Book Collecting and the Web


Book Collecting and the Web
The second in the series of seminars organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the ABA Educational Trust took the form of a round-table discussion given by some of the younger, more articulate and more digitally-savvy members of the rare book trade - Natalie Galustian, Justin Croft, Simon Beattie and Jonathan Kearns.

Topics included were the best (and worst) places to look for books on the internet, the merit and trustworthiness of internet descriptions, what we are really being told, the bonuses as well as the perils and pitfalls of instant collecting gratification, the skills of searching, what the apparently transparent market is actually telling us, and the explosion of social media marketing - blogs, facebook, twitter and all the rest. 

The seminar took place on 13 March 2012 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

All the seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. Many of the talks are illustrated by actual examples. All are very welcome.