Author: Chris Volk

Bookseller since 1993, full-time since 1997, mostly online, but we do exhibit at several book fairs each year, issue catalogues and are open by appointment. We live in the Sierra foothills (gold rush country) and have a building on our property dedicated to holding our inventory. We specialize in modern first editions - including African American literature, mysteries, science fiction, poetry and children's books. I am proud to serve IOBA as its President in 2013.

Books Are Still Alive and Well

In recent years, the online bookseller forums have been buzzing with the message that books are dead (or dying at least), that e-books will make printed books obsolete, and that no one is reading anyhow! Before giving in to the…

From the President

Traditionally, newly elected IOBA Presidents started out the year with a message to the members. I was going to do that in this issue, but instead, I wound up writing an article on collecting which I think will be a…

The Pros and Cons of Amazon.com for Buyers and Sellers

This is the third in a series of articles taking a brief look at the pros and cons of the various multi-dealer book-listing databases. The first and second in the series looked at AbeBooks.com and Alibris.com and can be found…

Pros and Cons of Alibris.com for Buyers and Sellers

This is the second in a series of articles taking a brief look at the pros and cons of the various multi-dealer book listing databases. The first in the series looked at AbeBooks.com and can be found in the previous…

Pros and Cons of AbeBooks.com for Buyers and Sellers

This is the first in a series of proposed articles taking a brief look at the pros and cons of the various multi-dealer book listing databases. The three largest of these databases—AbeBooks.com, Alibris.com and Amazon.com’s Marketplace—all have two things in…

Overlooked and Undervalued: The Bookseller’s Inventory Database

Most booksellers when evaluating their business assets will consider the cost and potential market value of their inventory, the cost of computer equipment, and maybe even the replacement cost of their reference library, but it seems that the value of…