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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.


Spring 2004 (Vol V, No. 1)

Table of Contents

  • What’s your best price?

  • Editor’s Swan Song & Announcement of New Editor(s)

  • eBay Bookselling

  • Campaign to Amend USA Patriot Act Grows

  • Advance Look at 2004’s Big Bookselling Story: Amend Section 215 of the Patriot Act

  • Buying And Selling Autographed Books – Past, Present & Future

  • Safe shopping on eBay?

  • Ain’t No Gold In Them There Hills – Book Buying in Appalachia

  • New Age Book Sellers

  • Things You Don’t Know Can Cramp Your Style

  • Searching for Ulysses in Greek Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation

  • Current Stats for Used Book Market

  • Libraries I Have Known and Loved

  • Forgotten Americana – The Women’s Suffrage Movement

  • Ephemeral Assays: George the First

  • Setting Up Your Own Internet Book Store

  • Touring the Library of Congress

  • Samuel T. Freeman’s Catalog: Pros/Cons of CD vs. Print Version

  • The Alibris Pricing Tool

  • IOBA Q & A Column and an unanswered question

  • New Price Guide for Paperbacks Available

  • Trade Names

  • BookWriter Professional: Flagship Software for Booksellers

  • 15th NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo

  • 31st Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

  • A Michigan undertaker/poet deals with the humor and pathos of death

  • New York Is Book Country Fair

  • Seattle Fair Continues Success in a Tough Economy and Looks to Future Additions

  • 19th Annual Denver Book Fair

  • Fall 2003 MARIAB Book Fair: Making a Regional Fair Work

  • Sacramento Book Fair

  • Pasadena Book Fair

  • The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide To Choosing Your Tattoo

  • 25th Annual Colorado Book Market Seminar

  • Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute


  • Burke’s Dave Robicheaux Chases Demons Down Purple Cane Road

  • Walter Mosley, Sharan Newman And Monterey, Too! That’s What Left Coast Crime 2004 Promises

  • Book Deodorizer

  • Changes at, Inc.

  • Rozan’s Winter and Night WinsTop 2003 Macavity Mystery Award

  • Hijacking Elvis Cole & Joe Pike Is a Crime, Claims Popular Mystery Author Robert Crais

  • New Features at

  • Books & Collectibles Updated Services

  • Celebrates First Anniversary and continues to expand services

  • Global Book Mart: New Fee Schedule in 2004


Editor’s Swan Song & Announcement of New Editor(s)

Well, here we are…. finally. Sorry this issue is so terribly late-there were a few (well, okay, a whole bunch) of delays in getting our insurance finalized at IOBA and The Standard couldn’t go live ag

What’s your best price?

Whenever the subject of discount comes up in a bookseller discussion group, back come a wonderful range of opinions and advice. Most of it being the ‘it works for me’ variety, but of such a mixed mess

eBay Bookselling

When any business changes, and the used/rare/antiquarian book market has changed dramatically over the last decade, everybody seems to be pointing fingers at everyone else. The terms “fraud”, “forgery


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