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Books About Bookselling: The Bookseller’s Apprentice

July 1, 2008
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Books About Bookselling: The Bookseller’s Apprentice

Anyone who has gone to Boston to look for rare books in this century will have memories of Goodspeed’s Book Shop.

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Adventures with a Binder

July 1, 2008
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Adventures with a Binder

I recently journeyed to the Charles Matthews Bindery in Los Angeles to participate in a basic book repair class followed by some tips on restoration. It turned out to be a book autopsy, however, followed by major reconstructive surgery. Incredibly informative, very helpful and a lot of fun.

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The Hard Way

April 15, 2008
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Hard drive failure: it's never fun.

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Insurance for Bookdealers

April 15, 2008
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I decided a while ago that it was time to reconsider what I was doing with insurance for the company and began collecting information on the various options. One of my first paths was to post a request to the two book listserv groups that I follow the most closely, seeking recommendations (or warnings) from others. I also asked a number of specific dealers who I knew approached such matters with considerable care and forethought. I received a *lot* of responses. (N.B. A fair bit of what follows is sort of Insurance 101, but I received a number of requests…

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Book Hunter Press

April 15, 2008
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(An update by Susan Siegel, co-author and publisher of the Used Book Lover’s Guides, the series of seven regional guides to 8,000 used book dealers in the United States and Canada.) Just as the Internet has dramatically changed the business of buying and selling used books, the computer has also changed the way Book Hunter Press delivers the information contained in the Used Book Lover’s Guides to its target audience: traveling bibliophiles. First published in 1993 as travel guides for book lovers who enjoyed browsing used bookstores, and kept up to date with new editions and annual print supplements, beginning…

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Really Useful Phone List

April 15, 2008
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As always please forward changes or additions or removals. - 123-pix.com 800-747-2699 - Abebooks.com USA and Canada 800-315-5335 / other 250-475-6013 / 250-475-7575 / UK 44-211-7117069-40 sellertech@abebooks.com - ABooksearch.com 831-728-4881 - Alibris.com 877-254-2747 / 510-594-4573 / 510-652-2403 / 510-594-4500 / 207-894-8460 / Seller Services 510-594-4509 - Amazon.com Seller Support 1-877-251-0696/US and Canada: (800) 201-7575/206-346-2992 / 206-266-2992 / 206-266-2335 / 206-266-1000 reports@amazon.com / stop-spoofing@amazon.com - Barnes & Noble Seller Relations 866-897-1763 / sellerrelations@bookquest.com - Biblio.com 800-813-9432 / 828-350-0744 - Bibliophile Mailing List / Bibliophilegroup.com (MX)(52-664)609-6667 - BidPay.com 800-350-5852 - ChrisLands.com 703-989-1557 - ChooseBooks.com 1-888-896-2087 / 1-607-277-8055 info@choosebooks.com - eBay.com 408-558-7400 /…

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The Pros and Cons of Amazon.com for Buyers and Sellers

September 3, 2007
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Chris Volk, IOBA President

This is the third in a series of articles taking a brief look at the pros and cons of the various multi-dealer book-listing databases. The first and second in the series looked at AbeBooks.com and Alibris.com and can be found in the two previous issues of the IOBA Standard. This article takes a look at Amazon.com, the largest and in many ways the most important internet bookselling site. Amazon’s commitment to “branding” and to creating a significant presence on the net resulted in years of losses, but it also created a name that has become a household word. For most…

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Book Repair: Revelations, Decisions, and Disclosures

September 3, 2007
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Ellen Firsching Brown

I recently did something I never thought I would do: I tore a book to shreds. When my children were little, they routinely received harsh punishments for this sort of behavior. What brought me to commit such an act of destruction? It was not a fit of rage or any form of mental breakdown. It was an assignment for a class in book repair. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to study book making and repair. Along with my fellow attendees, I shuddered at the thought of ruining a perfectly good book. I nervously sliced into the…

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Book Review: Books, Friends, and Bibliophilia by Anton Gerits

September 23, 2006
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Book Review:  Books, Friends, and Bibliophilia by  Anton Gerits

Books, Friends, and Bibliophilia: Reminiscences of an Antiquarian Bookseller, by Anton Gerits. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2004.  Anton Gerits’ reminiscences start off on a very personal level. His was a rather awkward childhood, filled with youthful soul searching that blossomed into a permanent state of introspection. From the introduction, “there were painful memories of mistakes, of selfish acts, of all kinds of unhappy incidents that had caused old sorrow and guilt that I had carefully buried in my mind and that now came to the surface once more.” Not what I am used to in booksellers, particularly of…

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