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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 2008 (Vol. IX, No. 2)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  • What Should Amazon Do with AbeBooks?

  • Problems with Amazon as an Antiquarian Seller Site

  • What Is Wrong With Today’s Amazon?

  • A Bookseller’s Tasha Tudor Remembrance

  • Robert Fisher of Echo Letterpress

  • An Open Letter To The Select Committee On Security And Consitutional Affairs, Parliament Of The Republic Of South Africa

  • Embracing the Unexpected

  • Books About Bookselling: The Bookseller’s Apprentice

  • Adventures with a Binder

  • Author Profile: Matthew Eck

  • June Gaulding and Mark Gaulding of JMVintage

  • Alan Deffenderfer of ABD Booksellers

  • Golden Books Group of Devon, U.K.

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You

  • Yard Sale Tales

  • Happy Hits

  • Literary Pilgrimages: Patchin Place

  • A passion for books but not proofreading

  • MacIntosh Books and Paper

  • Book Store Labels: Zavelle Book Stores, Philadelphia

  • Bookplates: W. B. Brandt & Co.

  • The Bookshelf of Willie Sutton



In the online bookselling Dreamtime about a decade ago, there was Interloc (the larval stage of Alibris), Bibliofind (very clean of limb), and ABE (like fresh Canadian spring water). The Bibliofind li

Problems with Amazon as an Antiquarian Seller Site

What is wrong with Amazon? This is a question that is not possible to answer with any degree of objectivity for either buyer or seller since Amazon is a megamarket for an enormous variety of goods and


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