Why is ModernLib membership down?

JOSEPH HILL goodbooks at webtv.net
Wed Feb 7 22:11:17 EST 2007

Yes, in Burbank, CA in 1999?. It was put together by Sam, Gottlieb  who was doing a major book show in Burbank at that time.
I think we had about 30?  major Modern Library collectors in attendance; I think Scot has some photos of the event.. 
The two big deals at the meeting were the launch of th 2nd Ed. of the price Guide and the big do over the Illustrated Alice that had just been discovered.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Ireland
Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2007 5:12 PM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu, kamins at ModernLib.com
Subject: Re: Why is ModernLib membership down?


Have you ever had any kind of gathering for ML collectors?

John Ireland

>>> Larry Turner <jklturner at sbcglobal.net> 02/07/07 5:08 PM >>>
  I don't have a fully formed idea.  I am thinking about activities
might generate daily/weekly readership and involvement.  
  If I could go to one site -- this site -- everyday and learn what was
in the market this week for ML volumes of value, I would do that.  E-Bay
provides some information and ABE and Alibris are helpful and there are
volumes offered now on the ML site.  But they each direct searches in
different ways, and there is no comprehensive listing which can be
accessed -- whether a ML site subscriber or not.
  Such an organization of the market could be beneficial to collectors
and thus to the ML site. 
  I'm not trying to "sell" THIS idea as much as stimulate a discussion
that moves beyond personal experiences about why people do and do not
buy ML editions.
  Maybe a phone conversation could help.  If you like, send me a number
and I'll call, at your convenience.
  Thanks for your follow up question and your patience.  I'm really
excited about the site and my own ML gathering and am trying to
participate in making it better.

Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com> wrote:
On Feb 7, 2007, at 1:24 PM, Larry Turner wrote:

> "Perhaps a more activist role, if added to current contents, would 
> stimulate more interest; something like rationalizing the current 
> market to support prices for value yet take advantage of offerings 
> which are below "market" might be a stimulating exercise."


> S"o I suggest more current and active interactions around the 
> site. To be sure, it would require effort to attain such."


I don't think I follow what you're saying. Can you give an example of 
what you mean?


Scot Kamins
"Those who would sacrifice liberty for security are deserving of 
neither liberty nor security."
- after Benjamin Franklin

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