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Started by HerrWalrus on Oct 12, 2017 5:58:09 PM
Diary of a Bookseller

I thought this entry may be of interest - in particular the comments btl

BuddhaPest - 13 Oct 2017 18:00:46 (#1 of 99)

What subject is your biggest seller, HerrW?

HerrWalrus - 13 Oct 2017 18:05:31 (#2 of 99)


Not so many books unfortunately. Probably sell more childrens' book by number. By value history. Worst sellers are sport and computing.

thisonehasalittlehat - 13 Oct 2017 18:06:03 (#3 of 99)

People who like sport don't read innit

BuddhaPest - 13 Oct 2017 18:07:12 (#4 of 99)

Do you get many remaindered books?

TommyDGNR8 - 13 Oct 2017 18:12:09 (#5 of 99)

My (now retired) bookseller friend reckoned true crime outsold everything else put together.

HerrWalrus - 13 Oct 2017 18:16:07 (#6 of 99)

We get the odd proof copy in amongst donations. Normally try and discourage dumping of dross, although at least we now sell on a few boxes (for pennies) to an internet operator. We are trying to move onto selective buying from other friendly booksellers, and collections from people moving/downsizing. Far better to buy a good book or two to display in the window, than 200 action thrillers or chick lits that no longer sell at all.

No point at all taking on remaindered copies for a shop our size.

HerrWalrus - 13 Oct 2017 18:20:26 (#7 of 99)

Every bookshop has a different market makeup. We find true crime or sas-type stuff poor sellers, although their shelf position isn't great. Otoh we sell religious titles on a regular basis, and it's often a poor seller in other shops, or so we're told. Mind, body, spirit are big sellers too.

RosyLovelady - 13 Oct 2017 19:06:47 (#8 of 99)

A local second hand seller (those were the days) once told me that he really preferred to get poetry and philosophy books to sell because they were always in demand at a nice price for him.

uranrising - 13 Oct 2017 19:37:32 (#9 of 99)

Our best local bookshop has said the worst-selling subject is books on music.

I don't know if sports-lovers read but cricket-lovers do.

I used to sell books to university students. The students who bought least in their field were the student teachers. Know-alls, if you ask me.

HerrWalrus - 13 Oct 2017 22:31:17 (#10 of 99)

The sports books we do sell every so often tend to be either football or, surprisingly, boxing. Small numbers in either case. Cricket books, whether biographies or tour histories, never sell. But as I stated, different shops will have a different clientele with different desires. Music - not the best seller, but not the worst either.

thismorning - 14 Oct 2017 17:34:17 (#11 of 99)

Do we know who opened the first used book store, where and why. The most recent used book store in my town of Forest Grove, Oregon lasted about two years. Owner very intelligent, Ph.d in literature, now lives in North Carolina with a man who hunts turtles for a living.

solomongursky - 14 Oct 2017 17:40:29 (#12 of 99)

now lives in North Carolina with a man who hunts turtles for a living.


HerrWalrus - 14 Oct 2017 17:41:28 (#13 of 99)

We had a customer in today looking for penguins..

browserbutton - 14 Oct 2017 17:50:49 (#14 of 99)

The china shop next door had an unwelcome bovine visitor and came round asking if we had a picador.

RosyLovelady - 14 Oct 2017 17:52:07 (#15 of 99)

How did that pan out?

uranrising - 14 Oct 2017 20:17:08 (#16 of 99)

Do we know who opened the first used book store, where and why.(?)

I think it's very likely that we'll never know, especially as they come and go with tremendous frequency.

thismorning - 15 Oct 2017 02:32:36 (#17 of 99)

Kinda precursors of the cupcake store-bubble..btw in local newspaper I saw this morning two more life long friends are opening a "light little cake" shop in our area...they are "very excited".

browserbutton - 15 Oct 2017 05:22:51 (#18 of 99)

As well as being an architectural gem in its own right, the Livraria Lello in Porto attracts visitors from all over the world because there is story that JK Rowling was inspired by the interior of the bookstore for her description of Hogwarts library. Whether or not that's true, it is the only bookshop I've visited where I had to queue for half an hour to get in.

RosyLovelady - 15 Oct 2017 09:33:46 (#19 of 99)

Wow, an even longer wait than the one for the Birkenstock shop in Covent Garden in the mid-1990s.

dreams99 - 16 Oct 2017 13:27:52 (#20 of 99)

HW - I have tons of duplicates to bring up to you some time. Probably too many for one trip.

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