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Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

From On-Line to Selling at Antiquarian Book Fairs

July 9, 2013
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with Lee Kirk, Ken Karmiole, and Nancy Johnson We asked several IOBA members for their perspectives on selling at book fairs. The focus of this article is not on the large international and member only trade association fairs, but on the smaller regional fairs where booths are open to all sellers with a good reputation. Many of these fairs sell out of booth space, so if you are interested in exhibiting at one, get on the waiting list early. Madlyn Blom of OldBagLady Books has some advice for first-timers. She exhibits at The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair - or the St…

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Book Selling at Antique Malls

July 7, 2013
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with Lee Kirk, Gayle Williamson, and Sharon Eisenberg So as part of this month’s theme of alternate selling venues for online book sellers, I thought it would be interesting to do a piece on selling in antique malls. Over the years I’ve heard many anecdotal accounts of dealers who set up spaces in antique malls, with mixed positive and negative results. I’ve been selling at the Westminster Antique Mall  for over a year, taking over my current space as of January 2013. Selling at an antique mall is pretty simple in concept: the mall owners rent you space in which to…

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2013 IOBA Scholarship Announcement

July 5, 2013
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The IOBA Scholarship Committee reviewed a number of worthy applications this year, and we have two very deserving winners.  Before getting to that, though, just a few words about the scholarships. As those who have been keeping up with announcements on the IOBA lists know, our organization offers two scholarships each year. The first is for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, held in Colorado Springs in August each year. The second is an open scholarship which can be used for a number of educational opportunities (e.g., the University of Virginia Rare Book School). These scholarships are an important aspect of…

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Book Selling at Genre Conventions

June 27, 2013
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“Fandom” is a term that certain science fiction fans use to describe themselves, and conventions are where fandom congregates to indulge their mutual interest in the genre and meet some of the authors and artists (the “pros”) who make it happen. While the majority of genre conventions are science fiction (SF) and fantasy themed, there are even more specialized cons including media (e.g. Star Trek or Star Wars), anime, manga, gaming and comics. In the broader genre context, there are also horror and mystery conventions. The first SF convention was held in 1936 in the United States (New York City),…

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“Don’t Do It!”

February 28, 2013
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Editor’s note: My first encounter with this article was actually at its debut, as a talk delivered by Greg to the Class of 2009 (of which I was a member) at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. I thought it was brilliant then, and my opinion hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s only improved with age — like a fine wine, or a good book, or, heck, like Greg himself — and I’m pleased to be able to bring it to The Standard’s readers. Enjoy! — H.P. I. In the spring of 1975 I went to work for a genius who made…

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Building the World’s Best Collection of _________ Using the Internet

February 28, 2013
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1. How I Got Going. Let me begin with a confession that will surprise no one: like many booksellers, I have a strong collecting streak. I am first and foremost a voracious (even compulsive) reader, and I have always liked owning the books I read, so for as long as I can remember I’ve been a book accumulator. It was the Internet that set me on the path to full-time bookselling, but it also changed me from an accumulator to a collector (although I still do plenty of accumulating). As a bookseller, I can’t collect everything — if I did…

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A Small Association

February 28, 2013
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This is the story of a minor bibliographic mystery, and how it was solved. It’s just a small story — no big reveal to be picked up by the wire services, no five-hundred-year-old royalty buried under the car park — but one that I find very satisfying in the completeness of its resolution, and for the small insight it gives to the people behind the books involved. Enamored as we are of the material objects of our collecting, they are really nothing more than physical manifestations of the human characters that wrote, produced or owned them. My interest in the…

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The Story of IOBA’s New Logo

August 9, 2012
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A logo is, in many ways, like a person’s face. It is a graphic representation of an organization, easily recognized and often generating an emotional reaction in the viewer. Ideally, the logo will bring to mind the character and personality of the organization it represents. With IOBA well into its second decade, it seemed a good time to take a look at our logo and make sure it truly represented who we were and how we wanted to be perceived.

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Trade Discounts: Good for One and All

September 9, 2011
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Hey, booksellers....c’mere. Yeah, you....and you....and especially you. Sit down here for a minute. I want to have a word with you all about trade (dealer-to-dealer) discounts.

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