Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

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…

Ephemeral Assays: Jumpin’ Jehovah

  Organizations often produce very dry and seemingly worthless records and publications. I remember an early book show where my young daughter and I felt sorry for the woman next to our four table spread, as she only filled up…

Interview with Paul Mills of AuctionExplorerBooks

What is AuctionExplorerBooks, in a nutshell? AuctionExplorerBooks is an on-line auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of-print books. Only booksellers who are members of the major trade associations may become sellers. This is to give buyers confidence…

Anyone for the Forsythe Saga?

A quick scan of search sites reveals that 537 people can’t spell “Tolkien.” (And a further 58 can’t spell “Hobbit.”) “The Forsythe Saga” notches up another 129 errors. Does it matter? We all make typos from time to time, but…

“Yet More Bookworm Droppings

Book Store Lore “Yet More Bookworm Droppings” by Stuart Manley Back in the sixties, in an earlier life, I used to work night shift in a telephone exchange. For our younger readers, in these days of mobile phones, 3G and…

A Moving Experience: Abracadabra Bookshop

Before getting into the book business, I taught Colorado & Western American History at a local college. I couldn’t help noticing that every time there was a budget crunch, they laid off faculty members (never administrators!). This did not give…

Ephemeral Assays: Photo Finish

I’ve always had mixed feelings about thoroughbred flat track and steeplechase racing. Many of the horses probably like it on some level, but they get hurt and killed too (though others retire to the greenest of all pastures). It seems…