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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.


Happy Hits

Excerpts from recent online book descriptions:

– Very Good + in god DJ. [A book on John Baptist de La Salle.]

– Slight sunfade to spine end, background color only not the words. It has faded to a light purple color and looks good still with red lettering (not faded).

– A spill stain on the cover dose no damage to the rest of book.

– Book is pretty nice, the dj is kind of ratty.

– So much beaurocratic Bla-bla that I can’t figure who the actual publisher is.

– Page 533 has chip on side of page, no words affected. The rest of book id great and this flaw is not large. The low price compensates for it.

– Spine, edges inside border of endpapers all seem to have soil from smoke.

– Hardback about very good condition (front & rear end pages torn out).

– Like New. May be shiny, in some instances dust jackets are not included, no missing pages, no damage to binding, may have a remainder mark.

– Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We’ve shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today! [Actually at four stars.]

– Not a bad copy overall, but toms of little things wrong with it. Worst fault is a brown stain from pp 64-70 top and bottom edges and in the gutters of the pages, bad on pp 66-7, from a very acid bookmark.

– ******SHOWS SIGNS OF AGING*********************.

– Ugly brown vertical streak on dedication page, neat inscription on front endpaper.


– The images are excellent but the edges of pages (in the white) look like someone with coal dust on fingers have paged the book.

– Goof Condition. [My own, thank you very much.]




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