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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.


Summer 2005 (Vol. VI, No. 2)

Table of Contents

  • Interview: Peter Thomas of

  • IOBA Q & A Column

  • Do Your Books Smell Their Best?

  • Ephemeral Assays: Genealogical Ephemera

  • Dan Glaeser Books, Modesto, CA

  • Lessons Learned – Life in the Book Business

  • (title goes here…)


IOBA Q & A Column

Q. I’ve been looking for ways to supplement the low sales recently. Is there any market for book searches and if so, what kind of fees do you charge? What are the mechanics – i.e. collect fee up front

Do Your Books Smell Their Best?

“Customers will buy our books to read them” was just one of our naive assumptions when we began selling books. We also believed that we could make a lot of money selling books and that there really wa


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