Saturday, March 17, 2007

Introduction to me and my books

I think it's time I joined this Book Blogging phenomenon.

I love reading, have been reading since I was 4 years old. My tastes have settled towards History and Biography, and those are the areas I feel most knowledgeable about. Thats why I called this blog BiblioBiography. I wanted BiblioHistoria, but that was already taken.

I have recently discovered the magazine called Fine Books & Collections Magazine, and have subscribed. Its only $25 for 6 issues per year. A very good price IMO. I used to read Biblio Magazine some years ago, but that magazine seems to have gone out of business.

I have flirted with the idea of owning a bookstore over the past 20 years, but never felt like I knew enough (or had enough cash) to take the plunge. My book collection is increasing rapidly, and I think I need to get rid of some of them. However selling them to another dealer does not appeal to me. They give me their lowest price, and then make a profit when they resell them, while I take a loss. Besides there are not that many second hand dealers in my part of the city.

Most shops around here are remainder shops. In fact most of my book purchases are from remainder shops. Thus most of my books are in good condition. (Please note that when I say good condition - I do not necessarily mean the same high quality one would expect from the Antiquarian Booksellers Society's version of "good condition") I think remainder shops are the best way to go. Good quality of books at very nice prices.

Bookseller Groups
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America ABAA
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada ABAC

Rare Book School
Rare Book School Virginia
California Rare Book School

Best websites to buy new and used books

Places to review, catalogue and just enjoy books

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