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2016 CABS Report: Paul Shelley, Churchill Book Collector

August 31, 2016
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Firstly, let me express again my thanks to the IOBA scholarship committee and to the membership at large for their support with the scholarship that I received. As Mike alluded to, CABS benefits the entire trade, not just the people who attend. Mike put it very elegantly when he talked about the “vibrant, vital ecosystem” that is the bookselling trade, and CABS does a great deal to foster and support this. So, what makes CABS so great? There are many dimensions to it. *Faculty* When people outside the trade asked me what I was doing in Colorado Springs this week,…

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CABS Report: Mike Brenner, Brenner Books

August 31, 2016
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“A short discourse on the fundamental benefits of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for those persons engaged in the commerce and compiling of all printed and other matter that collectively is commonly known as the ‘Book Trade’” or,   “How a Week in Newport in the Rockies Made Me a Better Bookseller”. Ok, clever titling aside, (and the humor doesn’t get any better I’m afraid), I wanted to take a moment to share what I got out of CABS. Paul Shelly, a new friend and colleague from Edmonton, did a terrific job of detailing what this year’s seminarians experienced this past…

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CABS Report: Edward Markiewicz, Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts

August 31, 2016
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CABS Report: Edward Markiewicz, Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts

It is time to unbuckle my seatbelt after an exhilarating week at the 2016 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. My attendance at the seminar can only be described through a litany of superlative accolades on how intellectually stimulating and educationally beneficial the experience was for me and my 52 classmates. The record level of attendance attests to not only the growing professional reputation of the Seminar, but as a testament to the health and vibrancy of the book industry. The broad diversity of the attendance included brick and mortar booksellers, online booksellers (as well as hopefuls in both those categories), collectors,…

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Shop Cat – Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company

August 31, 2016
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As told by Blake to Colleen Barrett, Cataloguer Blake joined the staff of the Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company (PRB&M), an antiquarian bookstore in northeast Philly, in late 2011. This loveable tabby cat had big paws to fill as her predecessor Sessa had many admirers, his own email address, and even his own division of the business: “SessaBks,” which continues to offer good used, “medium rare,” and simply serendipitous stock complementing our core early books of Europe & the Americas. After much thought, PRB&M’s proprietors Cynthia Buffington and David Szewczyk decided to name her after the English poet, painter,…

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On the Importance of Antiquarian Book Fairs

August 31, 2016
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On the Importance of Antiquarian Book Fairs

I would like to take a moment to talk about antiquarian book fairs: what they are; who attends them; where they have been and where they are going; why they are important; and how I as a bookseller fit into all this. My hope is that this will provide a touchstone for various groups: those who are unfamiliar with book fairs should be able to read this, understand their purpose, and decide whether they are interested in visiting one; those who have shopped at book fairs before should learn a few handy tips to make their next fair more enjoyable…

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Serendipity in Bookselling – Tim Doyle

February 28, 2016
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The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “serendipity” as: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” The word has just celebrated its 262nd birthday, having been coined by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann, dated 28 January 1754. Walpole built his neologism on the name of a land in a Persian fairy tale from Amir Khusrau’s Hasht-Bihisht of 1302. For an interesting discussion of this, see Dr. Oliver Tearle’s “A Short History of the Word ‘Serendipity‘.” The key role that the concept of serendipity can play in book buying and selling is well-illustrated by…

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Book Blogging: Don’t Do What I Do – Rachel Jagareski

February 28, 2016
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Book Blogging: Don’t Do What I Do  – Rachel Jagareski

In 2007, I started blogging. I wanted to have a blog associated with our bookstore, but first wanted to test-drive the blogosphere and work the kinks out with a personal blog. My husband Dan had recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease requiring folks to avoid eating wheat, barley, and rye for the rest of their lives. In Dan’s case, his symptoms reversed after being on a gluten-free diet for several months, though retooling our pantry, dining out and learning how to cook and bake without wheat flour proved to be a real pain in the ileum. I…

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Embracing the Unexpected – Joe Perlman

February 27, 2016
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Embracing the Unexpected  – Joe Perlman

The following article was originally published in the Summer 2008 issue of The Standard. One of the best things about being in the used book business is that you never know what to expect. When you get up in the morning, you can never predict what the day will bring. Usually, the first thing I do when I get out of bed is check my e-mail for orders that came in overnight. Earlier this year I noticed a pattern that most of the orders were coming in at the beginning of the week. By Thursday, the orders slowed down to…

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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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