Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

Neglected Americana: The Woman’s Rights Movement

Relics of revolutions are avidly collected— uniforms, bullets, swords, guns, and propaganda, are carefully preserved. Until recently, however, relics of one of the most sweeping revolutions, the social revolution in women’s rights that culminated in the suffrage struggles of the…

Neglected Treasures – Overlooked writers and books

Part of the fun of being a bookseller is the never-ending opportunity to learn more about books and writers. I consider myself especially fortunate as a seller of used books to have such a wide world of material from which…

The More Things Change . . . Where we have been and where we are going in the Online Book Worl

(Keynote Speech from the Summer 2002 Colorado Book Seminar) First, the beginnings – at least for me. By the time this particular day rolled around in late October, 1978, about a week before Halloween, I had been buying and selling…

Six Crises and a Challenge

Among those who post regularly on the message boards of the various booksellers’ communities that I frequent, it is safe to say that the company Amazon.com and its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos are somewhat unpopular. While this phenomenon is…

Collecting Lost Race Novels

  The basis of the past popularity of Lost Race novels were the novels of H. Rider Haggard, whose excellence in such classic novels as Allan Quatermain and She hundreds of lesser talents recognized as worthy of imitation. Of course, Haggard didn’t invent the…

Genuine Fakes: Mark Hoffman

“In October 1985, three bombs exploded in Salt Lake City, killing two innocent people & injuring a third, Mark Hofmann. Subsequent investigations revealed that the young documents dealer, Mark W. Hofmann, had planned and executed the bombings to cover up…

The Dickens Reference Shelf. An Annotated List.

As a Dickens specialist, I have over 6 shelves of books I use in researching Charles Dickens material. This is obviously overkill for the purposes of most booksellers, so what appears below are those that I consider the more important…