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On Selling Books

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Rippon, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member

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    Books are very important to me --not just any books. But,I made the decision to start selling some of them. It's kind of painful to part with old friends. But it has to be done at times. I still have a lot of books,especially in the States.
    I'm at a reformed Conference in South Korea. I'm the only megook (American,or even foreigner) here. I have four tables. My rival (with four helpers) has four too. It's my first time doing this --but it's turning out to be fun. Nobody has complained that my prices are too high. I have sold about 70 books so far (not counting scores of pamphlets). That's rather good for folks whose native language isn't English!

    More later --I have books to sell. "How much is this one on Calvin's letter?."
     
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    Me thinks me stand in line for free book

    You got free book to give away????

    Blackbird
     
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    Rippen, if you love books but just don't have room for them all, you might want to think about getting a Kindle.

    We have hundreds of books both at home and at my dh's office at the church. Getting the Kindle will give us more space for other things without the sacrifice of losing all the books.
     
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    I always seem to miss the book I just gave away the most!

    Donated many books to the National Native Bible College near me. Not sure I could sell any of them.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I love books but I want the books themselves not a kindle. (just me)
     
  6. Rippon

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    I did rather well for a newcomer on the bookselling scene.

    But I would not have fared so well with a crowd of IFB's! However,I kept an Arminian corner (5% of my books on sale.)

    The Korean Calvinistic crowd was so kind to me. It was quite a lift to me spiritually."When are you coming back to sell more books?"

    One young pastoral intern was on the phone with his pastor naming titles and the young man bought 9 volumes. He said his paster will put them in the church library and have some translated into Korean. However,the Banner of Truth in South Korea is doing pretty well in translating a lot of Reformed literature into Korean.
     
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    That's awesome! It kills me to sell books but sometimes you just have way too many! I know what that's like! I'm glad your selling not only was able to rehome some books but that it was a personal blessing as well!!
     
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    I never thought I'd ever sell any of my books. I thought when I got real old (I'm just old now,not real old) that I would end up giving them away to friends or needy pastors.

    It did kind of kill me to "let go" of em'. But the experince was a rewarding one.

    I liked your phrase :"rehome some books". That's exactly what I did. I hope the buyers appreciate them as much as I have. I can't be stingy about keeping them all to myself. And it was a real pleasure to explain the contents to some. But many of my books that did not sell were already translated into the Korean language by BoT.
     
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    I had a preacher buddy of mine who was retiring----he calls me on the phone and says "Come get the books you want!!"

    Well----long story short---I dilly dallied around and didn't get over to his house for a week ---- by the time I got there all that was left(after all his other preacher buddys passed his way) were basically "scraps"-----but like any hungry dog ----- I took what was left!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :thumbs:

    At my first church---there was another preacher who was retiring and he let me have a collection of some unheard of theologian named Arthur Pink-----it was like running my hands through what is available at Fort Knox!!!!!!!!!

    When I die---I told my wife that if my son isn't called to preach or if my future SIL isn't called to preach---for her to find some young preacher boy and let him come over and get my library!!!
     
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    Books new are outrageously expensive in New Zealand, so I don't buy any at all. Used books are cheap as dirt, rarely pay more than $2.00 for one.

    I love the idea of the e-book but buying any electronic device for an enormous amount of money then having to fill it up at my cost, never mind essential accessories such as a cover makes me laugh.....what a con it all is....
     
  11. Robert Snow

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    If you use Kindle on your PC or Smart Phone, the program is free. There are also thousands of free books along with ten's of thousands of books to be purchased, usually at very low prices.
     
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    I have loved books since i was quite young so I have boxes upon boxes of books.

    My parents have long ago stopped trying to give my old books back to me when I visit - now they give them to my kids.

    I've been attending my current church for about 6 years now.
    We thinned out the old church library and found books that they have had for more than 25 years - that have my name in them. (I can't guess how they got there - but I do lend as many as I keep).

    I'd rather give books away than sell them.

    Rob
     
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    I once had the privilege of meeting the late, great Dr. John Phillips---a theological "Einstein" and asked him

    Dr. Phillips!! Do you have any advice you could give to a preacher wanting to preach great expository sermons??

    Why, my boy!! Yes I do!!!!!--------he leans over toward me and says

    "Keep buying my books!!"

    :thumbs::thumbs:
     
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