AE Monthly Articles - February - 2006 Issue

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Auction Prices Inch Forward in 2005

By Michael Stillman

The prices for rare and antiquarian books and manuscripts inched up a bit higher in 2005, statistics from the Americana Exchange Database of auction records indicated. The year 2005 was an active year, with over 160,000 lots having been offered at book and book-related auctions. The median price for 2005 was $420, an increase of 1.7% from $413 in 2004. See the last paragraph of this article for links to access the complete set of charts of 2005 auction results.

While results over the past century have shown the auction price index to increase at a much more rapid r...

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Web Catalogue: Premium Subscription Pt. II

By Bruce McKinney

The printed paper catalogue is perhaps, next to book dealers themselves, the most resilient element in book selling. Of course it's true today that perhaps 1,000 times as man...

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Adding Value to Books by Creating a Collection

By Renée Magriel Roberts

In today's super-competitive, Internet-dominated marketplace, we have seen the value of good, used books, and even some more common rare books decline, as customer...

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Swann Americana Sale February 2nd

By Bruce McKinney

On February 2nd Swann Galleries conducts what is essentially a semi-annual auction of Americana. As was the case last year, the material is an

interesting assortment of ob...

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Biblio Announces New Pricing Schedule

By Michael Stillman

The third largest old book site on the internet recently announced a new pricing schedule for its dealers. No, it is not a simple price increase. It is an option. Biblio now...

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"A" is for Amazon!

By Michael Stillman

Have you ever known someone who knew what you were thinking so well that they could finish your sentences? That can be annoying, but it can also be very helpful, particularl...

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Clearing Up One Issue

By Bruce McKinney

Internet book listing sites have emerged over the past decade as enormous bazaars where trinkets and gems sit side-by-side and buyers and sellers bid and haggle around the clo...

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Triple Play in LA

By Bruce McKinneyYou can buy books, manuscripts and ephemera every day in LA but one week every two years the ABAA's west coast book fair comes to town and with it some of the most sophisticated an...

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