Series: Spring 2000 (Vol. I, No. 1)

From the President

The Way I See It “Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose…” -Janis Joplin All right, I admit it. As an independent bookseller in today’s marketplace, sometimes I wonder how much more I can lose. Being self-employed…

Bibliography for Beginners: Part 1 References

Bibliography is the study of books as material objects. One father of modern bibliography, Sir Walter Greg, referred to it further as “the science of transmission of literary documents. As booksellers, bibliography takes on other aspects, including the description of…

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.…

A Founder’s View – A Personal Opinion

  Getting my vision of IOBA off the ground has been a long, arduous, and sometimes painful project. I had a vision but did not have the necessary skills and knowledge to handle all of the technical aspects. I feel…

Bookselling on the Internet

After having been in the book business for nearly 40 years and having written for years about book collecting, this is the first time we have been asked to write something that is just for dealers. It is our pleasure…

A Conversation with Advance Book Exchange (ABE)

First of a projected series on the various bookselling services. We interviewed Cathy Waters, one of the principals of the Advanced Book Exchange and Judy Kam their Director of Marketing at the ABE offices on the second floor of a…

Committee Reports

The Board Report IOBA is set up to be a smooth running and efficient forum and process for receiving member originated ideas and inputs and implementing the necessary legalities and organizational decisions. In theory. Committees receive and conceive of new…