I'm a professional, freelance bookseller, based in the New Forest in Hampshire, England. I ship internationally, and believe in friendly and efficient service. And I love books.
21 Apr, 2001
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Book buying and selling jargon
When you're buying books on ebay, you might find some of the following
terms appearing in the description. These are all standard "jargon"
used in the book trade, and it's helpful to know what they really mean.
A term used to describe normal defects related to ex library books, i.e., end papers removed, pockets & library stamps.
The method of holding pages together, maybe stapled, sewn, glued etc.
Also refers to the type of binding, see Paperback and Hardback.
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Learn about First Editions
What is a First Edition?
The very first time a book is published, anywhere, by anybody, the
volume produced is a First Edition. It's never been seen in print
before. First editions are highly prized by collectors, and if you
think the book you're selling is a first, it's always worth mentioning.
But how can you be sure, and what are the variations? To take the
second question first...
There is a little wrinkle to confuse matters, and this is what's known
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Using simple html to enhance your listings
A quick friendly guide to the basics of htmlEbay allows you to use simple html to "dress up" your listings. It is possible to use these commands to add simple tables, pictures, format your text etc. html is simple enough to do, once you're introduced to the basics, but most courses will assume that you're going to be building whole web sites, or at least whole pages. Within ebay listings you may only make minor changes to the layout, so if that's all you want to achieve, there's n...