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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.


Note from the Editor

Shirley Bryant

This is quite an exciting issue, to me. We have the development of a wonderful new (and easy) way to show our books on the web and increase our customer base, several new and fascinating articles to add to our reference department ranging from mysteries to religious works to a new online Americana reference service to the Brittanica 11 to an exploration of Mark Hofmann’s forgeries. We have coverage of several book fairs, and announcements from and interviews with several commercial book databases and book seminars. Plus, our first ever interview of a book collector—there is much for us to learn from the “other side of the street.” We also have author/book reviews: one on Texas history and the other a darkly comic look at family life. We continue the series on ephemera, start a series on woman’s suffrage, learn about Lost World books and authors, explore the works of some neglected writers and illustrators, and we get some good advice on bookselling and the internet from one of our own who is also an author, from IOBA’s president, and from the text of the keynote speech at the CO Book Seminar. We also get to “meet” the developer of an upload service that saves its users much time and sanity.

Of course we have more of Godsey’s Ravings, and we have our informative Q&A section. Finally, we learn about the talented people behind and the services of a couple of the meta-search sites.

All in all, enough to keep you reading for some time.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and I wish you all good sales and/or collecting, a great Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year — and peace for all in our world.

Shirley Bryant

P.S. Take a look at our new classified ad pages . We’ve just started this program and you’ll only see ads right now from IOBA members, but it is open to all booksellers and collectors.



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