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The IOBA Standard is the journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association and covers the book world, with a special focus on the online used, out-of-print, and collectible bookselling markets.



ANNOUNCEMENT (courtesy of Susan Siegel, BookHunter Press) Meet a 14-year-old book collector on C-SPAN’s Book-TV: September 14th, 8am and 12:00 noon (EDT)

The two part Book-TV segment will include a video of the presentation the teenager, Basie Gitlin, gave at a Connecticut public library on the different types of books he collects and his views on how children’s fiction and non-fiction books have changed over the years. He also discusses why he usually prefers the older ones. There is also an interview with Basie in his home.

Basie has been collecting books since he was 10 and estimates that he currently has over 2,000 books in his collection.

Editor’s Note: Nice to know about this–that there is younger generation of readers and collectors! :>)



Looking for a cost and time effective option for professional bookseller training? David Gregor will be offering his intensive weekend formats in the following cities during the remainder of 2002:

Seattle WA August 10 & 11 Denver CO September 14 & 15 Seattle WA November 2 & 3 Santa Monica CA November 9 & 10

In his Strategic Bookselling Workshop program, the 15 year industry veteran presents such concepts about the used book trade as the 12 truths for increasing profitability, the importance of branding, along with strategies and ideas for growing a book business in our ever changing Internet economy. This multimedia course includes a 100-page workbook and access to future updates on the billion dollar used book business.

Additionally, David’s Book Collecting for Fun & Profit offers in this all day event numerous basic aspects of book collecting from both the buyer and sellers perspectives. The course explores such ideas as what makes a book collectible, industry terminology, how to purchase and care for your books, standards for condition and descriptions, and how to identify first editions.

Through this nationally presented seminar, as outlined in his televised CSPAN BookTV lecture on book collecting, David Gregor has helped to train over a thousand book collectors, booksellers, librarians and their staffs.

Tuition includes an 80-page workbook, a year’s subscription to Firsts Magazine and a first identification booklet.

Space in both programs is limited and pre-registration is required. You can register by calling 206/937-6223 or visit for more details, costs and available discounts.



It’s time again to mark your calendars for the 2002 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair held next to Key Arena in the Seattle Center Pavilion, on October 12th & 13th, 2002.

Make sure to note the new times for the fair, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm, so as not to miss any of this premier antiquarian event.

Your $5 admission–good for both days–gains you access to the largest and most prestigious book fair in the Northwest, counting some of the most important dealers in North America among its exhibitors from Canada and across the United States. For this one weekend, the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair will be the largest and best “used, rare and collectible” bookstore on the West Coast, offering for sale thousands of remarkable items on a thousand subjects of interest, as well as maps, prints and autographs.

As in years past, the Book Club of Washington will host the pre-fair dinner, but this year the Friday, October 11th event will be held at the Executive Inn Best Western. Our guest speaker will be Deloris Tarzan Ament, author of “Iridescent Light the Emergence of Northwest Art.” Her most recent University of Washington Press publication discusses the work and personalities of The Northwest School, and is richly illustrated with photographs by Mary Randlett, highlighting such talents as Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, and Guy Anderson.

Keep abreast of the exhibitors and their unique offerings by visiting the SABF website: Or, for more information about the dinner with Deloris Tarzan Ament and the book fair, please contact Louis Collins at 206/323-3999 or

2001 Seattle Book Fair


Fort Worth Book & Paper Show

The Basics

What: 9th Annual Fort Worth Book & Paper Show When: September 28- 29 (Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4) Where: Will Rogers Complex, Amon Carter Exhibits Hall Central Texas Room Sponsored by: North Texas Booksellers Association

You can get the application and information at the association website with a quick click of a mouse. If you have more questions, email Ken Hobbs at BTW, one of the best things about the room where we have the show is that you can drive right up to your space. No lugging boxes from a distance!

Authors and Appraisals

John Graves and several other authors have agreed to sign either Saturday or Sunday. We are still lining up authors and we will keep the website updated for everyone to know who will be there and when. This was a big hit last year. We hope it will generate an even bigger turn out this year.

Another feature that we’re bringing back from last year is the Appraisal Area. Brian Perkins Sr. as agreed to do the appraisals again this year. Brian says he had a lot of fun last year. He hope that there will be more folks bringing interesting books for him to look at.

More Important Information

Where to stay? Check the website! Actually, the Ramada Inn Midtown which is the closest hotel to the show has given the association special rates for Friday, Saturday & sunday nights. There is all the information and phone numbers on the exhibitors page that links from the book show page. There are other hotels listed also, but only the Ramada Inn has given us a discount.

If you are in North Texas ( loosely defined), you can join the association and receive a members discount as well. Those who are not in the area, you may join as associate ( non-voting) members.Again, the paperwork is available on the website or contact Mike Utt at for more information. After 7/1, only the members discount applies for the show.

We hope you will join us at the 9th Annual Fort Worth Book & Paper Show. Get your paperwork in before the discounts are over!


Kelly Chandler , President North Texas Booksellers Association

email: voice: 817-926-8208 web:


Santa Monica International Book Print and Autograph Fair

American Book Fairs announces the Santa Monica International Book Print and Autograph Fair (1855 Main St., Santa Monica, California) to be held on Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, September 29th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm., at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Admission is $6, good for both days. Easy access to parking. Children under twelve are admitted without charge. Contact Denise Gottlieb at: Phone: 480/860-2400 or FAX: 480/451-8070, for more information, or go to:

Special IOBA Newsletter Discount

Order any of the following Used Book Lover’s Guides by September 30, 2002 and Save an additional 10% on top of the regular quantity discounts. (See below for ordering information.)


Featured on Book-TV The Book Hunter’s Bible   (Amer. Booksellers Assn.)

The Used Book Lover’s Guides

By David S. and Susan SiegelThe only comprehensive and continuously updated guides, in print or online, to more than 8,000 used, out-of-print and antiquarian book dealers in the United States and Canada.

  1. Discover the best book dealers for YOUR kind of books

  2. Learn where the bookstores are, when they’re open and how to get to them.

  3. Savor the Thrill of the Hunt

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  1. Use the online Order Form on the Book Hunter Press web page (

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  3. Send a check to Book Hunter Press, PO Box 193, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Remember to mention this IOBA Newsletter when you place your order so that your Special IOBA 10% Discount is deducted from the total when the order is processed.

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