How long have you been in business?
We just re-started our online bookstore at the end of 2012, after my retirement. Time, Space & Motion Books originally began in 1999 and I sold books online under that name until the Spring of 2003, when I suffered a moderately severe stroke. During the interim, I had to re-learn how to use a computer and went back to school (to became a Drug and Alcohol Counselor). That work kept me quite occupied and busy until just recently...
Are your prices set in stone?
No, we are very willing to negotiate all listed prices. Book prices are usually tied to condition and rarity, but like all other 'used' merchandise, books have no intrinsic value & are only worth what a buyer is willing to pay.
Additionally, one of the main reasons I decided to re-open Time, Space & Motion books - other than making a little extra income - is because I love books and have no one in my immediate family who appreciates a good book with the same intensity as I do. Before I pass on, I would like all my books to find a good home...
So, if you see something you would like to have but can't afford at the listed price, shoot us an e-mail and by all means let's talk about it!
How do you determine a book's condition?
During my early years as a book seller, I read a lot about pricing book conditions and memorized the general trade guidelines... but it quickly became apparent to me that each 'expert' is slightly different when it comes to pricing a book.
There are some general guidelines to abide by, but for the most part, pricing is in the 'eye of the beholder' - and, of course that must include the buyer as well as the seller. We do our best to fully describe all of our books, both through written and photo descriptions of each title. We never use 'stock' photographs - all photos shown are of the actual book being listed.
The grading 'cheat sheet' I have developed and personally go by when examining a book is as follows:
FINE (or Very Fine, or New)
A perfect copy, as issued with no apparent defects.
Dust Jacket - Bright & shiny, No rubbing, bumping, dents, dings or creases. No sign that it has been read (although it may have been).
Book - Corners sharp, headband un-mushed. No ownership marks, or other damage. New Book 'creak' should still be present.
NEAR FINE (or Nearly New)
Generally, as above, with any specific discrepancies noted.
VERY GOOD - (with plus + or minus -)
May show wear, but no torn or missing pages, complete bindings. A dust jacket may or may not be present. A 'normal' book in above average condition.
Dust Jacket - Rubbing, fading, a small tear or chips, price clipped, remainder marks acceptable but must be stated if present.
Book - Physically intact, DJ (if present) intact, with any minor flaws indicated. Small ownership marks, spine bumping, bent corners, any other flaws must be noted.
GOOD - (with plus + or minus -)
In the lower end of the collectible range. Average book with all pages present, but may have tears or other substantial defects. May or may not have a DJ. A well-used book.
Dust Jacket - some serious problems. Large chips, tears, price clipping, tape marks, stains or fading may be present. The jacket has done it's job and seen better days... all defects are listed.
Book - binding may be rolled, or shaken; hinges may be cracked or loose; there may be some writing on pages; ownership marks are present; book is well-read. All defects must be listed.
READING COPY - (or Poor, or Trading Stock)
Non-collectible quality. One or more major defects. Text must be complete, but may be missing flyleaf or have damage to binding. DJ (if present) will have major flaws. There may be damage from water, burns, smoke, extensive writing or marks, etc. Ex-Library books also fall in this category (regardless of other condition); most Book Club editions; later re-printings; and (for purists) most paperback books.
Time, Space & Motions Books will only rarely sell Reading Copies. Damaged books are only offered when there are off-setting circumstances, such as rarity of edition or availability of the title, or (occasionally) some other special circumstance that makes the particular copy worth more or worth keeping.
If you ever buy a book from us whose condition is not substantially as described, please let us know about it. There are a number of things that can be done, including price adjustments and/or returns.