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hutch0
Date: 2008-06-12 22:38
Subject: archaeology
Security: Public
Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:the enid
I was chatting with davidjwilliams and in passing he mentioned a site called BookFinder, which I'd never heard of before. It's a site which searches for new/used/rare/out-of-print books for sale. Because I have a colossal ego, I typed `Dave Hutchinson' in, and there are the usual suspects. As The Crow Flies, which eCampus.com is selling new for a frankly staggering £32.97 (although I guess you have to take the exchange rate into account) bol.com in the Netherlands is offering for £23.24, and some very optimistic people called Moremedia in the US are selling used for £76.17 (with the note: `satisfaction guaranteed'!) *cocky swagger*
Here's The Villages which is going on Alibris UK for £49.54!!!*£$&! Who are all these people? Have they lost their minds?
Here's SP2, which Alibris UK is offering for £52.23, and SP3, which those wacky folks at Moremedia will sell you for £75.18 - and guarantee satisfaction.

Faintly reeling at all this, I typed in `David Hutchinson,' which is how the old Abelard collections came out, and then I sat and made a dint in the floor with my jaw.
You can get a copy of Thumbprints, the first one, which came out in 1978, for £17.82. The most expensive copy of Fools Gold, which came out the following year, is going for £20.86. If you wanted to pay top whack for Torn Air (which is my favourite, incidentally) you'll have to shell out £17.82. While a copy of The Paradise Equation, which came out in 1981, could also cost you as much as £17.82. Although it is described as `Overall, tight and clean.' Best review I ever had. Although I'm not sure whether it's a review of the book or my overalls (which are always clean and often snug)
I'm not certain, to be honest, how to feel about this. The first of the Abelard books came out thirty years ago. I don't think much more than a thousand copies were ever printed, and we didn't sell all of them, so in one way it's surprising and kind of gratifying to discover the damn things are still washing back and forth - many of them in pretty good nick, too, if the descriptions can be trusted.
On the other hand, I don't think any of them sold for more than twelve quid when they first came out, and in any sane world you'd find them on a market stall these days for a quid at most, so I find the prices a bit alarming. How can you ask £17.82 for a thirty-year-old book that was written by a seventeen-year-old who didn't have a clue what he was doing? How does that work?

In other news, Bogna gets home from Greece on Sunday morning, so I only have three more evenings of wild unfettered debauchery to go. That I've spent one of them rambling about the second-hand sales of my old books probably tells you all you need to know about my life. Tomorrow night I'll be folding socks.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-06-12 22:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I too have a bit of trouble with second hand prices getting ridiculously above the original price.
But once you get into specialised markets the price is independent of the original cost.

Are you going to iron your socks before you fold them? I'm sure it would help them fold better.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-12 22:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It utterly bemuses me; I don't think any of those books has any intrinsic value. As fiction, the later ones are probably worth more, although how anyone hopes to get away with fifty quid for a copy of The Villages is beyond me.
We have a drier now and everything comes out without creases. Even the socks. It's like a magic box; I may throw our iron away.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-12 22:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Iron socks? Iron? Socks? The whole concept of ironing socks makes my brain hurt.

Off to nurse my cognitive dissonance now...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-12 23:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I should point out that I have never ironed socks. Except maybe one time, to see if it made any difference. And after that, I thought, `screw it.'

Edited at 2008-06-12 11:08 pm (UTC)
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-12 23:18 (UTC)
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I can't remember the last time I ironed anything, and that's a warm fuzzy feeling right there :-)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-12 23:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me neither, if I'm honest with you. I pioneered the crumpled (but faintly hunky) look at work. Actually, I'm the only person who essays the crumpled (but faintly hunky) look at work, but let's not go there...
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2008-06-12 23:57 (UTC)
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"Hunk": noun- a large piece of something without definite shape.

I so couldn't help trotting out that particular definition. Of course, my mental image of you is what you show in your avatar pic... glossy fur, bright orange eyes, et al.

I wish I had bright orange eyes. That would be awesome.
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-13 04:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I brot you a flower
ohhh I agree with you! I have the same mental image of Hutch0 -- glossy fur, bright orange eyes, honker of a nose, and a wry smile. that's our Hutch!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, the honker of a schnozz is right, at least.
For the curious among you, this is Bogna and me on Hugo Night at the WorldCon in Glasgow a couple of years ago. Furry, honker of a nose, bright orange eyes, wry smile. Guilty!


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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-15 04:28 (UTC)
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WHAT A NICe picture! Great looking couple, really! Thanks for sharing that.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-15 21:35 (UTC)
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And, because it was taken by Judith Clute, it officially qualifies as Art, too.
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-15 22:42 (UTC)
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Too cool!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oddly enough, `a large piece of something without definite shape' is how I feel most days before about three in the afternoon, so `hunk' turns out to be perfectly apposite. Just not in the way I wanted it to be, dammit...
Bright orange eyes are cool. Our cats all have orange eyes.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-06-12 23:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Those numbers are crazy talk. When I tracked down your early books a few years ago in my undying quest to be a devoted friend, I got them for £0.90, £2.80, £1.82, and £1.60 or there abouts. The postage was the expensive part.

Enjoy your remaining wild nights.

-the other jean-marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-15 00:06 (UTC)
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I know you can get them for pennies. Hell, if anyone was interested and I could find them I'd send people my copies, and I'd pay for the postage.
What bent my brain was the amounts people are asking for them.
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pds_lit: Red Cat Quilt
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-06-13 00:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Red Cat Quilt
I can remember Bookfinder when they did everything by snail mail. Been around a long time.

I will fold socks in sympathy with you tonight. I have a whole laundry basket full of them.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I never heard of them before, which just goes to show how little I know about the business. But now I have, I can envisage circumstances where they'll come in very handy.
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RealThog: real copies!
User: realthog
Date: 2008-06-13 02:37 (UTC)
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Keyword:real copies!

I've just had a little play on BookFinder too. The second highest price for The World is asked by a Netherlands bookseller with the excellent name of van Stockum!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd expected all my stuff to be in a bookseller called We Pulpem...
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Kat: I brot you a flower
User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-13 04:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I brot you a flower
In other news, Bogna gets home from Greece on Sunday morning, so I only have three more evenings of wild unfettered debauchery to go. That I've spent one of them rambling about the second-hand sales of my old books probably tells you all you need to know about my life.

This made me laugh really hard, and kept me smiling for quite a bit. I can SO relate! Too funny!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're a cruel woman, laughing at the empty life of an aged married man... ;-)
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Kat: Shock
User: artykat
Date: 2008-06-15 04:30 (UTC)
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Keyword:Shock
MWAAAAA-haaaaa-haaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 22:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nah, it's okay.
By the way, how do you do that thing where you shift down a font size within a comment?
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ta. I used to use Rich Text, back in my baby LJ days, because it was like using Word, but eventually I found it was easier to use HTML. I only know a few of the tags, though. Do you know how to do subscript and superscript?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ta once more. Ooh, that is so the page I've been looking for...
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-14 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you're there to ask.
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