Newbie etiquette question

Matthew Buckingham mdbuckingham at
Mon Mar 31 21:41:43 EST 2003

All totally kosher, in my opinion. Are you performing industrial espionage
for a competitor? No, so don't worry about it. When scouting for books, I
will typically bring want lists, a pocket-sized notebook with pen and a
small cribsheet that I keep in my wallet listing all unstated ML firsts
(other than B&Ls) by author and title number. That way I can leave my bulky
Toledano guide in the car (but I have no compunction against taking it in
the store with me if I want to).

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Perrilleon" <rperrilleon at>
To: <modlib at>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 6:10 PM
Subject: Newbie etiquette question

> At the risk of showing just how green a collector I am, I'd like to ask
> some advice.
> Is it ok to bring a notepad into book shops to take some notes on what I
> see?  If I hit a few shops on a weekend afternoon, I'll see more ML's than
> I'll let myself buy.  Since my collection is so small, pretty much every
> title I see is a potential add to my collection. I'll choose based on my
> literary taste and condition, but I'd still like to note the titles I see,
> to start tracking what's common in my part of the country, and to make
> I don't pass up a find.
> Is this kosher?
> Thanks
> Rob Perrilleon
> Rochester, NY
> PS - Thanks to Scott and the modlib contributors for providing such great
> resources!
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