Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

Thoughts on a Friends Passing – Leonard W. Lanfranco

  People will gather in George Rogers Park, the lower level, around 11:30 the morning of Friday, May 10, 2002. The park is located on the western end of Lake Oswego, between the lake and the Williamette River, in the…

Keeping Track Of A Changing Marketplace

Current Trends in the Used Book Market By Susan Siegel Book Hunter Press Back in 1992 when David and I started Book Hunter Press, building a database of used book dealers was fairly straightforward. Dealers generally fit neatly into three…

Day in the Life: The Wall of Unavailability

I am in the habit of getting up in the mornings, making the coffee and checking my email. This particular morning there was an enquiry – not an order – an enquiry. It looked innocent enough. I had described the…

December 2001 : IOBA Seminar Report from Attendees

The IOBA seminar on identifying first editions was held at Vic Zoschak’s shop in Alameda last fall. It was free of charge to IOBA members and to any interested folks in the area who could attend. A lucky few turned…

Regarding Black Writers & Literature

Q: One of your specialties is Black literature. How/why did you choose this area to specialize in? A: I had both personal reasons and what I like to think are practical business reasons. The civil rights movement was very active…

Fear and Loathing in a Small Town P.O.

As with many of us, I was a book reader first, then a book collector. Then I decided to enter the wonderful world of on-line bookselling, which seemed ideal for me: I could learn the trade in my spare hours…

A Short History of Paperbacks

Along with many other products of our culture, paperbacks have become a very active area for collecting. This article gives a short history of this quite interesting artifact, and a very brief overview of what collectors in the category generally…

The Out-of-Print and Antiquarian Book Market Seminar

  The Boot Camp for Booksellers opened on Sunday evening on the fifth of August at the beautiful Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs. After giving a warm welcome, Director Mike Ginsberg introduced the faculty. The two scholarship recipients for this…