Category: Toolbox

General tools and information for bookselling, clip worthy

Enjoy Cable-Free Net Access With Wi-Fi Mobile Technology

Is your office like a sauna in the summer heat? Would you prefer updating your online database or answering email queries in the open air, perhaps at a nearby park? Thanks to cutting edge technology, IOBA members can, or will…

Bar codes in the Used-Book Business

With all the financial pressures on Internet booksellers, from declining prices to shipping reimbursements which don’t quite cover the actual postage, it’s become more important than ever to be efficient. This is true even if you are a one-person shop,…

Palm Leaf Books

When I lived in St. Augustine, FL, I regularly attended the monthly antique dealer meetings, partly because I enjoyed the people and the food and partly because I enjoyed the Show and Tell portion of the meeting. Each dealer was…

The Neutrino Effect by Michael E. Kirshteyn

The Neutrino Effect By: Michael E. Kirshteyn Paperback , 6″ x 9″, 364 pages, 13 figures, ISBN 0-595-23607-3, $17.06 E-book, 552 pages 13 figures $6.95 ABOUT THE BOOK The Neutrino Effect is set in a future some seventy years from…

IOBA Q & A Column

Q. For books that you have already bought and looked up on the internet, what is your specific criteria (prices too low, too many copies already online) for not putting them online? Or do you put everything online? Jonathan Grobe…

Rest Breaks, Exercises Prevent Computer Ailments

Online booksellers make great candidates for eyestrain, backaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and all manner of computer-related repetitive stress injuries (RSI). We spend hours hunched over keyboards, eyes glued to monitors, turning those stacks of unentered books into cashable assets in…

A Weighty Subject

One of my favorite books quotes is about the spy who likes to pose as an engineer. His reason: “when I tell people I’m an engineer their eyes glaze over and they don’t ask any more questions.” Today’s topic is…

PDA’s In Bookselling

I started writing this column like ten times already.  The advances in PDA technology have been careening along at such a gallop that most have gotten whiplash as it went past us.  The last time we had such a radical…