Series: Summer 2013 (Vol. XIII, No. 2)

From the (Guest) Editor

Welcome to the second issue of The Standard for 2013, and my inaugural turn as guest editor! I’d like to thank Chris Volk and Howard Prouty for inviting me to edit this issue. It’s been a pleasure and privilege working…

Books Are Still Alive and Well

In recent years, the online bookseller forums have been buzzing with the message that books are dead (or dying at least), that e-books will make printed books obsolete, and that no one is reading anyhow! Before giving in to the…

From On-Line to Selling at Antiquarian Book Fairs

with Lee Kirk, Ken Karmiole, and Nancy Johnson We asked several IOBA members for their perspectives on selling at book fairs. The focus of this article is not on the large international and member only trade association fairs, but on…

Book Selling at Antique Malls

with Lee Kirk, Gayle Williamson, and Sharon Eisenberg So as part of this month’s theme of alternate selling venues for online book sellers, I thought it would be interesting to do a piece on selling in antique malls. Over the years…

Book Selling at Genre Conventions

“Fandom” is a term that certain science fiction fans use to describe themselves, and conventions are where fandom congregates to indulge their mutual interest in the genre and meet some of the authors and artists (the “pros”) who make it…

2013 IOBA Scholarship Announcement

The IOBA Scholarship Committee reviewed a number of worthy applications this year, and we have two very deserving winners.  Before getting to that, though, just a few words about the scholarships. As those who have been keeping up with announcements…

Bungalow Books – Pueblo, Colorado

My name is Mike Tuck, and I’m the owner of Bungalow Books in Pueblo, Colorado. I’ve been in business since 2001, the same year I joined the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). I sell primarily online, but I also exhibit…

Squid Ink Books – Tucson, Arizona

Some personal background I was always an avid reader: fiction, science fiction, natural history, dinosaurs, and on and on. I grew up in a dirty and dull steel mill town in southern Illinois, and was an introverted nerd with my…

Warwick Books, South Pasadena, California

An old college buddy, a closet book collector, recently asked me how I got started in the bookselling business. I surprised myself by pulling out book memories I didn’t know I had. One of the vivid ones was the fun…