Better World Books
BookMarks Library Newsletter - Fall 2009
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Here's a reminder about the new Marketplace on our site!  Back in August, our Web development team launched the Better World Books Marketplace powered by  You can find Marketplace books listed on all our product pages, under the "Marketplace" tab.  This was a huge win for our customers who now have twice as many titles to choose from - over 6 million! We're especially excited that, like every other book on our site, each Marketplace book sold helps support literacy in the U.S. and around the world while connecting customers with the books they want at a fair price.  Click to shop our wide new selection.

More for Your Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible Books!

Do you remember the last newsletter article about an exciting book we saw?  In the ARC corner, we highlighted a rare Peter Force Declaration of Independence.  Needless to say, we were really excited to see it and what's even more exciting is that we've sold it!

With that, we've launched a new commission structure for Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible Books.  Check out the press release here.

As a reminder, we do ask that you ship ARC books under a different tracking code.  Let us know if you have any questions about how to ship these books appropriately or if you want more details on the new model.  For more info on the program, you can view our ARC Guidelines (PDF), contact your Account Rep, or email

Last Quarter Highlights

Top 5 Sales in Q2:
The Unfinished Nation II: Introduction to US History
Oral Health-Related Quality of Life
Michael Rohr Tester, Marita Rohr Inglehart, Robert A. Bagramian
The Spectator, Vols. 1-3, 5
Edited by Donald F. Bond
Form and Transformation in Music and Poetry of the English Renaissance (Study in English)
Paula Johnson
Steel Construction Manual, 13th Edition (Book)

Top 5 Sales in Q2: Third Party Marketplaces
The History of Mauritius, or the Isle of France and the Neighbouring Islands
Charles & Baron Grant
Human Problem Solving
Allen Newell
Chemical Manipulation: Being Instructions to Students in Chemistry... with Accuracy and Success
Michael Faraday
Spenser's Faerie Queene: a Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie (Vols. 1-6)
Edited by Thomas J. Wise, Illustrated by Walter Crane
The New Cambridge Medieval History, Complete 7 Vol. Set, Missing Vol. 1
Edited by Rosamond McKitterick, T. Reuter, D. Luscombe, J. Riley-Smith, D. Abulafia, M. Jones & C. Allmand

Top 5 Sales in Q2: ARC
American Archives Series 5 Vol. 1 includes printing of Declaration of Independence
Peter Force
Two sets of Chemical Abstracts
History of the orders of knighthood of the British empire, of the order of the Guelphs of Hanover, and of the medals, clasps, and crosses, conferred for naval and military services [Volumes I, II, III, IV]
Nicolas, Sir Nicholas Harris
Le Grand Atlas ou Cosmographie
Blaviane, Complete in Twelve Volumes (Vols. I-XII)
Blaeu, Johan (Joan)
Cahiers 1894-1945. 29 Volume Set.
Paul Valery

Top 5 Sales in Q2: eBay
Works of James Fenimore Cooper; Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley [Thirty-Two Volumes]
Cooper, James Fenimore
Japanese Fairy Tales - 11 Volumes
Tales and Novels [Eighteen Volumes, Complete]
Edgeworth, Maria
Loeb Classical Library Gree/Red 70 Volumes.
The Works of English Poets, From Chaucer to Cowper [Volumes I - XXI, missing Volume II]
Chalmers, Alexander (Editor)

ARC Corner
Cotgrave, Randle. A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues.
1611, Adam Islip, London.

Cotgrave, Randle. A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues. 1611, Adam Islip, London. Renaissance, lexicography, and linguistics students find this book a valuable resource for tracing the evolution of both languages, providing insight to the way people viewed their world, and how they negotiated their present. Lucky us: we can trace the layers of language within, and imagine the journey this single book has taken, from its London press to the middle of America, four hundred years later. (I visualize perilous ocean crossings and wild midnight carriage rides.) This particular book has seen some tough times. It has shed its original binding, replaced by sturdy library buckram. It's lost a table of conjugations of perfect verbs (ripped out by a frustrated student?); it's missing a few of its original blanks, but the beauty of the print and the language remains.

Language is always evolving: in our lifetime alone, how many profane words have become commonplace? How many previously innocuous words are now epithets? In the early 17th century, language was heavily in flux. The attempt to pin down one language in order to be understood in another often proved a quixotic enterprise. French was the international language of business and culture, and the Dictionarie was the first serious attempt to address the need for a French-English language reference. Though riddled with errors and far from complete (it would be revised and reissued several times), it was a significant start.

The work uses French proverbs and pithy sayings to illustrate meaning: how better to understand a culture by understanding its wisdom and humor?

Here's one on Love: "Ia coü ard n'aura belle amie": "Faint heart neuer woon faire Ladie."

How about drinking? "Vin sur laict c'est souhait, laict sur vin c'est veni": "Milke before wine I would twere mine, milke taken after is poisons daughter." Remember "Liquor before beer...?"- ah yes - wisdom for the ages.

What We're Reading

The Conversation by Hill Harper
Reviewed by Ayanna Grady

The Conversation While he is widely known as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on 'CSI: NY' and President Obama's BFF, Hill Harper is also an accomplished author. His newest release, "The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships" is a slick combination of memoir, heart-to heart discussions and non-fiction self help.

Hill opens the book stating that he is not an expert on relationships. You are immediately put at ease, knowing that you won't be lectured or force fed a set of outdated rules. While reading the book, Hill allows you into his and his friends' relationships. There are singles, couples, children and divorcees - you know, the typical situations found in America. Hill gives everyone a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.

Although there are some of the same, tired views expressed by Hill's friends, you can feel the sincerity of newer, fresher views radiating off the pages. They are trying to mend the hurts, pains and gaps that keep us from having successful relationships. In the end, two main themes surface that have resonated for generations - men want to feel needed and women want to be taken seriously.

While honest communication, trust, commitment and friendship are the basis for a strong relationship, we have to work to achieve the loving connection that we all deserve. The bottom line is that there is a disconnect in the community. The media, our forefathers and the establishment are not solely responsible. Nor are they obligated to begin the process reconnecting our community. We Are.

Meet the Team

Kathy MarksI'm Kathy Marks.  I love people and books.  Therefore, Better World Books has been the perfect place for me to work.  My family's favorite activity when a fresh book arrives from BWB is to see if there are any clues to the book's "past life." We are always interested in where the book travelled before it arrived in our home.   

Outside of work I enjoy running, music, football, travelling, and getting together with my friends and family.  My favorite thing to do on weekends is to leisurely wake up, make berry pancakes, and eat them with my family on the patio.

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Coming Soon

Upcoming Conferences:
  • 2010 ALA Midwinter: January 15 - 19, 2010.  Boston, MA
  • PLA: March 23-17, 2010, Portland, OR
Other Notable Dates:
  • Thanksgiving: November 26 - 27, 2009.  Better World Books will be closed.
  • Christmas: December 24 - 25, 2009.  Better World Books will be closed.
  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2009.  Better World Books will be closed.
To see the full list of UPS Days of Operation, click here.

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We hope you enjoyed this installment of our newsletter.  We encourage you to forward this newsletter to any of your colleagues that may be interested in learning more about the Better World Books for Libraries.  Also, remember to shop at for all your book purchases.  Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the next installment of BookMarks!

Best regards,

Better World Books Library Team

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