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    Dear Friends and Constant Readers,

    It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I assume the role of caretaker of Bett’s Books. My predecessor, Stuart Tinker, has held the position for nearly 20 years, and he is a well-known and respected figure in the Stephen King community. I would like to thank Stu for his dedication over the past years and for inspiring in so many of us a passion for all things Stephen King. My first King collectible was purchased from Stu almost 15 years ago. Stu and I plan to complete the formal transfer of ownership during the next several weeks.

    Bett’s Books is synonymous with authenticity, quality and service, and I intend to uphold these values as the new owner. One of my long-term goals is to help expand people’s knowledge and appreciation for the literary works of Stephen King and to be an advocate for reading in general. I also plan to continue my support of The Haven Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization making grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening trauma.

    I simply could not be more delighted to be the new proprietor of Bett’s Books, and I look forward to providing you with the utmost care and consideration. I have several ideas for taking the business in new directions, so stay tuned!
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    I didn't get the email but my guess back a while ago was right! Congratulations, David! You are truely the king of Stephen King collectibles!

    John

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    Dear Friends and Constant Readers,

    It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I assume the role of caretaker of Bett’s Books. My predecessor, Stuart Tinker, has held the position for nearly 20 years, and he is a well-known and respected figure in the Stephen King community. I would like to thank Stu for his dedication over the past years and for inspiring in so many of us a passion for all things Stephen King. My first King collectible was purchased from Stu almost 15 years ago. Stu and I plan to complete the formal transfer of ownership during the next several weeks.

    Bett’s Books is synonymous with authenticity, quality and service, and I intend to uphold these values as the new owner. One of my long-term goals is to help expand people’s knowledge and appreciation for the literary works of Stephen King and to be an advocate for reading in general. I also plan to continue my support of The Haven Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization making grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening trauma.

    I simply could not be more delighted to be the new proprietor of Bett’s Books, and I look forward to providing you with the utmost care and consideration. I have several ideas for taking the business in new directions, so stay tuned!
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    one question david....


    did it include that cute little thing that worked for stu?

    now THAT would be the deal of the century.


    congrads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Boomme View Post
    one question david....


    did it include that cute little thing that worked for stu?

    now THAT would be the deal of the century.


    congrads!
    sadly, no.
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    Congratulations, David! Best of luck!

    John

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    BTW... your first job as new owner should be to make sure you update that email list. I didn't get the email from stu either... though I've been a customer of betts for 10+ years and spent at least 30 grand there.
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    Hearty congratulations David. I wish you well in your new adventure.
    I have PS - Skeleton Crew Signed/Lettered for Sale, Trade or Swap. Layaway possible
    I soon will have PS - 'Salem's Lot Signed/Lettered for Sale. Trade or Swap. Layaway possible

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    Fantastic, David. Congratulations! The very best of luck to you!

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    Mods please rename this thread.
    I have PS - Skeleton Crew Signed/Lettered for Sale, Trade or Swap. Layaway possible
    I soon will have PS - 'Salem's Lot Signed/Lettered for Sale. Trade or Swap. Layaway possible

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    I was very sad to hear that Stu was closing after so many years. My very first signed book came from there, and I visited there on my first honeymoon, with Stu opening specially for me.

    Now I know that the new owner is someone of the highest integrity, I've no concerns about the future of Betts (will the name remain?). Matey, I couldn't be more pleased for you. You have the right mix of honesty and insanity to make this work.

    In another thread Sir_Boome suggests you update the mailing list. My suggestion is to re-design the website. You don't want anything too fancy (I think that would detract from its main job) but it's a little too sprawling at the moment.

    All the luck in the world to you my friend.

    Ceri
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    Thanks all. It will be a lot of work, but they say that you should do something you really enjoy...not a problem there!
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    WOW !!

    Congratulations David !!

    I am also pleased and excited for all of us that Bett's has a new caretaker that cares as much about King's work and book collecting as you do.

    YEA for everyone !!

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    WOW! Thats amazing David - congratulations!! If you need any help at all don't hesitate to ask us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calla_Wolf View Post
    I was very sad to hear that Stu was closing after so many years. My very first signed book came from there, and I visited there on my first honeymoon, with Stu opening specially for me.

    Now I know that the new owner is someone of the highest integrity, I've no concerns about the future of Betts (will the name remain?). Matey, I couldn't be more pleased for you. You have the right mix of honesty and insanity to make this work.

    In another thread Sir_Boome suggests you update the mailing list. My suggestion is to re-design the website. You don't want anything too fancy (I think that would detract from its main job) but it's a little too sprawling at the moment.

    All the luck in the world to you my friend.

    Ceri
    Ah, Ceri my old friend!

    Thank you for your comments, and yes, the name will remain as it has a presence in the community around the world. Sadly, the store front in Bangor will close and I will run it as a web-based business (Stu says 95%+ of orders come from e-mail/phone/web). I have several ideas, but e-mail list refinement and new design will occur as soon as I can manage it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e_taylor View Post
    WOW! Thats amazing David - congratulations!! If you need any help at all don't hesitate to ask us!
    I am ALWAYS open for suggestions, so send them along. Some will be utilized, others not, of course, but my goal is to give everyone the best experience I can offer.
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    .



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    problem is...
    david will want to keep all the good stuff for his own collection ...ha ha.

    bett's books inventory site goes to a couple of king related mags.
    david's collection thread here expands by 50 pages.
    (this is my secret reason I didn't contact stu to buy his store)
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    Congratulations Wiz!!! What an amazing step

    All the best luck!!
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    So, David, are you moving to Bangor?
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    Stu's first words to me were you CAN NOT fall in love with the inventory. I have a strong will, so I think I can manage.
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    I'm so happy for you David. Wonderful news.

    I'm with Eric, if there's anything you need or I can help you with, please don't hesitate to ask.
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    Congrats Wiz! Good luck with this!

    I look forward to doing business with you!



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    WOW !!! Im so happy to hear that an Icon such at Bett's is going to be continued by someone like yourself... this is wonderful news to all Stephen
    King fans and I'm sure with your passion and knowledge that Bett's will be
    a fun and exciting venture for you !!! Congratulations David

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    This outpouring of support and congratulations is making me cry (of joy!). Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    So, David, are you moving to Bangor?

    he can't afford to move since he bought the farm

    yeah david... stronger will than me i hope....

    i've never been able to part with any of my king books as yet, so i'd have made a great caretaker... poor businessman.

    still... i know you'll be tempted to keep a few of the best goodies back.... you WERE a collector 1st - BEFORE becoming a store owner.... and we all know how hard it is to shed that collector bug that's infected a good portion of us here.
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