Dealing with the remains of Clarkesworld Books

Once upon a time, I owned a bookstore: Clarkesworld Books. When it closed eight years ago, I ended up with a basement full of books which I’ve been slowly selling off via Amazon, at conventions, and other places. If you’ve seen my table at Capclave or Readercon, you know I’ve become extremely motivated to find these books a new home, often discounting things down to a $1. A few months ago, at Philcon, I brought nine boxes of books that failed to sell and dumped them on the freebie table. I’ve already packed eight more to bring to Boskone.

Despite these efforts, a significant volume of books remain. After Boskone, I’ll check with some used bookstores in the area and see if they are interested in the paperbacks I decided not to use in the recent cull. I’ll probably put the rest on EBay in lots of 20-30 and see what happens. At worst, Lunacon comes around in April and I can always give away a few more boxes there.

If anyone knows any other places that might be interested in buying paperbacks/trade paperbacks/hardcovers in bulk–cheap–let me know. I’m in Northern NJ and wouldn’t be opposed to driving a couple of hours if it reduces the pile significantly. I also have road trips to the DC and Boston areas scheduled this year.

In cleaning this all up, I’ve also uncovered a bunch of small press and signed limited edition books. Those will likely be added to my Amazon Seller account as some of them have become quite valuable. Makes ditching the others for next-to-nothing a lot more palatable. 😉

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