Series: Spring 2004 (Vol V, No. 1)

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 and an unanswered question

Q. Who knows where I can find a list of the countries that DO NOT accept global priority mail? I’m getting quite a few international orders these days and it’s always a moment of truth at the counter when I find…

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…

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…

BookWriter Professional: Flagship Software for Booksellers

BookWriter Professional is a new application created by Tom Sawyer, co-founder of Interloc and Alibris, serving as Chief Software Engineer from 1993-2001. His past creations include BookMaster, Record Manager, BookMate, Book Prices Realized, and the UIEE data exchange format. Last…

15th NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo

From left, Julius Fast (winner of the first Edgar Award), pulp author Ann Bannon and John Norman, creator of the Gor science fiction series, are kept busy by ardent autograph-seekers.   This show just keeps getting better and bigger. I’ve…

31st Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

  The booth of the Rochester Historical Society, the fair’s sponsoring organization, was a popular stop. The sighs of relief from organizers were palpable. The 2003 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair was under new management, in a new location, and had…

A Michigan undertaker/poet deals with the humor and pathos of death

(Ed. Note: It is appropriate to take a retrospective look at Thomas Lynch’s first non-poetry book, as he is now completing his latest work, a book on Ireland. His collection of essays,The Undertaking-Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, reviewed below,…

New York Is Book Country Fair

Over 18 used and antiquarian book dealers exhibited in this year’s 25th anniversary of New York is Book Country. It is definitely a long, hard day, but reaps many rewards. With over 250,000 people attending this daylong street event, it’s…