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.

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

A New IOBA Membership Benefit

DeWitt Stern in partnership with The Independent Online Booksellers’ Association (IOBA) is proud to offer an exclusive web-based insurance program specifically for dealers and collectors of rare books. Originally offered only to members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, the program is now open to all IOBA members located in the United States and their collectors. The program provides competitive pricing and superior coverage from Berkley Asset Protection, an insurance company with the highest financial strength rating and expertise in working with clients involved in the rare book industry. The website ( launched in February 2011 and is the only product of its kind that offers the ability to apply for quote, purchase a policy and receive policy documents in less than ten minutes if the necessary information is provided. Further information can be found on the website or by contacting a representative via email at or by calling 1-888-374-1899.

DeWitt Stern is a family owned insurance brokerage that has been involved in the insuring of fine arts, rare books and rare/valuable items for over 100 years. Our offices in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California enable us to provide comprehensive insurance solutions and risk management advice to client across the United States and around the world.