1. You want to improve the quality of books you sell but don’t know how to go about doing that.
2. You want to meet other booksellers. Remember, booksellers who know you sometimes offer you first refusal on great material.
3. You want to be able to ask questions of and receive advice from those booksellers considered experts in the field.
4. You want to know more about on-line selling venues and how to sell books there — websites, databases, auctions, blogs.
5. You want to know more about managing an open shop.
6. You want to know more about how to exhibit at a book fair profitably.
7. You want to know how best to use technology in bookselling — whether its scanning book images for your catalogue or website or building your website.
8. You want to learn the names of the major reference books and bibliographies used by booksellers.
9. You want to be learn how to decipher collational formulas like this one: 2′ a-b2 A-L2 and others so complex they are too difficult to type here.
10. You want to be a better bookseller.
I’ve blogged about this great course before here, but I want to remind you that they are now excepting applications for this year’s course. You can read a great in-depth article that gives a day to day account of the seminar here. And, of course, the site for the seminar itself is here.
Don’t forget, both full and partial scholarships are offered and beginners are welcome (as are booksellers of all levels of expertise).
This course helped me make the transition from wanting to be a bookseller to understanding how to be bookseller. I recommend it highly. It’s so good I’ve considered attending it for a second time and I know booksellers who have attended more than once. Don’t be afraid to dream and don’t let yourself be intimidated by what you don’t know yet. I am writing that last sentence as much for me as I am for you.
See you in the stacks!