Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

Book Selling on the Internet: Record Keeping

In the US, if IRS comes calling, you can never have too many business¬†records. I would think that this same rule would apply to all countries. When Allen and I were audited a number of years ago, our accountant’s advice¬†was…

So You Want a Website

The first question should be “do you need a website at all?” And the answer, truthfully, is no. You can get along quite well without one. Will it help you sell books? Yes. Especially if you have a very specialized…

Digital Photography for Booksellers

Booksellers are in an enviable position among retailers of rarities on the Web. For decades and even centuries, the book business has commonly been carried on by remote, through the catalogues of dealers and auction houses, by mail and by…

An Informal & Historical Intro to Book Cases

by Jim Rock, Parnassus on the Net Owners, authors, couriers, and caretakers have endeavored to encase documents containing the written word in protective and decorative cases almost since the advent of writing itself. In the period since the invention of…

Customer Service

Excellent customer service is the biggest and least expensive favor you can do yourself and your business. To stay viable, any business depends on both new customers and on repeat customers. As big as the Internet is, you will keep…

Bookselling on the Internet

After having been in the book business for nearly 40 years and having written for years about book collecting, this is the first time we have been asked to write something that is just for dealers. It is our pleasure…

An Online-Auction Primer for Booksellers

The main advantage for booksellers in having at least a tangential connection to the Wild West world of online auctions is that most booksellers specialize, some very narrowly, and yet stock comes from disparate sources and always varies in quality.…

Bibliography for Beginners: Part 1 References

Bibliography is the study of books as material objects. One father of modern bibliography, Sir Walter Greg, referred to it further as “the science of transmission of literary documents. As booksellers, bibliography takes on other aspects, including the description of…

A Founder’s View – A Personal Opinion

  Getting my vision of IOBA off the ground has been a long, arduous, and sometimes painful project. I had a vision but did not have the necessary skills and knowledge to handle all of the technical aspects. I feel…