Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

A Bookseller’s Tasha Tudor Remembrance

I add my voice to the many others who note the passing of Tasha Tudor with sadness. Many lives have been touched by Tasha’s art and her stories, including my own. I extend to the family and those who may…

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

The Independent Online Booksellers Association shares the deep concern of our South African colleagues over Second-Hand Goods Bill [B2-2008] and the effect it would have on independent booksellers in South Africa.

Robert Fisher of Echo Letterpress

First of all Robert, thanks for taking time out from your very busy schedule, and congratulations on the recent addition to your family. By way of introduction, tell us a bit about Christina and yourself. Christina and I are both…

Embracing the Unexpected

There is an old Yiddish expression that translates as “Man plans, God laughs.” While some may find this troubling, for me, it is part of the fun and excitement of the hunt. One of the things you quickly learn when you become a book dealer is to embrace the unexpected.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You

Dear IOBA, I am writing to thank you and the board members of IOBA once more for granting me a scholarship award to this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. What an incredible experience! We covered an enormous amount of material…

Live Free or Die: A Book Dealer’s Travels in New Hampshire

n mid-January we spent a long weekend in New Hampshire, where the populace has extended “You are your own chairperson” even further through their motto “Live Free or Die.” My wife is an avid Nordic skier, so we have a tradition of spending Martin Luther King weekend up in New England. She bundles up and braves the cold, while I crank up the car and check out the used bookstores.

Time and Again: A Fraudulent Book Purchase on Ebay

There was little time left in the auction, and I decided to take a chance, putting in a bid that eventually won the book. But when the $110 “true first” arrived, I could not believe what had been sent.

Victor Goldring, Goldring Books, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK

I am Victor Goldring and trade under the simple name of Goldring Books. Based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom. It is operated out of our home and we sell on the internet only, with our website being established…