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Easton Press Books: Be Careful of Variations PDF Print E-mail
By R. Siedlecki
R. Siedlecki Vintage Books
The popular Easton Press books are fine books, primarily because of their high quality production methods, e.g., full leather bound, hubbed spines, gilded edges, beautiful endpapers, archival quality paper, etc. But, the publisher did take liberties in changing the covers and spine designs, the colors of the leather, the lettering of the titles, the endpapers, and the frontispiece for selected titles . . . within the same year of publication. This could get confusing to the uninitiated.
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Humility Returns to the Book Business PDF Print E-mail


by Frank Reiss of Decatur, owner of  A Cappella Books in Atlanta’s Little Five Points


Last week’s announcement that Borders, the nation’s second biggest book retailer, would be going out of business was a lot easier for me to understand than how such a store ever got to be so big in the first place.

Growing up in Atlanta in the 1970s, most people I knew bought their books at Rich’s. The book department took up no more square footage than housewares or linens, which seemed about right considering the role books played in most people’s lives.

A few neighborhood stores dotted the city, but they weren’t the focal point of anybody’s world, except the families who depended on them for the modest living owning such a shop would afford.
Mall bookstores appeared around then, too, on a scale comparable to stores selling luggage, electronics or stationery, items people needed, enjoyed or had a taste for, but not as essential to daily life as groceries, clothes or pharmacy needs. The size and location of these stores reflected where books fit into our culture at large.

When I became a bookseller in San Francisco in the 1980s, it was in a tiny out-of-print store in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. A bookseller had no reason to expect that most people would want to buy books, so to stay in business, overhead had to be low. Our customers expected such a dingy, inconvenient locale; being book lovers gave them an affection for adventure and an appreciation for the idiosyncratic.

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Featured Member

Smythe Books

Jim Strawn is the classic example of a person taking a passion – in his case a penchant for collecting books – and turning it into a business in retirement.  In October, 2006, Jim, then age 65 and a former finance chief in the radio industry, along with his wife, Judy, opened their own store, Smythe Books, in Dunwoody, Georgia.

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GABA Officers

Libby Ware
President
Toadlily Books

Dan Read
Vice-President
Blue Train Books

Charlene Ball
Secretary

David Hamilton
Treasurer
Americana Books, ABAA

Frank Walsh
Historian
Yesteryear Book Shop, Inc, ABAA

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