Series: Summer 2003 (Vol. IV, No. 2)

From the editor

Call for replacement When the fall, 2003 issue goes live some time in November, I’ll have been editor for 2-1/2 years and will have put out 10 issues of The IOBA Standard. It has been great fun, and I’ve enjoyed…

ISBN Lookup – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Over the last few years the ISBN has become a lot more important to many, if not most, online booksellers. Many of the larger sites are using ISBN lookups to match a bookseller’s listing to information about that title pulled…

Different Times, Different Climes, Different Crimes!

This review includes a trio of books that differ greatly, even in the broad genre of mystery novels. Settings and periods range from Vienna at the in 1910 and Melbourne, Australia in the 1980s to Washington D.C. in 2000. The…

BookWriter Web for HomeBase Interview with Tom Sawyer

BookWriter Web was created by Thomas A. Sawyer, co-founder and software designer for Interloc/Alibris, as well as the creator of the UIEE information exchange format used by booksellers worldwide. Tom was previously interviewed in two IOBA articles (http://www.ioba.org/newsletter/archive/v8/tomsawyer.html andhttp://www.ioba.org/newsletter/archive/v9/bwwebinterview1.html). In this…

Anti-War Book Collecting

From a bookseller’s viewpoint, “military books” are usually lumped together as a subset of the history section. But this popular genre has many sub-categories. Among military buffs are those who read biographies of the great leaders; others whose interest is…

The myth of the book

  People have been pestering me for years to write a book. I have yet to accomplish this. That is not to say that I haven’t written reams of things that could probably fill many books. However, collecting enough singular…

Booksellers, the First Amendment and Customer Privacy

In August 2001 the FBI appeared in Arundel Books’ Los Angeles store with a US Justice Department subpoena demanding 6-1/2 years of customer records from our entire company. We fought John Ashcroft, Robert Mueller, and the US Government. We won.…

On Collecting (and selling) Books on Bullfighting

The collecting of books on bullfighting is surprisingly organized. While not as popular as it was during the 1950’s and 60’s, whatever the field lacks in numbers of collectors it makes up in their aficion (love of the activity, nearly…

Closing one store, opening another

Where to start? THE OLD STORE: Our store was located in the Apollo Plaza, Monticello, Sullivan County’s only indoor Mall. It had Sears, Bass Outlet, Fieldcrest-Cannon, Dress Barn, and a number of nationally known stores when we moved in, but…