IOBA and Chrislands Partner to Offer New Benefit

IOBA is pleased to announce a new benefit partnership with Chrislands, a provider of ecommerce websites for independent booksellers.

IOBA members wii receive $50 off the bookstore set-up fee – a savings of 25%. To qualify for this discount, a bookseller will need to

  1. Be an IOBA member
  2. Sign up for a Chrislands built bookstore,
  3. Enter “IOBA” as “How they heard” about Chrislands.

IOBA is grateful to Jaymes Sorbel, President of Chrislands, for helping our booksellers to achieve greater independence.

For more information, please visit

Chrislands is owned by AbeBooks, and AbeBooks, in turn, is owned by

Sacramento March 24th 2012 Spring Antiquarian Book Fair

From IOBA Member ( and Sacramento Spring Antiquarian Book Fair Organizer Jim Kay:

Hello Booklovers,

I am happy to announce two antiquarian book fairs in Sacramento this year. The 2012 Spring Antiquarian Book Fair to be held March 24th and the 2012 Fall Antiquarian Book Fair on September 15th. Admission to the fairs is only $5.00. Both fairs will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 “H” Street, Sacramento 95819. There is plenty of free parking on site. Food service will also be offered. You will shop 60 exhibitors, representing thousands of rare and collectible books, maps, photos, graphics, postcards and ephemeral items. Free Appraisals will be offered. Mention you saw this website and receive $1.00 off your admission. On behalf of all the exhibitors, I thank you for joining us at these exciting events. Be sure to listen for our radio ads on National Public Radio.

If you have any questions please call or email.

Jim Kay, Fair Director
Box 22913
Sacramento, CA 95822

Lots of IOBA members among the exhibitors!

New Rare Book School Scholarship

IOBA member Vic Zoshak offers a new scholarship to Rare Book School. The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity that is available to all antiquarian booksellers interested in taking Joel Silver’s course, “Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books” (L-25) to be given 23-27 July 2012 at Rare Book School in Charlottesville VA. One Tavistock Scholarship will be awarded in 2012. Preference will be given to individuals in the early stages of their careers, and to those who would not be able to attend RBS without scholarship assistance.

To apply for the Tavistock scholarship, please submit a 2012 summer application to RBS no later than 16 April 2012. In a cover letter, discuss your reasons for applying for the scholarship to attend “Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books”; please include a brief description of your work in the antiquarian book trade, financial needs, and other relevant information. While not required, a recommendation letter from an ABAA member to accompany the application would be beneficial. Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions by 30 April 2012.

Books for the Reading

by Lynn Wienck, The Chisholm Trail Bookstore

The weather has been every which way; rain with cold — the kind that when you walk in the door sopping wet steam rises from your clothes, to spring and warmer. Daylight savings takes me a couple of days to adjust to as I like to wake to daylight. It makes it easier to rise (and shine).

The Bayeux Tapestry by David M. Wilson has been started — the shrinkwrap removed and the book opened. Such wonderful photographs. Of the tapestry itself, it’s not really a tapestry, rather wool embroidery on linen, repaired since it was sewn and the rougher for wear. It’s two dimensions, but it looks like three dimensions. Across the top is Latin explaining each “scene” and at the bottom and sometimes the top is a border of other things. It certainly is alive with characters, ships, and sometimes red horses, and along the bottom Aesop’s Fables and other stuff. (For reference: Aesop 620-560 BCE) At the rear of the book, is the translation from Latin to English and an historical explanation of the scenes in the tapestry.

Started, finished, and twice read is Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. The tale is not about museums, libraries, nor bookstores, but all are integral to the story. It’s  in illustrations and words about two children who seek to explore their world and work with what life hands them. It’s a fast read, but a slow think.

I like museums. There’s a nice natural history museum about 75 miles up the road. Sometimes, I go and look at the dinosaurs or the travelling exhibits. Last time I went there was an exhibit on the art of New Guinea. New Guinea is an island, a large island, off Australia. The New Guinea art is primitive and vibrant and unique: masks and all. Did time stand still somewhere?

While it was raining, I made a trip to the theatre for “John Carter” which was marvelous space opera. I’ve never read any of the Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and can’t begin to tell you if the film followed the book. “Princess of Mars” was the basis for the film according to the credits. The scenery (which I think is Utah with the Colorado pea-green River cutting through the red-orange rocks) is stunning.

I’m still trying to rise (and shine) here. Heck, I’ll settle for rising.

Meet Kara McLaughlin, IOBA Education Chair

Kara is the most recent entrant in the Fine Books Blog series on ‘Bright Young Things’

“Our series profiling the next generation of antiquarian booksellers continues today with Kara McLaughlin, proprietor of Little Sages in Cooper City, Florida. Little Sages will be exhibiting at its first book fair this weekend at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg.”

Bookman’s Log Reports on the WABF

Greg Gibson, IOBA Membership Chair, reports on the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair:

“Setup was smooth, the buying average (best purchase was the account book of a doctor who furnished medicine chests to ships), sales “met expectations.” Crowds good, security lax (at least one book was reported stolen), and worst of all, there was a shortage of wastebaskets on the book fair floor!

“This was always a strong regional fair, and it continues so, though cracks are beginning to show. A few dealers dropping out, and the same crowd in attendance year after year.”

Read more, with pictures, here:

Washington Book Fair Report

A number of other IOBA dealers were exhibiting too; as a visitor, I enjoyed meeting them and being able to put more names (and inventory!) to faces.

Welcome to the NEW!

If you are reading this, you know that, after a long period of anticipation and preparation, the new and improved website is now live.

As functional as it is attractive, the new site as developed by Mika Babcock and his team at Foreseeing Solutions has several exciting new features. Some are visible, and some are behind the curtain. Let us introduce you:

Member Profiles

Each bookseller now has the ability – and the responsibility – to edit their own profile, including one image that can be a logo or photo, a tagline, specialties, member-to-member discount rate and terms, and a few other informative fields. The member directory, viewable by the public, includes a link to a member profile for each bookseller that reflects those inputs. The member-to-member discount page, viewable by members, reflects the member-to-member discount as entered by each bookseller. This is all driven by a custom database; updates made by each bookseller are effective immediately. Search

Every page of the new website now includes a search box linked to IOBA Books; at the top on the home page, at the bottom elsewhere. When editing their member profile, participating booksellers can enter their IOBAbooks dealer ID. Once that bit (or byte) of data is provided the IOBAbooks search box will be shown on the publicly viewable member profile, and searches that specific bookseller’s listings on IOBAbooks.


Within the next day or two, each member will receive an email generated by the site with a username and temporary password. (Please note that the old global username/password will not work here, wait for the email from Initial log-in will prompt for a user-defined password and security question/answer. Once completed, the new Member Area consists of member profile options front and center, with member-only page links to the right. Members are urged to edit their “bookseller profile,” this is the profile data that in turn populates the member profile including the member-specific IOBA search and the discount page. The username is assigned by the site; you may also want to change this to something easily remembered. In the eventual case that you forget your username or password, the log-in page now includes links to reset, leading again to an “initial” log-in.


We would like to thank first the members of IOBA for their patience and understanding while waiting for this new site to become available. Thanks also go to Rayburn Taylor, former IOBA member and web developer, who developed and supported the original site for many years. To Mark Gaulding, the previous Internet Committee Chair, who developed a clear and comprehensive set of goals for a new site. Finally, thanks to Mika Babcock of Foreseeing Solutions for developing the new site while the volunteer staff at IOBA shifted roles and slowly responded to development issues that needed resolution. It must be a challenge to be a full-time professional developer serving a many-headed volunteer organization.

Problems / Questions / Suggestions

Please send email regarding any problems, suggestions, inconsistencies found, etc. to webmaster at

Robert Stenzel
IOBA Internet Committee Chair and Member at Large