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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.


Terry Gibbs, Gibbs Books, Williamsville, NY

I started as a book dealer quite by accident back in the 1980s. As a collector of photography and other interesting item from Automobiles (Thunderbirds) to you name it I’ve have collected it. I have always had a passion for photography starting at an early age taking photos of what I thought was a good shot ( then finding out later it wasn’t) I don’t stand behind the camera anymore. I’ve been a collector of photography and art starting full force around 1988.

Now getting back to book dealing, I needed to fine more information on what and who I was collecting so I started buying reference books on the arts. One day I got a call from a photographer that wanted to sell off all his books and cameras, I walked into over three hundred books some technical most monographic high end editions, that day I bought all the guy had. The best way to buy book collections is to make the offer and buy it all at one time good and bad together. After that I was getting calls from other photographers, artist, lawyers for deceased book collector/dealer estates and retiring university professors. This feed my photographic and Art Collections fine but soon I had doubles edition and books that I didn’t need so I started selling books.

Then in 1997 I went on-line as a book dealer selling out of print and new photography and art books. Back then all you had to do was list it and it sold with in days, now with so many sellers and listing sites you have to be good at what you do and very patient to sell at the right price.

Something about myself , I’m a master carpenter by trade and owner of a wholesale hardware company that specializes in windows parts and insulated window glass that we sell to Housing Authorities, Commercial & Apartment companies, State and Federal properties. I no longer physically build building only doing consulting in the building energy (windows) field. I’m married to Marci my wife of 37 years. Marci is a professional photographer and artist we have one son.

I’m always available for question on photography if I can help please email me at and please go to my web site at : and take a look . If you are an photographic artist please send over your work I like to show other people’s photo art work.

Terry Gibbs T.A.Gibbs Books PO  Box 102 Williamsville, NY 14231-0102




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