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Course Content

YABS seeks to provide an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with a balance between online bookselling and more traditional methods.

The seminar is designed for people of all levels of experience, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field. 

Over the past four years, we have had the privilege of listening to many outstanding speakers, including our keynote speakers Rob Rulon-Miller (past president of the ABAA), Sally Burdon (current vice-president of ILAB), Heather O'Donnell (Honey & Wax Booksellers, USA) and Sunday Steinkirchner (B&B Rare Books, USA). The seminar provides an  unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with fellow booksellers, librarians and collectors from all stratas of the trade.

 
 

Topics Covered

 
 

Finding Books • Evaluating and Pricing Books • Reference Tools for the Book Trade • Writing Effective Book Descriptions • Buying and Selling Online • Buying and Selling at Auction • Archives and Collections • Setting Up and Using a Bookseller Database • Building and Marketing a Customer Base • Photographing Books • Creating Your Own Website • Creating a Catalogue • Operating a Profitable Open Shop • Selling Books to Libraries • Selling Books on Consignment • Forgeries and Theft

And much more besides...

 
 

2018 Schedule


 
 

Day One

 
 

08:30 - 09:00
Registration – Sophie Pointon and Alice Laverty.

09:00 - 9:45
Introductory Remarks, Introductions and recognition of  Scholarship winners – Anthony Smithson - Keel Row Books     

9:45 - 10:45
Keynote Speaker – Lisa Baskin

10:45 - 11.00
BREAK

11:00 - 12:15
Bookselling Fundamentals: Business Basics – Deborah Coltham Rare Books, and Alice Laverty, Keel Row Books

12.15 - 13:00
LUNCH – discussion with faculty continues over lunch

13:00 - 14:30
Buying Books –  Justin Croft and Anthony Smithson, Keel Row Books

14:30 - 14:45
BREAK

14:45 - 15:45
Post Modern Bookselling Pt 1 – Jonathan Kearns

15.45 - 17.30
Bibliographical Description – Simon Beattie and Justin Croft

 
 

 
 

Day Two

 
 

08:30 - 10:15
How to Catalogue a Book – Simon Beattie and Justin Croft

10:15 - 10:30
BREAK

10:30 - 12.30
Cataloging Workshop

12.30 - 13.15
LUNCH  discussion with faculty continues over lunch

13:15 - 14.15
Speciality Dealer – James Hallgate of Lucius Books

14:15 - 15:15
Selling to Institutional Libraries – Tim Pye, Libraries Curator for the National Trust and Simon Beattie

15:15 - 15:30
BREAK        

15:30 - 16:30
Post Modern Bookselling Pt 2 – Jonathan Kearns

16:30 - 17:30
Book Fairs and Running an open shop – Anthony Smithson, Keel Row Books

17:30 - 19.30
Bookshop Tour

 
 

 
 

Day Three

 
 

08:30 - 10:15

Avoiding Fakes, Forgeries & Theft – Adam Douglas, Peter Harrington Rare Books

10:15 – 10:30

BREAK

10:30 – 11.30

Evaluating, Pricing & Selling - Stephen Foster, Foster Books

11:30 - 12:45  

Cataloguing Ephemera – Adam Douglas, Peter Harrington Rare Books

12:45 – 13:30

LUNCH - discussion with faculty continues over lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Post Modern Bookselling Pt 3 – Jonathan Kearns

14:30 - 14:45

BREAK

14:45 - 16:30

The Art of the Book – Sophie Schneideman

16:30 - Onwards

Open forum

18:30 - 21:00
Farewell Dinner