Category: Toolbox

General tools and information for bookselling, clip worthy

American Indian Authors & Literature

In the summer of 1977, I was taking classes in a writing program at Goddard College, a small school in the Vermont woods where Raymond Carver was teaching before he became famous and Richard Ford was one of Carver’s students.…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. I have a 1905 copy of BLACK BEAUTY with a nicely illustrated cover. I think I see the initials “DD” intertwined near lover edge. Is this the mark of a book illustrator I should know about? A. The intertwined…

the IOBA/ABE Search

Independent Online Bookseller Association members still have the opportunity to signup for IOBA’s book search program. Participation is limited to IOBA members in good standing who are listed on ABE. The program will launch shortly after the first of the…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. Would a member be kind enough to explain to me what a “Fourth Printing Before Publication” means (as noted in a copy of Andersonville). A. The publisher did a first printing of xx copies, for a book which was…

Professionalism

If your book description is the sign that gets the customer in the door, then your Terms of Sale make up the front desk where you complete the transaction. This is the place that can make or break the deal.…

IOBA Q & A Column

We are starting a new feature in this issue — a book related, hopefully educational, Question and Answer column. We will publish three Questions and answers in each issue. Your questions are welcome, and can be directed to: Jean McKenna,…

Bookselling on the Internet: On Writing Descriptions

The Importance of Dust Jackets Dust jackets (or dustwrappers) were used occasionally from the middle of the 19th century. They became more common in the last few decades of that century and books from that period in jackets are collected…

The Pros and Cons of Using Abbreviations

Standard abbreviations have always been used by booksellers to describe out-of-print books. The question is, do we continue using the same standard abbreviations on the internet? The internet has certainly changed the way we do business, and as the internet…

An Online-Auction Primer for Booksellers

The main advantage for booksellers in having at least a tangential connection to the Wild West world of online auctions is that most booksellers specialize, some very narrowly, and yet stock comes from disparate sources and always varies in quality.…