A: I am fine, how are you?
Q: Why aren't your books in stores?
A: My books are not mass-market items, they are unique specialty books produced by me personally in small quantities. Unit cost is very high. If they were in stores, they’d have to be $50-$75 each! “Real” publishers know that our hobby is not widespread enough to justify mass-market books of a high caliber. That my books exist at all is due to the fact that for me they are a creative expression and a labor of love.
Q: Do you have any threes?
A: Go Fish.
Q: How big are your books? How
A: As you know, these radios and TVs are very interesting to look at. I make my books very interesting to look at too, in the same way. If you like the way these little radios and TVs look, you will love my books.
Now to some people, all this is irrelevant. They want bulk. But is “bulk” the way to measure the value of a radio? A sports car? A pretty girl? Why someone more interested in quantity than quality would be interested in these little radios and TVs at all, I don’t know.
The best measurement of my books is not the number of pages, but the number of objects they show, and the total number of images they contain. That’s why I give those numbers in each book’s description. These books are chock full of pictures–they’re a visual feast!
will I get
my money’s worth?
A: Yes you will indeed. I guarantee it! Thousands of collectors worldwide enjoy my books. I’m so confident you will too that I guarantee your satisfaction or your money back, including the postage.
Q: What makes these books so
Well, we’re talking about two basic categories of books: black & white and color. The black & white books make no pretense to fine photography, but offer comprehensive coverage of each radio brand with photos of each model and comment. Though not visually on par with the color books, they are unique and valuable to collectors.
The color books are a new concept in collector books. Specialized to a single brand or theme, they contain more images, and of far better quality, than in other collector books three times as thick! Most other books out there cheap out on pictures and waste page after page with long, meaningless descriptions. Fewer than 10% of the items described are even pictured in many of those books! And for the most part, the pictures you do get are poorly-lit little snapshots. In my books, pictures are king! Every item described is pictured. The text is lively and informative, yet it never gets in the way of the big, clear, well-lit photos.
Q: Can I get a
discount on your books?
A: We collectors are bargain-hunters, I know that. Anyone who combs the flea markets as you and I do is a bargain hunter. But my books are not used items sold at salvage value. Don’t let the flea market experience skew your perception of the true value of research, design, labor, and production. Many radio collectors buy each one of my books as soon as it comes out. They are loyal supporters of my efforts and I appreciate them very much. It would be unfair to those who have supported my work all along if I were to give a discount to others who come later. I do offer the discount of a single shipping charge as an incentive to multiple purchases.
Q: When are you
combine all your books into one volume and sell it to us for less than
costs you to make?
A: I’ve found that those who ask this question usually went to college in the ’60s or ’70s, when economics departments were generally staffed by people who were Marxist, just plain silly, or both. Losing money on each transaction does not sound like a great business plan to me. I'm sorry!
Q: Do you have any
A: Go Fish.
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