Series: Spring 2005 (Vol. VI, No. 1)

28th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair,

The 28th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, November 19-21, 2004, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA On Saturday, November 20, 2004 I attended my first antiquarian book fair. As a voracious reader, compulsive collector, and fledgling online bookseller, with dreams…

Ephemeral Assays – Jane Jackets

Mary C. Jane, children’s author. I certainly never heard of her before. Ms. Jane is a little difficult to Google up because the name is so common, but eventually we find the trail in a Maine Writers Index. “Mary Childs…

Updated Edition of Children’s & Illustrated Books Price Guide & Bibliographic Check List from 1880-1970

Lee Baumgarten has updated the 1996 edition of his book and in the process has almost doubled its size from 10,405 to 18,150 entries. The date range has been extended to 1970 and there are 3,446 titles in the period…

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,…

BookWriter Professional: An Interview with Thomas A. Sawyer

MP: Tom, what’s different about BookWriter Professional? Why would a bookseller be interested in this program? TS: A number of reasons, but if I had to choose one aspect it would be the program’s prime directive of “empowering” a bookseller.…

A Comprehensive Guide to Book Listing Sites

Buying and selling books on the web is becoming ever more complex, with a bewildering range of sites available, all with different strengths, weaknesses and charges. This guide is an attempt to give clear summaries of each site. From the…

Why I Belong to the IOBA

In the quiet darkness of a late fall night, circa 1923, my grandfather Charlie and his family packed their belongings and quietly left Birmingham, England. Times were not good in Birmingham for union organizers and efforts to bring a reasonable…

The History of Abracadabra Bookshop

I went into the book business after having taught at a local college for a number of years and having seen that the future looked bleak. Faculty were being cut and I knew there was no possibility of another job…