Series: Winter 2002 (Vol. III, No. 4)

Six Crises and a Challenge

Among those who post regularly on the message boards of the various booksellers’ communities that I frequent, it is safe to say that the company Amazon.com and its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos are somewhat unpopular. While this phenomenon is…

The More Things Change . . . Where we have been and where we are going in the Online Book Worl

(Keynote Speech from the Summer 2002 Colorado Book Seminar) First, the beginnings – at least for me. By the time this particular day rolled around in late October, 1978, about a week before Halloween, I had been buying and selling…

Neglected Treasures – Overlooked writers and books

Part of the fun of being a bookseller is the never-ending opportunity to learn more about books and writers. I consider myself especially fortunate as a seller of used books to have such a wide world of material from which…

Neglected Americana: The Woman’s Rights Movement

Relics of revolutions are avidly collected— uniforms, bullets, swords, guns, and propaganda, are carefully preserved. Until recently, however, relics of one of the most sweeping revolutions, the social revolution in women’s rights that culminated in the suffrage struggles of the…

Britannica 11

Even in these days of fast internet access to all sorts of arcane information, when you can “Google” just about anything, there is a print-and-paper reference work that retains its dusty luster and a fierce band of loyal adherents. This…

Give Me That Old-Time Religion” or, Finding Your Way through the Maze of American Christian Publications

I read only reference books. Or so I say when asked if I still am a book reader when others discover that we have collected our way into a full-time book business. Perhaps I should say that these books, here,…

Mystery Reference Shelf or Two

Mystery and detective fiction is probably more popular today than at any time in its history, including the so-called Golden Age in the 1920s and 30s. I’ve tried to aim this list at generalist dealers who might want more information…

Ephemeral Assays—The Good Book

So much for the classical origins of ephemera. What does the term mean for us here and now in the opening years of the new millennium? For some basic paper training, one could begin appropriately enough with a published source…