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Saturday, June 17, 2017

webstores: a bit ramble and a whole lot of rant

Once again I'm pondering whether I should have a stand alone website for my book inventory.  I've had a website in the past and found that the headache of maintaining it, especially in regards to PCI (credit card) security compliance, resulted in it not being cost or time effective to keep.

I sell my inventory of out of print and collectible children's books on ABEBOOKS, Amazon and Bibliofind and in the past there were more than enough sales on these sites to keep me busy. However, Amazon's book database is a hot mess, and since Amazon bought ABEBOOKS, my sales on that site have dropped significantly. Granted, economic reasons have something to do with drops in sales, but the fundamental problem with listing inventory only on the large database sites is not competition with dealers selling like inventory, it is having your listing noticed at all among the Print on Demand, the poorly or partially described listings and the scrapers who copy everyone else's listings and offer books for sale that they don't own and ridiculously marked up prices.

Eh, while I ponder whether I'm going to set up another website or just complain, please visit us at:



                                         Windy Hill Books & Ephemera
                                                   Out of Print and Collectible Children's Books                                 

                                          Bacova, Va
                                                    Hours by Appointment
                                                    dana@finebks.com


browse or search our inventory at:  





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

off topic

....for the friends who don't understand why we would move "way back and beyond" to Bath Co Virginia.








Photos taken by our daughter Milana on a hike along Back Creek in late April.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Benet/Duvoisin Mother Goose

I just had to post a picture of the 1938 Heritage Press Mother Goose that I got at auction.


(It's a little bit sad that I am excited because I have a 79 year old children's book that  has never been in the hands of a child.)

Heritage Press

I went to a country auction a couple weeks ago, hoping to be top bidder on some children's book classics published by the Heritage Press. And I was the winning bidder- on the complete lot of 214 titles.

So while I got books that I'm familiar with like; Grimm's Fairy Tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland AND Through the Looking Glass, Munro Leaf's Aesop's Fables and the 1938 Duvoisin illustrated Mother Goose, I also ending up with a whole bunch of titles and illustrators that are only vaguely familiar to me.

I have 6 more boxes to research and add online, my link for the Heritage Press books, that I have listed so far:





Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tah Dah!



All inventory is FINALLY shelved at our new location in beautiful Bacova Virginia.  Now all we have to do is organize the ephemera and the art work.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Good News/Bad News

The good news- is our 38 new bookcases were finally delivered...

The bad news- some assembly required....


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Closed!

We closed yesterday on the new location of Windy Hill Books.  The location is in beautiful Bath County, Virginia and was an historic chapel, then a senior center and most recently an upscale art gallery.




....now all that is left is the minor detail of moving EVERTHING 83 miles