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Book Reviews The Art of the Book & Beauty and the Book

The Art of the Book: A Review of Some Recent European and American Work in Typography, Page Decoration and Binding, by Charles Holme. London: The Studio, 1914. Beauty and the Book: Fine Editions and Cultural Distinction in America, by Megan…

Do Your Books Smell Their Best?

“Customers will buy our books to read them” was just one of our naive assumptions when we began selling books. We also believed that we could make a lot of money selling books and that there really was a Santa…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. I’ve been looking for ways to supplement the low sales recently. Is there any market for book searches and if so, what kind of fees do you charge? What are the mechanics – i.e. collect fee up front or…

Beautifying the Tattered Book Jacket Cover

Your valuable just-purchased book has a tattered dust jacket with tears, chips, rips, and parts missing. You’re tempted to throw it away, but after reading this article I hope you’ll do what I do and not discard any dust jacket,…

Trade Names

  “Book Miser” is a trade name that I purchased in 1993, when I entered the business. In addition to paying for inventory, a lease and furnishings, a significant amount of money was paid for the intangibles-the trade name and…

New Price Guide for Paperbacks Available

Graham Holroyd’s new price guide for paperbacks, Paperback Prices and Checklist, fills a real need for collectors and booksellers. The initial printing of 5000 copies should sell out in a hurry, since no similar guide exists and the only previous similar…

The Alibris Pricing Tool

Few booksellers have made as big an impact on online selling as Richard Weatherford. A former professor who began his bookselling career in 1972 and who co-founded Seattle’s Bowie & Weatherford, Booksellers, Richard went on to start Interloc, a seller-to-seller…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. This will probably strike the more technically hip out there as a dumb question, but what is a “cookie” in computer language? I talked to a guy who does tech support and he told me that one of the…

So you want to be a bookseller?

There are two areas of focus when you’ve made that plunge into the life of bookseller; one is “How do I source my stock” and the other is “How can I determine how much of that stock I will sell”.…