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York Antiquarian Book Seminar

decoration14 Sept. 2015|16 Sept. 2015

Y.A.B.S. provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing, and bookselling in the electronic age. The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.

Faculty: Simon Beattie, Justin Croft, Adam Douglas, Jonathan Kearns, Ed Maggs, Tim Pye, Sophie Schneidemann, Anthony Smithson, Carl Williams

2015 Keynote speaker: Sally Burdon

2015 Specialty Dealer: Jeanette Ray

Topics to be covered will include:

Evaluating and Pricing Books

Reference Tools for the Book Trade


Buying and Selling Online

Buying and Selling at Auction

Buying and Selling Archives and Collections

Setting Up and Using a Bookseller Database

Marketing and Building a Customer Base

Creating Your Own Website

Creating a Catalogue

Operating a Profitable Open Shop

Selling Books to Libraries

Selling Books on Consignment

Fakes, Forgeries and Theft

Conservation and Preservation

Photographing Used and Rare Books

(Preliminary Announcement)


14 Sept. 2015|16 Sept. 2015
17 Blosson Street
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Antiquarian Booksellers' Assocation (ABA) and Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA)
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