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ABAA Holds First Official Webinar for Antiquarian Booksellers

September 9, 2011
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The ABAA’s first official webinar took place on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. IOBA member Kara McLaughlin was there.

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BEST OF: Rare Book School, A Week Among Bright Bookish Minds

June 1, 2011
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BEST OF: Rare Book School, A Week Among Bright Bookish Minds

In years past, aspiring book dealers learned the trade by apprenticing with experienced ones. Today, with so few “bricks and mortar” antiquarian book shops in business, those entering the field must seek out other ways to master this complex and challenging profession. In terms of formal educational opportunities, many dealers look to the highly acclaimed Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar as a means of learning the nuts and bolts of the rare book marketplace. If you find yourself looking for an historical perspective of the rare book world or an academic approach to specific areas of the field, Rare Book School…

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Problems with Amazon as an Antiquarian Seller Site

July 1, 2008
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What is wrong with Amazon? An internet-only bookseller of vintage and antiquarian books explains.

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A Bookseller’s Tasha Tudor Remembrance

July 1, 2008
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A Bookseller’s Tasha Tudor Remembrance

I add my voice to the many others who note the passing of Tasha Tudor with sadness. Many lives have been touched by Tasha’s art and her stories, including my own. I extend to the family and those who may have known and been close to Tasha and the kids my condolences and offer prayers and blessings upon their hearts and lives in their time of loss. My own story with Tasha began early one morning in September of 1994 when I received a phone call from a friend in Vermont who had heard that Tasha would be doing a…

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Alan Deffenderfer of ABD Booksellers

July 1, 2008
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My interests in reading have changed over the years. When I was in middle school, my parents bought a set of encyclopedias. I used to stay up after bedtime in my upstairs room and read articles on places, events and things around the world that fascinated my young mind. In high school, I was on the debate team and I became absorbed in reading newspapers and new magazines to keep abreast of the latest political and cultural issues. I graduated with six As and one D; I barely passed college preparatory English! My interests developed and changed in college where…

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Book Hunter Press

April 15, 2008
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(An update by Susan Siegel, co-author and publisher of the Used Book Lover’s Guides, the series of seven regional guides to 8,000 used book dealers in the United States and Canada.) Just as the Internet has dramatically changed the business of buying and selling used books, the computer has also changed the way Book Hunter Press delivers the information contained in the Used Book Lover’s Guides to its target audience: traveling bibliophiles. First published in 1993 as travel guides for book lovers who enjoyed browsing used bookstores, and kept up to date with new editions and annual print supplements, beginning…

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Sam Heitman of Naples Books, Inc.

April 15, 2008
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In high school I hated to read and couldn’t have cared less about books. My teachers issued mass market paperback editions of the classics like army supply sergeants. Cover art was most likely a still from the latest film adaptation. No wonder I loathed the experience. It wasn’t until my first visit to Kafka’s Books in Miami Beach in 1996 that I became intrigued, even obsessed, with books: the musty smell, aisle upon aisle of books I had never seen or even heard of, the interesting dust jackets. The whole experience was like hunting for treasure. It became apparent that…

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Michelle Black Reagan of Everleaf Books

April 15, 2008
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Michelle Black Reagan of Everleaf Books

Like so many of my IOBA brethren, my online virtual store began life as a bricks and mortar establishment. High in the Colorado ski country, Wolf Moon Books operated on Main Street in picturesque Frisco. I began my bookselling adventure in 1997 when I purchased “Frisco Books” from my then-neighbor, Peter Brindamour. I was a lawyer-turned-novelist at the time and Peter had offered to host my very first book signing. We became friends and I told him to call me first if he ever decided to sell his store. A couple of years later, he did just that. Owning my…

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