Why is ModernLib membership down?

20 Ants archetype at 20ants.com
Mon Jan 29 16:02:55 EST 2007

Hmmm... it doesn't seem that way to me. Sure, it's a lot harder to  
find F/F or NF/NF examples at low prices like in days of yore, but I  
see no general shortage of MLs (jacketed or not) today compared to a  
few years ago.

Methinks it's just the passing of a trend. Collecting interests wax  
and wane, and this one is waning. Good for the collectors who stick  
with it, though.

As a seller I find less than stellar examples nearly impossible to  
sell. The 'Net databases are glutted with dozens if not hundreds of  
copies per title, per database. The casual reader has plenty to choose  
from and the true collector still generally won't pay anywhere near  
value for a VG/VT. I've got 20-30 MLs piled up and ready to catalog,  
but I'm ignoring them in favor of other books that I can sell far mor  

I don't like the situation, but that's the way I see it.

I still think the most cost-effective library of literature is  
accumulating reading copies of MLs. I also think that a lifetime of  
fascination and pursuit is contained in the collecting of nice copies,  
varients, and ephemera of ML. Such a pursuit could take you from  
cradle to grave and not be complete.

-Michael Watson

Quoting readingstore at thebookscene.com:

> ML 1918-1970 flexis jacketed or unjacketed, and later editions with
> jackets are getting harder to find consistently in the 'wild' for the
> casual collector.
> Neal Fenty
> TheBookScene.com
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Why is ModernLib membership down?
> From: Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com>
> Date: Mon, January 29, 2007 2:25 pm
> To: ML ListServ <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> Folks,
> The number of folks renewing memberships in ModernLib is way down.
> While I don't purge the on-line subscriber records, I can assure you
> that paid membership is down by a huge percentage.
> I can't figure out why this is so.  ModernLib keeps being updated and
> expanded, and yet we're not keeping old members or attracting many
> new ones.
> Any ideas about what's going on?
> Scot Kamins
> ....................
> Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
> can change the world.    Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
>   -- Margaret Mead

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