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March 11, 2011


Karen Herzog

i do not know what "Keywords" mean when researching the cost or worth of my signed copy of Ernie Harwell's book that he wrote entitled Tuned To Baseball and his other book Diamond Gems which he also signed.

Also i am not getting anywhere when i fill in the information regarding the books to find out what they are worth so that i can sell them.

Anyone that can help me on this would be greatly appreciated !


"keywords" is the space where you would type in any terms which describe the book you are looking for which cannot be described as author, title, isbn, or price. If for instance you were looking for an edition of a book that a specific illustrator had worked on you might enter that illustrator's name in the keyword field.

For your search that you have described simply enter Ernie Harwell into the author field, Tuned To Baseball into the title field, and finally check off the "signed copy" box.


I would be more sympathetic to the publishers if there hasn't been a trend of skimping on proofreading and fact checking in the industry.


At $.99 for a self-published book, you're still not getting your money's worth. I don't understand the "race to the bottom" mindset: as an antiquarian bookseller, I'm not interested in Wal-Mart's lowest-common-denominator demographic. I want better customers, not necessarily more, cheaper ones. When the average American household spends $2000/year on cable/satellite & cellphone, as opposed to $118/year for reading (books, newspapers, magazines), logic--economic or otherwise--simply does not apply. That means your typical consumer happily blows $5.50 per day for which he/she has absolutely nothing to show for at the end of the year, when they're only willing to part with $.30 per day for a sellable, tradeable, donateable or shareable physical book. At a certain price point, those consumers are no longer worth the trouble it takes to serve them. If the book buyer doesn't make it worthwhile to provide for himself, eventually he will no longer be provided for.


Like everything else, the supply/demand curve will strongly impact what people will pay for any item, books included. Certainly, as with all other consumables, quality suffers as the price point drops. Within the old paradigm, authors could not produce quality content and sell, even at bargain prices, enough copy to justify their time. However, when you factor instant access, and negligible production and delivery costs into the equation, volume can compensate for the drop in gross revenues. People purchase books to read, and if the cost is low enough, even to peruse making the low quality and high quality publications both competitive. In the end, quality should surpass the trash as the work's reputation keeps sales growing.

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