Featured Bookseller: Paul Kennedy



Paul Kennedy Alibris-affiliated bookseller Paul Kennedy does more than just sell books. He's turning into quite a gamer, favoring one in particular about personal finance, investing, and life. Paul says, "I've recently begun playing a game called CASHFLOW 101. It was designed by Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) to assist people in understanding how money actually works. I had a business before selling books: it left me in debt, mostly because I didn't understand finance (I THOUGHT I did). Had I played this game a few times ten years ago, I think that I would now be independently wealthy (have enough money coming in to cover expenses even if I couldn't work). Now I play the game, and the more advanced version, CASHFLOW 202, a couple of times a month, and the change in my attitudes towards money and the way to use it is incredible." And no, he doesn't work for Cashflow Technologies, Inc.

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How did you get started?
I'm not really sure. It seems like one day I was buying books for fun, and then the next day I was selling books for profit. I do remember the first bookshow I ever did. It was wonderful. People bought gobs, oodles, and scads of books. I thought I had this thing called bookselling licked. It took me four years before I had another show even close to that first one. (Maybe the fact that my prices hovered around $8.00 per title had something to do with the initial success.)

If you weren't selling books, what would you be doing?
I would be working in network marketing full-time instead of part-time. I love networking only just slightly less than buying and selling books, and both offer me the advantage that my efforts return results based directly on the amount of work I'm willing to invest. There's nothing like it in the world.

Name 5 people, living or dead, you would invite to a dinner party.
Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin & Hobbes, the people most like me in the world), Thomas Jefferson (statesman supreme), Benjamin Franklin (inventor and ladies man), Richard Sharpe (fictional character created by author Bernard Cornwell; his indomitable courage and fierce pride provide an example for anyone), and Hammurabi (king of Babylon, he formatted a system of laws that was both fair and workable).

What science fiction innovation would you most like to see become reality?
Teleport machines. I would dearly love to go to a book show or convention in one second rather than six to 16 hours of driving each way. Or, failing that, a display for the dealers room that would assemble itself at the push of a button.

Contact Paul Kennedy:
Paul Kennedy, Bookseller
23400 Covello Street
West Hills, CA 91304
Phone: (818) 716-9171
Fax: (818) 710-1689
E-mail: [email protected]
Specialties: Mysteries and science fiction


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