Friday, March 17, 2006

Awards! Awards! and More Awards!

Tis the season for awards. They're certainly all over the Tv and the news. What was the best _____ of 2005? I'm always entertained by awards and how different my tastes are from the actual winners. We've included awards on FictionDB for awhile, but without much focus. That has just changed!

We've added all the major awards for all four genres. There are obviously a million awards given to books, so we've stuck with the majors from each genre. To access the new awards area of FictionDB, you can visit the Advanced Search page or click on the Awards link from an author page. There are several search options to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Awards aren't always given to the best book, but you may just find a few new authors to try...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What are my books REALLY worth?

I used to be a book collector until the day I ran out of space. I'd track down an author's complete backlist and stack them on a shelf somewhere. I'd get around to them eventually.

Before the likes of Amazon and eBay, I used to locate hard-to-find books the old-fashioned way -- I drove from store to store. But this could take quite awhile. No matter how difficult to locate, I knew I'd find it eventually. Now, of course, with so many people selling books online, those little gems are a lot harder to find in stores, but they're only a click away on the internet. I picked up Mary Balogh's complete backlist last year in a couple of weeks -- this would have taken me years on my own!

The problem was I kept finding new authors and I couldn't read them all fast enough. Something had to give. Since I don't reread books, the books I'd already read were the obvious choice to get rid of. I knew many of them were supposedly worth a lot of money, but which ones? Well, now I can find out!

FictionDB will now show you the used price of all the books you've organized in My Bookshelf, My Archive, and My Wishlist. Click Here for the direct link or go to My Account and then to Value My Books.

Some books I thought were worth something aren't and vice versa. It sure was fun having a look. I have a new reading strategy now -- read the expensive ones and sell them :)

Let us know if you find a diamond in the rough!