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Books For Sale

Here are a few books I have for sale. They are unique items that are worth a look. Bibliofuture Books

Science Friction

A friend suggested this book to me. Science Friction : Where the Known Meets the Unknown
The note my friend sent:
I think that I sent you a note from Amazon about a book “Science Friction� by Michael Shermer. I am reading it in preparation for my second Choice Reviews book review. The author covers many aspects of science and there is a particularly interesting chapter about Star Trek entitled “The Hero on the Edge of Forever�. It is about Gene Roddenberry and Harlan Ellison and there is also a letter from Roddenberry to Isaac Asimov (I think it may be in “I, Asimov�). Some chapters of the book are more interesting than others but I think that you would like it. I haven’t checked to see if there are excerpts on Amazon, but if there is a copy at one of your local libraries, check it out.

Joe's Books

Joe's Books is a hypothetical bookstore that shows the books I would stock if I had my own bookstore. Also included in the collection are books that other people have suggested that they would have in a bookstore if they had one.

Joe's Bookstore

In a previous post I asked people to contemplate what they considered to be a perfect bookstore. I called this perfect bookstore "Joe's Books" and asked what things the perfect bookstore would have. One person responded with the following I would also like for a place for people in the community to be able to post their suggestions of what is a good 'read'. The sales staff at the local big box book retailer has their employees do that and I would prefer to have just the regular folks opinions, not just what the clerks think they should push at the moment.
I think this is an excellent suggestion. If you were able to suggest books to your local bookstore what would they be and why?

Book Lover's / Librarian's Watch

I found this watch on Amazon while searching for books related to librarianship. Librarian / Book Lover Watch with Handcrafted Miniature

Rule of Four

I was out book shopping and I found a solid copy of "The Rule of Four" for $2. It is a hardcover with no dustjacket. If your goal is to have a very solid reading copy this is a good book. I remember someone commenting on LISNEWS that they were looking for this book. If anyone would like it I will sell it for the $2 I bought it for plus $2 for shipping via media mail. Shipping for a hardback book should be $1.86. Just drop me an email if you are interested in purchasing this book.

Hard Case Crime

There is a new series of books out called "The Hard Case Crime Series". The series is republishing some classic pulp fiction and getting current writers to write some books for the series. Stephen King is writing a book for the series called The Colorado Kid. (Book due out in October) The website for the series is
USA Today ran a story on the series.
Hard Case Crime Series (links to the books)


The book Nightwork is about the history of hacking at MIT. Before the term hacking became associated with computers, MIT undergraduates used it to describe any activity that took their minds off studying, suggested an unusual solution to a technical problem, or generally fostered nondestructive mischief.
I have been thinking up an idea for a little nondestructive mischief. Amazon has a ranking for all their books. The first bestselling book, second bestselling book, etc... For example, the Nightwork book mentioned above is ranked 16,879. (At least is was when I wrote this) Books in the top 100,000 Amazon must sell a few copies everyday because a friend of mine that sells books through Amazon has noticed that books with a ranking of 100,000 or less sell relatively quickly. What I thought would be an interesting bit of hacking would be to select some book on Amazon that has a ranking of more than 100,000 and by sheer word of mouth, blogs, and email move the book down to the top 100 on Amazon. One thing that would make this more interesting is to select an interesting book to try this on. Anybody have any suggestions of a book that is ranked higher than 100,000 that has some unique qualities that would make it appropriate for an experiment like this?


I was browsing for books at the thrift store and came across a work of historical fiction called A Cold Day in Hell. I was thumbing through the book and I noticed where something was scratched out. Someone had marked out a word with a blue pen. Looking close you could see that the word was goddamn. Flipping through the rest of the book it looked like the reader had marked through every other use of this word. I find this interesting on a few levels. First that someone would take the time to mark out the words. Second that the person would then donate the book to a thrift store. I also think it is interesting that someone feels like they have to protect other readers so they remove all the mentions of that word. I do not think this is a case of censorship. The person marked in their own book and I actually think this is a case of free speech because this was their way of saying that they did not agree with the use of that word. In a bad way it also draws attention to the word because you can make out the word under the blue ink and you notice the word more because of the cross-outs. The only other downside is that I will have a hard time reselling the book because of the mark outs. I think I will raise the price and sell it as a book made family friendly.

Pacific Clipper

Author: Albert S. J. Tucker Jr., et al
ISBN: 0970965818

This is the story of the Pacific Clipper, a Pan American Airways Boeing 314 flying boat, which was the first commercial airliner to fly around the world. In 1941-42, it was stranded in New Zealand after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and made it back to New York, flying west, through Australia, the Dutch East Indies, India, Africa, the South Atlantic, and Caribbean. Captain Bob Ford and the crew overcame lack of support facilities, inferior fuel, engine failure and enemy intrigue to complete their mission.--

Find out more at:
Pacific Clipper

Book club edition???

I hoping someon know the answer to this. I have two copies of the same book. One is a book club edition and one is the original printing from Dutton. Both books are 304 pages. If you set the books on top of each other they are the same dimensions. The wording on each page is identical. If you flip to page 99 it is the exact same wording in each book.
Here is the catch. The original book is twice as thick as the book club edition. If the books are the same dimensions and the same info is one sach page how is one book able to be twice as thick as the other. Can paper thickness have that much effect? Any other explanations about the difference?

Independent Bookstores

Robert Reich in an article in the New York Times called "Don't Blame Wal-Mart" made this comment, "The problem is, the choices we make in the market don't fully reflect our values as workers or as citizens. I didn't want our community bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., to close (as it did last fall) yet I still bought lots of books from"

This got me to thinking about the whole discussion about the need for independent bookstores. Here in flyover country the death of bookstores to Barnes and Nobles and Borders is not seen as much. In many areas of flyover country when a Border's or Barnes and Nobles opened it was the first good bookstore to be available to people. The bookstores that did tend to get shut down by the bigger stores coming in was the Walden Books at the mall. Walden Books is not exactly "The Strand" or "Powells" so when they folded there was not a huge sense of loss. In my area most of the independent booksellers are used book dealers and those shops still exist so the incoming Borders just added to the diversity but did not subtract from it.
Here is a hypothetical. There is a bookstore called Joe's Books that is independent. Joe's Books is your favorite bookstore and it has everything you look for in a bookstore. What does Joe's have? Tell me what items you would look for in a bookstore. If I could just wave a magic wand and drop a bookstore into your town that meets all your needs and expectations what would it contain? What services would it offer? What books would it carry? How big would it be?

Copyright and Ward Churchill

Interesting story on Ward Churchill and violation of copyright. I knew Ward was a cheesball when I first saw his faculty photo.

Selling Books

I signed up for a pro-merchant account at Amazon and started selling books on line in mid-February. Now it is nearing the end of February and my sales have been pretty good. These are the books I have sold so far. It is fun to be a bookseller and connecting people with the books they want to read.
The Secret Garden...
Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking [Hardcover] by Gladwell, Malcolm
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Heechee Saga, Book 2) [Paperback] by Frederik...
The Caverns of Kalte (Lone Wolf, Book 3) [Paperback] by Dever, Joe; Chalk, Gary
Prey [Mass Market Paperback] by Crichton, Michael
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things [Paperback] by McDonough...
Blue Highways : A Journey into America [Paperback] by Heat-Moon, William Least
Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin American Library) [Paperback] by...
End of the Matter (End of the Matter) [Paperback] by FOSTER, ALAN DEAN
The Difference Engine [Paperback] by GIBSON, WILLIAM; STERLING, BRUCE
The Silmarillion [Paperback] by J.R.R. Tolkien
Those Who Trespass : A Novel of Television and Murder [Paperback] by O'REILLY
The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) [Paperback] by Pearl S. Buck
Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives [Paperback] by Schlessinger
Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, Book 2) [Mass Market...
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values [Paperback...
Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, Book 1) [Mass Market Paperback] by Weis...
Castle Roogna (Xanth Novels (Paperback)) [Paperback] by ANTHONY, PIERS
Flowers for Algernon : Student Edition [Paperback] by Keyes, Daniel
Constitutional Law (University Casebook Series) [Hardcover] by Sullivan...
1984 [Mass Market Paperback] by Orwell, George
The Indian in the Cupboard [Paperback] by Banks, Lynne Reid; Cole, Brock
Foucault's Pendulum [Paperback] by ECO, UMBERTO
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback] by Herbert...
Sons of Fortune [Mass Market Paperback] by Archer, Jeffrey
Walden Two (Trade Book) [Mass Market Paperback] by Skinner, B. F.
Win at Checkers (Dover Books on Chess) [Paperback] by Hopper, M.
Mansfield Park (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback] by Austen, Jane; Stabler
Castle Death (Lone Wolf, No 7) [Paperback] by Dever, Joe; Chalk, Gary
The Jungle of Horrors (Lone Wolf, No 8) [Paperback] by Dever, Joe; Chalk, Gary
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess [Paperback] by FISCHER, BOBBY; MARGULIES, STUART...
Gideon's Trumpet [Paperback] by LEWIS, ANTHONY
The Age of Innocence (The Modern Library Classics) [Paperback] by WHARTON...
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man [Paperback] by Marshall McLuhan...
Crisis on the Korean Peninsula : How to Deal With a Nuclear North Korea...
August 1914 [Paperback] by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Immense Journey : An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man...
Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster [Paperback] by
Where the Red Fern Grows [Mass Market Paperback] by RAWLS, WILSON
Retreat, Hell! [Paperback] by Griffin, W. E. B.
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 3) [Mass Market Paperback] by Herbert
God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4) by Herbert, Frank
Whale Done! : The Power of Positive Relationships [Hardcover] by Kenneth...
Classics of International Relations (3rd Edition) [Paperback] by Vasquez, John
Return of Nathan Brazil (Book 4 of the Well of Souls) [Paperback] by CHALKER...
The Christ Commission [Mass Market Paperback] by MANDINO, OG
PALADIN OF THE NIGHT, THE (Rose of Prophet No. 2) [Paperback] by WEIS...
Rose of the Prophet, Volume III: The Prophet of Akhran [Paperback] by WEIS...
Soul Catcher [Mass Market Paperback] by Herbert, Frank
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal [Paperback] by Rand, Ayn ; Branden, Nathaniel...
The Cat in the Hat [Hardcover] by Dr. Seuss
Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) [Paperback] by...
Number of the Beast [Paperback] by HEINLEIN, ROBERT A.
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Novels) [Mass Market Paperback] by Clancy
The Story of My Life (Bantam Classic) [Paperback] by KELLER, HELEN
The Glorious Cause [Paperback] by SHAARA, JEFFREY
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Bantam Spectra Book) [Paperback] by Miller Jr...
Bridge over the River Kwai [Hardcover] by Boulle, Pierre
Nights in Rodanthe [Paperback] by Sparks, Nicholas
The Integral Trees [Paperback] by NIVEN, LARRY
Blade Runner [Paperback] by DICK, PHILIP K.
Autobiography of Malcolm X [Mass Market Paperback] by MALCOLM X
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish [Paperback] by ADAMS, DOUGLAS
Contemporary British Politics : Fourth Edition [Paperback] by Coxall, Bill...
Great Plains [Paperback] by Frazier, Ian
Centaur Aisle (Xanth Novels (Paperback)) [Paperback] by ANTHONY, PIERS
Vale of the Vole (Xanth) [Mass Market Paperback] by Anthony, Piers
The Darkest Road (The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3) [Paperback] by Kay, Guy...
Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 2) [Paperback] by CLAREMONT...
Being There [Paperback] by Kosinski, Jerzy
The Ghatti's Tale (Finder-Seekers, Book One) [Mass Market Paperback] by Greeno
The World According to Garp [Mass Market Paperback] by IRVING, JOHN
The Captives of Kaag (Lone Wolf, No 14) by Dever, Joe; Williams, Brian
How To Win Friends And Influence People [Mass Market Paperback] by Carnegie...
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah [Paperback] by BACH, RICHARD
The Social Life of Information [Paperback] by John Seely Brown; Paul Duguid
Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) [Paperback] by...
Frankenstein (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by Coghill, Jeff
Amazing Grace...
The Fountainhead [Mass Market Paperback] by Rand, Ayn
When Bad Things Happen to Good People [Paperback] by KUSHNER, HAROLD S.
All the President's Men [Paperback] by Bernstein, Carl; Woodward, Bob
Different Seasons (Signet) [Mass Market Paperback] by King, Stephen
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference [Paperback] by
Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by Vlcek, Kelly...
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Paperback...
Speaker for the Dead (Ender Wiggin Saga) [Paperback] by Card, Orson Scott
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) [Hardcover] by Goodkind, Terry
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) [Hardcover] by Goodkind, Terry
Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3) [Hardcover] by Goodkind, Terry
Voodoo River [Mass Market Paperback] by Crais, Robert
Twilight at the Well of Souls (Saga of the Well World, Vol 5) by CHALKER, JACK
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business...
Skeleton Crew [Mass Market Paperback] by King, Stephen
Summer of the Monkeys [Paperback] by RAWLS, WILSON
Huxley's Brave New World (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by
Ragtime [Paperback] by Doctorow, E. L.
Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives [Paperback] by Schlessinger
Odds Against [Paperback] by Francis, Dick
Solitude: A Return to the Self [Paperback] by STORR, ANTHONY
What She Doesn't Know [Mass Market Paperback] by Wainscott, Tina
Gate of Ivory by Egan, Doris
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) [Paperback] by Rowling, J. K...
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Del Rey Impact) [Paperback] by TEVIS, WALTER
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
And the Devil Will Drag You Under by CHALKER, JACK L.
The Red Badge of Courage (Tor Classics) [Paperback] by Crane, Stephen
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress [Paperback] by Robert A. Heinlein
Bombardiers [Paperback] by Bronson, Po
The Edge [Mass Market Paperback] by Francis, Dick
With a Tangled Skein (Book Three of Incarnations of Immortality) [Paperback...
The Legend of Bagger Vance [Mass Market Paperback] by Pressfield, Steven
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz...
Flight from the Dark (Lone Wolf, Book 1) by Dever, Joe; Chalk, Gary
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah [Paperback] by BACH, RICHARD
On the Far Side of the Mountain [Paperback] by George, Jean Craighead
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Kushner, Harold S.
Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) [Paperback] by...
Blade Runner [Paperback] by DICK, PHILIP K.
The Green Mile: The Complete Six Part Novel [Paperback] by King, Stephen
Foucault's Pendulum [Paperback] by ECO, UMBERTO
Hiroshima [Paperback] by HERSEY, JOHN
The Book of Ruth : A Novel (Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)) [Paperback] by...
The Andromeda Strain [Mass Market Paperback] by Crichton, Michael
Ogre, Ogre (Xanth Novels (Paperback)) [Paperback] by ANTHONY, PIERS
Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror [Paperback] by Morley, Patrick
All Quiet on the Western Front [Paperback] by Erich Maria Remarque
All the President's Men [Paperback] by Bernstein, Carl; Woodward, Bob
Sailing Bright Eternity [Paperback] by BENFORD, GREGORY
Space Cadet [Paperback] by HEINLEIN, ROBERT A.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by Cliffs; Tamara Castleman
Children of Flux & Anchor (Soul Rider, Book 5) by Chalker, Jack L.
Troubling a Star [Mass Market Paperback] by L'ENGLE, MADELEINE
A Wrinkle in Time [Paperback] by Madeleine L'Engle
Rand McNally Philadelphia Popout Map [Map] by Not Applicable (Na )
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo [Paperback] by Filipovic, Zlata...
Fire on the Water (Lone Wolf) by Dever, Joe; Chalk, Gary
International Relations and World Politics: Security, Economy, Identity (2nd...
On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors: John Z. De Lorean's Look Inside the
A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought) [Paperback] by Vinge, Vernor
Letters from Rifka [Paperback] by Hesse, Karen
Valley of the Dolls: A Novel [Paperback] by Susann, Jacqueline
Ramona the Pest (rpkg) (Ramona Quimby (Paperback)) [Paperback] by Cleary...
Amsterdam : A Novel [Paperback] by MCEWAN, IAN
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World [Paperback] by POLLAN...
Winesburg, Ohio (Bantam Classic) [Paperback] by ANDERSON, SHERWOOD
Hamlet (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by Stockton, Carla Lynn
Reliquary (Relic) [Paperback] by Preston, Douglas J.; Child, Lincoln
The Power of a Praying Husband [Paperback] by Omartian, Stormie
Trump: The Art of the Deal [Mass Market Paperback] by Donald J. Trump; Tony...
Blowback : The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (Second Edition...
The Jerusalem Scrolls (The Zion Legacy, Book 4) [Paperback] by Thoene, Bodie...
Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables Novels (Paperback)) [Mass Market...
The Fight [Paperback] by MAILER, NORMAN
The Very Large Church [Paperback] by Schaller, Lyle E.
Xenocide (Ender Wiggin Saga) [Paperback] by Card, Orson Scott
Darwin on Trial [Paperback] by Johnson, Phillip E.
Space Cadet [Paperback] by HEINLEIN, ROBERT A.
The Big U...
The Elements of Grammar [Paperback] by Shertzer, Margaret
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum...
Forbidden Magic [Mass Market Paperback] by Beverley, Jo
Law School Confidential : A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience...
Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross Novels) [Mass Market Paperback] by Patterson...
The Will of the Wanderer: Rose of the Prophet, Vol. 1 by WEIS, MARGARET...
The Sharp End [Paperback] by Drake
The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women [Paperback] by...
Fear of Flying [Mass Market Paperback] by Jong, Erica
All Tomorrow's Parties [Paperback] by Gibson, William
To Kill a Mockingbird (Cliffs Notes) [Paperback] by Cliffs; Tamara Castleman
Don't You Know There's a War On...
The Notebook [Paperback] by Sparks, Nicholas
Time of the Transference (Spellsinger, No 6) [Paperback] by Foster, Alan Dean

Naomi Wolf Bookmark

I was in the thrift store the other day shopping for books and I came across, "The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women" by Naomi Wolf. I found a piece of paper that was stuck in the book that I think was ironic considering the title of the book. Scan of piece of paper can be found here. I purchased the book just for the humor value of the book with the ironic bookmark.


I found a website that is a NetFlix for books. The site is According to the FAQ they have 40,000 books to choose from and their cheapest subscription rate is $7.99 for 2 books a month. Any lisnews people subscribe to this service? What do you think about it?


I just read an article about a game called Booktastic that sounds interesting. I did some searching on the web and I found pictures of the playing pieces. The story in USA Today, linked above, is well worth a read.

Book Quiz Winner

Kctipton got the correct answer on the book quiz I posted last week. Blake also answered the question correctly. KC won the coin toss that was the tie breaker to see who gets the free book. The answer to the question of what all the books in the list had in common was that they are all favorable recommended by Stephen King. In his book "About Writing" there is a suggested reading lists at the end of the book. The list is not of books that King thought would make you a better writer but ones that he enjoyed reading.

The books are:
A Perfect Crime



Death in the Family

of the Monster Dogs

Eye in the Door

Ghost Road

the Night Season


Sheltering Sky

Tortilla Curtain

Walk in the Woods

You for Smoking

I'm Calling From



of Darkness


Gold Coast



Church of Dead Girls

Woman Who Walked into Doors

Dick Gibson Show

I Lay Dying


on his Mind

of the Flies

Gun for Sale

Man in Havana


Sinatra Matters

Sense of Snow

White Boys

Firing Offense

Widow for One Year

Tooth Fairy : A Novel

Own Work

Enough to Dream

Liar's Club: A Memoir

to Life: And 2 Stories


Poisonwood Bible

Thin Air

Kill a Mockingbird



River Runs through It

and Sixpence

of the Plain






Cement Garden

Man's Walk

and Ned

Canticle for Leibowitz


the Lake of the Woods


English Patient

Safe Place

Range : Wyoming Stories

Shipping News

True Thing

Sight for Sore Eyes


Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



Suitable Boy

Young Lions



in Black

Hill: A Biographical Novel


Patchwork Planet




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