Articles

The Monkey’s Paw introduces the Biblio-mat book-vending machine.
By Safa Jinje, THE QUILL AND QUIRE

For his latest venture, (Stephen) Fowler has revealed the Biblio-mat, a vending machine that dispenses random books for two dollars apiece.

READ MORE ON THE QUILL AND QUIRE'S WEBSITE

Also see the CBC Video: Margaret Atwood Tells George Stroumboulopoulos About the Biblio-Mat.

 


Rising card fees have small businesses crying foul
By Jeff Heinrich, THE GAZETTE

Bookstore owner Adrian King-Edwards (ABAC) doesn’t take credit cards. Nor debit cards. Only cash. It’s cheaper that way — no fees to pay to MasterCard or Visa or the banks.
READ MORE ON THE MONTREAL GAZETTE'S WEBSITE

 


ILAB (and ABAC) on Top!
By Alisa Waschke - The Wayfarer's Bookshop

ILAB and ABAC booksellers Eric and Alisa Waschke have returned from an expedition to South America where they climbed some of the highest mountains. With them were a flag showing the logos of ILAB and of the Canadian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABAC).
READ MORE ON THE ILAB WEBSITE

 


'Twas the Day Before Christmas
By Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin Wilfrid M. de Freitas - Bookseller

or, Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas. By Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin of Wilfrid M. de Freitas - Bookseller, (With apologies to Clement Moore, and Major Henry Livingston). First published in the ABA's 2005 Christmas Newsletter.
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“Bibliophiles flock to Toronto for antiquarian book fair”
Canada AM: The business of books

Eric Waschke, an antiquarian bookseller, says his job is interesting because he never knows where he'll find his next book. He explains how he knows a book is valuable, and lists his favourite finds.

SEE THE VIDEO ON THE CTV WEBSITE


“Antiquarian tomes hotter than ever”
Michael Posner
From Saturday's Globe and Mail

This is not, needless to say, the best of times for the book world.

Traditional bookstores, used and new, are struggling to stay open. The inexorable rise of e-readers is forcing many publishers to pare their seasonal lists or reduce print runs. A few weeks ago, Barnes and Noble, the largest U.S. chain, started removing from 1,300 stores those books for which it did own digital sale rights. A rival, Books-A-Million, quickly followed suit. And warehousing giant Amazon recently announced plans to bypass publishers completely and deal directly with authors.

READ MORE ON THE GLOBE AND MAIL WEBSITE


“The desire to learn something new every day and an undying passion for antiquarian books”
An interview with Eric Waschke - The Wayfarer's Bookshop

From Canada to the Kilimanjaro, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and back to Vancouver. “I guess my claim to fame is that I've visited over 4000 used and antiquarian booksellers, including over 1000 ILAB members, in my travels to 92 countries.”
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Report on the Russian Antiquarian Book Trade, 2008
Eric P. Waschke - The Wayfarer's Bookshop

From the 17 th till 27 th of June 2008, I visited a total of thirty used and antiquarian books hops in St. Petersburg (13) and Moscow (17). In my opinion, of the thirty shops I visited, at least fifteen are working at an ILAB equivalent level (three in St. Petersburg and twelve in Moscow ).
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Reflections on Scouting.
David Mason - David Mason Books

A few years ago I had a visit from Justin Schiller at my store and that visit initiated a lengthy period of meditation on an aspect of bookselling which, while largely unknown or of no interest to the public, is so central to bookselling that dealers constantly dwell on it.
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ILAB on the Road - Antiquarian Booksellers of Santiago de Chile, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
Eric P. Waschke - The Wayfarer's Bookshop

From the 25th of October until the 11th of November, I visited the antiquarian booksellers in the capitals of the Southern South American countries of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
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