Thursday, June 01, 2006

Biblio- again?

book contest logoFine Book and Collections Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship - Co-Sponsored By

"During the 2005–2006 academic year, three dozen colleges and universities will host book-collecting contests for their students. Since Swarthmore College held the first competition in the 1920s, these contests have encouraged generations of young collectors to become booksellers, librarians, and accomplished bibliophiles. Here are the current 2006 contestants. The prizes are pretty nice, too. Hmmmm... I see UCSD is included... Hey, if I go back to school, can I can enter the next contest?

If you are not familiar with
Fine Book and Collections and you love all things about books- check it out! The magazine is beautifully produced and the articles are very informative. "Fine Books and Collections is the only full-color magazine for book collectors and booksellers published in the United States. We tell the stories behind great and collectible books and cover news and events of interest to book lovers."

Another news item for Biblio booksellers (besides Biblio having become choosey when admitting new sellers and using a review board) is the Cashback = BiblioBucks program which began today. All Biblio Bookseller Members currently receive 4% of each purchase and referral in CashBack, credited to the booksellers' accounts. This is a reward for keeping the money "in house" as it were. Now, booksellers will have the option to choose to receive 6% of all purchases in the form of BiblioBucks, which are the handy dandy equivalent of a gift certificate.

Now, here is the not so "fine print:"
Note: 6% BiblioBucks credit will be applied to your account in the same schedule as our monthly payments on the 1st and 15th. All purchases you make from the 1st through the 15th of each month will be applied as a BiblioBucks credit on the 1st of the following month. Any purchases or referrals made between the 15th, and the last day of the month will be credited on the 15th of the following month.

The BiblioBucks are pretty nifty and very easy to use. I had occasion to use BiblioBucks with a problematic order rather than sending a discount by check. The customer was very understanding and extremely nice. Knowing my customer was an inveterate book junkie, I sent him a BiblioBucks gift certificate via email as a "thank you." The biggest advantage was that whether the certificate was used on my books or not, the money stayed within Biblio! Try them you'll like them! Oh, what's that you ask? What about my customer? Well, he loved the BiblioBucks, too!

Biblio gives mad props to being indie at the bottom of the Seller Newsletter:
“It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.” - William Somerset Maugham

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