions and results of the BISG’s report into used books that was previewed at the end of September, and only a small segment of our conversation was reported.
The study reported $2.2 billion in used book sales revenue in 2004 with $1.6 billion of that total accounted for by used educational books. It said used textbook sales were up 7% from 2003 and that online sales of used books were $609 million in 2004 - a 33% increase over 2003.
There is an acute shortage of used textbooks in North America - supply can’t match demand. Students are unwilling to pay sky-high list prices for brand new books and are looking for alternative places to buy used copies in ever increasing numbers. I am sure there is no other area of bookselling as vibrant as used textbooks at the moment. That’s why Abebooks.com is once again heavily marketing itself to students in December and January as a new semester approaches."
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Used Textbooks the Fastest Growing
This is news to me and probably for any other professional bookseller. My reading has led me to believe that Religion and Spanish-language books are the fastest growing segments. This of course is based on statistics for new books. I was unaware that such empirical data were available. I will try and follow up on this. (Article link)
Great article on Indie sellers
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Worth the Work! Biblio Offers Gift Certificates
This is a welcome improvement from those who love buying and selling on Biblio. I still think it is hard to beat what Biblio offers sellers in terms of fees and flexibility - sales of course are another question. In any event, this program seems to really cap what has been an excellent year for the site.