Book Scans are Getting Expensive

readingstore at readingstore at
Tue Jul 26 14:12:58 EDT 2005

1. My books are warehoused. So Monday I get request for scan. If request
email shows it was mailed to 5 gazillion dealers, I will delete the
email. If not, I add it to books to be picked for shipping. If there is
no overriding necessity, Tuesday noonish I get books from warehouse. Big
rush to get books to Post Office by 5:00 pm. If workable I will send
scan that evening. If not, in early morning. If purchase seems likely,
I will keep it on a shelf, if not assign it to a box for warehouse.
Hopefully, when someone actually purchases the book 2 months later, it
is still on the shelf !

2. Shortsightedness is in the eye of the beholder ! Say it takes 4
minutes to scan a book and return it to inventory, 120 in 8 hours. So
reasonably, I could:

A. Put 120 books in front of me and scan them, increasing their sell
rate. Or:

B. In the same time period I could freshly catalog 240 ISBN books

I always choose option B, getting the inventory out for sale.

Thank You,
Customer Service Rep.
ReadingStore at

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Re: Book Scans are Getting Expensive
From: J B Krygier <jbkrygier at>
Date: Tue, July 26, 2005 12:24 pm
To: ModLib List <modlib at>

Begin forwarded message:

 From: Scot Kamins kamins at
 Subject: Re: Book Scans are Getting Expensive
 Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 17:42:44 -0700
 To: modlib at
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 On Jul 25, 2005, at 4:23 PM, Pecksgrove at wrote:
 Your kidding rite.  short sited should be spelled short sighted,
 don't you think.  Short sighted indicates one cannot see beyond
 their nose, which I would normally attribute to one who thinks they
 should do nothing for nothing.  Since the blessings of the Lord
 generally come to us from each other, wouldn't it be prudent to
 give each other a break.  I mean if you want to sell the book the
 scan is part of the advertising/marketing strategy.  Wait, let us
 stop buying books and collect scans only.
 The point, I think, is that it's poor marketing. Who will buy a pig
 in a poke if the one next door is transparent?

 OK, so I'm not great at metaphors. But given the offering of two
 pieces described the same but one having scans to back up the claims,
 I know the one that I'd buy.
 Scot Kamins

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