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Subject: Used bookstore- who to look for? What do people want?
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Hey, I am going  to the used bookstore   tomorrow. They are having a  sale. I want to know who are the  timeless authors that people are always looking for or want a deal on (and that you can find at a used bookstore). There seems to be  a lot of romance authors there--though its not always just romance.

Are the Johanna Lindsey's, Jude Deveroux's, Catherine Coulter's, Daniel Steel's books popular any more?

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 5:07 PM ET
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Max Brook's book The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z have waiting lists, so if you see those, grab them.  Stephenie Meyer and David Sedaris usually have waiting lists as well.  Robert Rankin, Michael Ende, Scott Westerfeld, Darren Shan are good bets.  There are some Shan books in the system, but the ones not in the system way outnumber the ones in.

Not sure who is "in" in the romance category.  There do seem to be several Danielle Steele books with WL.  Catherine Coulter seems to have a lot of people waiting for the audio cds of many of her books. 

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 7:23 PM ET
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I think Jodi Picoult is usually WL, not sure if she's a romance writer, though.  I don't know squat about romance, but Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter S. Thompson, David McCullough and Christopher Moore books are almost always on the WL.  Have you checked the Top 50 WL books under the community tab?

 

 

 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 7:46 PM ET
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It seems like some of Dean Koontz's older books are in high demand.  I can't remember all his pseudonyms, but if you find anything by 'Aaron Wolfe' you'll be popular.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I don't want wishlist books. I kinda wanna know what authors do people want deals on.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:34 PM ET
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Well, they aren't exactly timeless authors, but if you look at science fiction, I will take any and all DAW books, even unpostable ones.  They all have the logo from my signature in the upper righthand corner and on the spine.  

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:19 PM ET
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Should I stick  to finding fantasy/sci-fi cause not many people do  deals  on them? Right now I have a lot of romance and even with deals nothing is flying off the shelf. Even mysteries are staying untouched. I guess paranormals are ultra popular as well. Hmmm ponder ponder.



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Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:27 PM ET
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Most of the major books flying off my shelf are the cozy mysteries, paranormal, esp. paranormal romance, some sci fi., up-to-date travel books, science books, not textbooks but Oliver Sachs type of books.  Non-fiction, too, like history.  Self-help just sits and twiddles its thumbs!  :)  Oh and diet type books, esp. low G.I., sugar solution types, not Atkins.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:53 PM ET
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It seems that in the book bazaar every other day or so someone is looking for a deal on Janet Evanovich's Stephaine Plum series...One For the Money, Two For the Dough, Hot Six, Seven Up, etc.   If you could get your hands on these & then offer up a 3 for 1 (possibly a 2 for 1) I'd bet you'd get taken up on the offer in no time.

 

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 10:07 PM ET
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Oh, sorry, I misunderstood your original post.  I ran deals on J.D. Robb, Patrick O'Brian and Lemony Snicket with success.  C.S. Lewis might work, too.  And yep, Shayla's right, Evanovich seems to be in demand now! 

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Sue Barton books would be good:)

Subject: in my experience
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 10:19 PM ET
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paranormal romance, erotic romance, some teen/children series books, cozy mysteries

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 10:24 PM ET
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what are cozy mysteries?

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 12:38 AM ET
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I always look for the books that are in good shape, "like new," first. Than I pick out the ones that interest me, just in case I end up stuck with them, at least I can enjoy reading them!

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 12:59 AM ET
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Agatha Christie was the "queen" of cozy mysteries.  Other popular authors --Jill Churchill, Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, Ann Purser, Cleo Coyle, Michele Scott, Laura Durham, India Ink.

The cozy mystery usually focuses on a small group of people who become suspects in a generally "bloodless and neat murder."  The stories almost always involve solving some form of puzzle.

Good luck in your book hunting!



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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I, and a few others I talk to, am always looking for deals on chick lit, keeping in mind that there is a difference between Harlequin-romance types and chick lit.