IOBA Scholarships Offered

The IOBA Scholarship Committee is in the process of receiving and evaluating applications. IOBA offers up to three scholarships each year so members can continue their education and professional development. Scholarships are awarded without regard to current level of accomplishment, financial need, full- or part-time bookseller status, or length of time in the book trade. IOBA is committed to the belief that every well-educated, well-informed, and ethical bookseller is a credit to the trade and to our organization, and we consider these scholarships to be our investment in the future of bookselling. Continue reading

Annual IOBA Scholarship Contest

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is offering three scholarships this year. IOBA awards these scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers, without regard to their level of accomplishment or the length of their time in the book trade. We believe that every well-educated, well-informed, and ethical bookseller is a credit to the trade and to our organization, and we consider these scholarships to be our investment in the future of bookselling. Continue reading

New IOBA Members: First Half 2014

IOBA is happy to admit the following to membership. They represent four countries on three continents:

RareNonFiction.com
Bygone Books
Lighthouse Books, ABAA
Nelson Rare Books
Hejnal Books
Tannery Books
Swan’s Fine Books
Blue Jacket Books
Garrett Scott Bookseller
MP Imprint
Agnes Books
Fine Editions Ltd.
Medium Rare Books
J&J Lubrano Music Antiquarians
Marc Sena Carrel
Anderson’s Books and Prints
Karol Krysik Books

The Annual IOBA Scholarships

Christine Volk, Chair of the Independent Online Booksellers Association Scholarship Committee, has announced three IOBA scholarship winners: two will be attending the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) in August – Adam Schachter of Langdon Manor Books in Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth Saunders of Tannery Books, in Archdale, North Carolina. The final scholarship was awarded to James South, of Treasure and Relish, Harrogate, North Yorkshire to attend the inaugural Yorkshire Antiquarian Booksellers Seminar (YABS) in England this fall.

“I’m excited to receive the scholarship,” says Adam Schachter, “I’ve spent the last two and half years reaching out to anybody who would help me learn the trade as I tried to determine if I could make a living at it full time. All of my study has been self directed. Now that I am on the cusp of leaving the practice of law, I am very hopeful that CABS will give me that final push to where my joy of the business and knowledge and contacts made at CABS will equal a full time living as a bookseller.”

“After three years in the book business,” says Beth Saunders, who will also be attending the Colorado school, “I was looking for ways to make Tannery Books more successful and professional. Attending CABS this year is perfect timing. We get to learn from experts from all around the country. I’ll be surrounded by ‘book people’ — I can’t wait!”

James South established his online business, Treasure & Relish, in the spring of 2011, “building a business selling the things that have always interested me – art, books and decor.”  “For the last year or so,” James continues, “I have concentrated my efforts into acquiring, presenting and selling books, though working alone, buying stock, making decisions, etc., can be daunting when you’re relatively new to the bookselling world. Being awarded the IOBA scholarship to attend the York Antiquarian Book Seminar in September presents a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from some of the leading book dealers and specialists through their lectures, discussions & demonstrations. I am delighted to have received this generous scholarship, and excited to find out where it will take me next.”

Both CABS and YABS are intensive bookselling programs designed not only to make better educated booksellers, but to grow the next generation of leaders in the field.