The links page is a new project. We hope to gather many more links to post and eventually organise them by collecting interest category. We encourage suggestions of links and resources from all of our members to add to this page. Please use the contact form to submit suggestions.
Note: Although we are happy to post links to bookseller organisations and associations, we do not post links to websites or blogs of individual booksellers or auction houses. That said, many reputable book dealers have very good blogs and guides to collecting books.
In addition, we will not post links to resources that require a paid subscription. Many, if not most, subscription-based bibliographic resources are available to access free of charge (on-site) to members of the British Library, or other national libraries. Membership to the British Library is free.
A few links to get started…
The UK Antiquarian Booksellers Association offers useful information on UK book fairs and booksellers, interesting articles, resources and links on their new, easy to use website.
The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies has US members and International Affiliates, of which the PLA is one. You may find on their website the address, contact details and link for each of their member clubs, from the Alcuin Society to the Zamorano Club. They offer public access to their newsletter and their blog – which gives details of events and fairs among other news.
Copac brings together the catalogues of over 90 major UK and Irish libraries (and growing). In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries.
The British Library not only offers on-line access to their immense general catalogue but provides access to hundreds of other databases, digital image repositories, catalogues and bibliographic resources.
The Wellcome Library, membership of which is also free, provides free on-line access to their catalogue and other bibliographical resources. 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
The Bookplate Society purpose is to encourage the production, use, collecting, and study of bookplates. The BS achieve this through their publications, members’ auctions, visits to collections, social events, talks, and exhibitions.
‘The Private Library’ blog, although not associated with our own organisation, offers excellent resources, links and interesting articles for the book collector.
The Centre for Printing History and Culture is a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham and consists of researchers, heritage professionals and librarians. It seeks to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing.
Links to sites that give details of Book Fairs, News, Bookshops and Services:
There are many web sites dedicated to specific aspects of the book trade and specialists will know of them. Listed below are a few that give an overview of fairs, news, bookshops and services to the trade:
http://www.anzaab.com/ – The Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers – Represents the antiquarian book trade in Australia and New Zealand.
http://www.letteringartstrust.org.uk/ – Site for calligraphy, letterpress, linocut and letter carving workshops
http://new-north-press.co.uk/about-us/ – Letterpress printers offering training courses
https://lithub.com/ – American based daily update on all aspects of the book trade, authors, news, publications and even scandal.
http://2seasagency.com/international-book-fair-calendar/ – Details of international book fairs and festivals
https://www.societyofbookbinders.com/about-us/ – The Society of Bookbinders; events, competitions and news
http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/ – gives details of literary events mostly in the UK and Ireland but good coverage of overseas events
https://www.inprint.co.uk/thebookguide/index.php – overview of fairs, news, bookshops
https://www.thebookseller.com/news – modern authors and trade news
https://www.vialibri.net/ – sourcing rare and out of print books but with insights into the market, pricing and regulations
https://www.cphc.org.uk/ – The Centre for Printing History and Culture run by the two Universities of Birmingham
http://www.oxfordguildofprinters.com/ – Britain’s leading Fine Press printers, a wide range of design, printing and publishing amateurs and professionals.
http://typeand.press/ – International letterpress and printmaking information from a Belgium graphic designer
http://www.bookfairs.com/index.html – North American book fair, literary events and auctions information site that also has international information.
https://www.atypi.org/ – ATypI, Association Typographique Internationale – The global forum and focal point for the type community and business.
Videos of proprietors of presses and publishers talking about their art and creative path can be found online with https://vimeo.com/studiointernational a broad brush coverage of the arts including publishers but mostly of painters and installation artists.
https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/ has a comprehensive advice and how to do and who does what in publishing for writers and artists.
There are other European literary events and details of these can be found on http://2seasagency.com/international-book-fair-calendar/
The book fair schedule in the USA can be accessed vis BookFairs.com based in America has a useful list of book fairs, auctions and literary events listed that are held in North America and overseas. See http://www.bookfairs.com/fairs.html