Chapter 397 Here’s What I Said A Year Ago: Ten Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Going to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

In looking back through some old blog posts today, I found this one, from February 20, 2008. If you don’t mind reading it (again), you’ll see that I’ve been a fan of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for quite a while.

Ten Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Going to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

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!

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4 responses to “Chapter 397 Here’s What I Said A Year Ago: Ten Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Going to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

  1. adambertram

    Hello,

    I have a new blog up about selling books online and was wondering if we could swap links. If you would, please check out my site at sellyourbooksonline.com. If you’re interested, I would be more than happy to add a reciprocal link back to your blog.

    Adam

  2. Knowledge is key in the Antiquarian Book business, and imo, CABS provides an excellent foundation.

    V
    Class of ’96.

  3. Thanks for the feedback, V. Anyone else who has been to the Seminar care to comment?

  4. I’ve always enjoyed antiquarian books, but find that I simply don’t have the time to properly learn about them. 😦

    Adam

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