Fall 2002 (Vol. III, No. 3) Table of Contents
- Editor’s Notes
- the Interview: J. R. McWillians – ABooksearch.com
- Popshops Offers Merchants a New Deal
- The Interview: Andy Gutterman – MyOwnBookshop.com
- ChooseBooks.com Update
- Rhett Moran – BookAvenue
- Author Book Review: Debra L. Winegarten
- Author Book Review: Kevin Paglia
- Author Book Review: Jai Sen
- IOBA Q & A Column
- Frustrating Image Processing Roundtable
- Commonly Used Bookseller Abbreviations
- Book Fair Toolbox
- How an English Orphan Girl Became a Viscountess and Went to California
- Ephemeral Assays – The Word
- Internet Resources for Bibliographic Research: OCLC
- A Book and an Obsession – the Goldstone’s Out of the Flames
- The Dickens Reference Shelf. An Annotated List.
- 2002 Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair
- 2002 Colorado Book Seminar
- Michael Guessford – Oak Knoll Press
- Jack Allen, author of “Change of Heart”, “An Innocent Among them”
- Gary Kurtz, author of “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gate”
- Self-Interview: Sean O’Donoghue, U.K. Bookseller
- Adam Niswander, Author and Bookseller
- Ken Fermoyle, Author and Bookseller
- Marjorie Helms, author of “Not In Front of the Children”
- Anirvan Chatterjee and Charlie Hsu, BookFinder.com
- Elephant Skin
- Tom Sawyer, Creator of Record Manager, BookMaster, BookMate and now BookWriter
IOBA Q & A
By Jean McKenna
Q. Is there such a thing as a computer dictionary? I can’t possibly be alone in that I am very proficient at most of the programs that relate to what I’m doing at the moment, but don’t understand a scary amount of what others consider too obvious to even define.
A. Yes, there are computer dictionaries; in fact, there are a variety of them, some covering general computer terminology, some dealing with specific areas (desktop publishing, graphics, the Internet, telecommunications, etc.).
I have accumulated a small collection over the past 20 years, some bound volumes and some downloaded from Web sites. An oldie but goodie is JARGON: An Informal Dictionary of Computer Terms, by Robin Williams (long one of the best authors in the computer field), ISBN 0938251643, Peachpit Press, soft cover, 7.5″x9.125″. Mine is a 2nd printing, 199l, so it’s not completely up to date, but I’ve found it an excellent reference. There may be later editions available.
Q. My post office refused to let me send a lot of thirty-year-old Surfer magazines BPM because they contained advertising.
A. This is from the USPS web page Business Mail 101 (for beginners):
Bound Printed Matter must:
a. Consist of advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial material or any combination of such material).
b. Be securely bound by permanent fastenings such as staples, spiral binding, glue, or stitching. Loose-leaf binders and similar fastenings are not considered permanent.
c. Consist of sheets of which at least 90% are imprinted by any process other than handwriting or typewriting with words, letters, characters, figures, or images (or any combination of them).
d. Not have the nature of personal correspondence.
e. Not be stationery, such as pads of blank printed forms.
It couldn’t be much clearer than this.
(It is also suggested that BPM packages be marked “Return Service Requested”, as the Post Office will not return Bound Printed Matter if undeliverable.)
Q. Does anyone use those white paperback display boxes? They are 30 x 8 x 4-1/2–typically they hover around the feet of bookcases and are meant to display paperback spines. I do not mean shipping boxes, but display boxes. I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear before.
A. I get most of my storage supplies, plastic bags, comic boxes, magazine boxes, record boxes from: http://www.bagsunlimited.com/. All kinds of bags and backing boards.
And since it seems appropriate here is a list of other specialty suppliers:
(The above represents only a few suppliers; there are, of course, others.)
Our thanks go to:
Tom Hood – Logan Lake Books
Terry – An Odd Volume Books
Sasha – NeetStuff
Check out the Independent Online Booksellers Association Website