Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2012 Issue

Is this any way to run an airline?

Revised advanced search screen with fields

Revised advanced search with keyword field at top

Software and site development is incremental accompanied once every two or three years with a major remake/rewrite.  During the past month we’ve been made several incremental changes worth noting.

On our home, AE Monthly and auction pages we have added movement in the image boxes on the right side and we think the difference is significant because it gathers attention to specific events or catalogues.  This month Christie’s is advertising their Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts auction in London on June 13th.  Images they selected appear every six seconds in effect creating a catalogue browsing experience for anyone whose eyes are drawn for a few moments to the activity.  Each image in their case is linked to specific lots in their upcoming sale at London, King Street.
   

The same activity is occurring in the second and third boxes, de Orbe Novo and The Arader Galleries.

The Internet provides broad options for obtaining information but there is every indication the sheer speed of such encounters often requires more incidental encounters to achieve the same intensity of impression as print media.  Hence the now common assessment of booksellers who report that electronic catalogues, while robust and flexible, do not generate as many sales as the traditional printed catalogue.  We believe the addition of activity in presentation will dramatically increase viewer awareness. 

 

As to the size of the audience AE Monthly is emailed to more than 20,000 individuals and institutions each month and thousands more come to the site regularly for an update on the world of books.

Another Change:  revised advance search

The advanced search screen now has the Keyword(s) field at the top with the next four most commonly used fields, author, title, year printed and place printed just below.  This sequences these most commonly used fields in order of their frequency of use.

The Keyword field continues to search all terms as unique and sequential.  A search for Washington finds 91,268 records in the AED.  Adding George narrows the results to 23,045.  Adding Martha brings the number of results down to a manageable 160


Posted On: 2012-06-03 00:00
User Name: LDRB

Bruce: Continued improvements are always good. I would comment however the "added movement" in the ads I think has other results. I find my page refre


Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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