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Banned Booksellers Week Ends!

November 4th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Book Collecting, Bookselling, Feature 2

UPDATED: Nov. 7. 1830GMT

Banned Booksellers Week is over early. After a three-day protest by 580 booksellers in 27 countries, the Amazon subsidiary Abebooks.com reversed its decision to withdraw from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, South Korea, and Poland.

Following a meeting between Arkady Vitrouk, Abebooks’s CEO, and Sally Burdon, the president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), Burdon released the following statement: “It is with great pleasure I report to you that the booksellers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and South Korea will be able to continue to trade on Abebooks into the future if they wish to. They will not be cut off this month nor in the future.” Other affected countries, including Poland, will also be allowed to continue to participate on the Abebooks platform.

Antikvariát Valentinská, one of the largest antiquarian booksellers in Prague, had expected to lay off as many as five employees if Abebooks had gone through with its plans. Following Burdon’s announcement, the owners, Jan and Ondrej Schick said, “You have achieved something we have only dreamed of: You have demonstrated that virtues like selfless solidarity and support have a value beyond the interests and decisions of a company however large it may be.”

Adam Bosze, the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Hungary (Magyar Antikváriusok Egyesülete), concurred: “I would like to express my deep gratitude for your effort changing directions at Abebooks. I would not have thought that we’ll succeed, but you showed the real meaning of our motto,” Amor librorum nos unit (the love of books unites us).

Additional Information

Final list of participating booksellers

New York Times story on the Abebooks protest. Republished in the Boston Globe and Seattle Times.

Rare Booksellers Rallied Against An Amazon-Owned Company and Won

The Guardian (UK) 6 November 2018

Participating Utah booksellers featured in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)

Summary of NY Times story in the San Francisco Chronicle (in paper 6 Nov 18)

Shelf Awareness story

Weekly Standard

In response to Abebooks’ action, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (UK) cancelled Abebooks’ sponsorship of the London international book fair in 2019.

Story on French book news site ActuaLitte. And a second article.

Geekwire, 5 November 2018: “Hundreds of international booksellers go ‘on vacation’ to protest move by Amazon’s AbeBooks”

French Book Trade Publication Livres Hebdo, 5 November 2018: “Les libraires de livres anciens appellent au boycott d’Abebooks”

Antiques Trade Gazette

Russian press story.

Aus dem Antiquariat [German periodically covering the antiquarian book trade]. 5 November 2018: “Urlaubswelle im November” and 3 November 2018 “Proteste gegen Abebooks” 

EcommerceBytes – online publication for online sellers

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) summary


Rare William Saroyan Paintings

August 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Feature 2

Original artwork of the novelist, playwright, and short story writer William Saroyan were on display at Eureka Books for Arts Alive in September 2018. His tales of Armenian immigrant life in California resonated with many more Americans as is evidenced by his many awards. This acclaimed author of The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Time of Your Life, and The Human Comedy loved making art as well a telling stories. Come see the works for yourself and maybe even take one home.

“I made drawings before I learned how to write. The impulse to do so seems basic – it is both the invention and the use of language.”
— William Saroyan

We’ll be adding more to our facebook page. Here is the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/659343757772541/

 


Brave New Bookseller Wanted!

August 16th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Bookselling, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Feature 2

Now Hiring!

Eureka Books is looking for a New Book Maven to manage our ever-growing new merchandise division. While we may be best-known for our used and rare offerings, Eureka Books also stocks thousands of new titles as well as greeting cards, pens, journals, and even coffee mugs.

We are looking for a booklover who, with training, can manage our new books and merchandise offerings, selecting books and cool gifts, ordering from publishers and suppliers, and putting it all into clever, eye-catching displays.

Bookstore experience is preferred; solid retail experience is a must. The confidence to pick books and merch that will appeal to Humboldt’s unique sensibility is required, as is the humility to recognize missteps and adapt accordingly.

This position is full-time (40 hours per week) and requires weekend availability. Salary is $14-15/hour, DOE, with health benefits, two-weeks paid vacation, a cell phone allowance, and a generous store discount.

Please submit a paper resume and cover letter to apply (electronic submissions are not accepted – we’re a bookstore, we like paper!).


Your Signed Books and Artwork Just Got Harder to Sell in California

September 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in AB1570, Blog, Bookselling, Feature 2

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Background on AB1570, a new law covering autographed items in California

More on AB1570 here.

On September 9, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1570 Collectibles: Sale of Autographed Memorabilia into law.

The law requires dealers in any autographed material to provide certificates of authenticity (COA) for signed item sold for $5 or more.

The idea is to crack down on fraudulent autograph sales. “That sounds pretty reasonable,” you are probably thinking. I, too, can get behind the motive.

Unfortunately for you, the consumer, the legislators never seem to have considered that buyers of autograph material eventually become sellers of autograph material.

Let’s say you like to go to author events and get books signed. Eventually, your shelves fill up, and you want to trade books in at a shop like Eureka Books.

Guess what? Remember that Certificate of Authenticity that sounded so reasonable? Well your name and address has to go on the certificate of authenticity because I (as the person issuing the COA) have to say where I got the book. This applies to signed books, artwork, and any other autographed items you own.

[If you are concerned about this legislation, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, please contact your state legislators]

Maybe you’d like to sell that Morris Graves painting you inherited. You send it to an auction house, where it sells for $40,000. Good for you. But did you supply a Certificate of Authenticity? What? Why do I have to issue a COA? What do I know about authenticating Morris Graves paintings?

Guess what? AB1570 requires YOU, as the owner of the painting, to guarantee its authenticity. And you don’t issue the COA? You can be liable for TEN TIMES damages, plus attorneys fees. Call it a cool half mill, because you didn’t know you were supposed to issue a COA.

Maybe you decide to sell it at an auction house outside of California. Good luck, because if the person who buys your painting lives in the Golden State, the law still applies.

Consumers aren’t the only ones significantly affected by this law.

Consider bookstores that do a lot of author events. Let’s imagine that Neil Gaiman does one of his typical massive book signings in February for his forthcoming book, Norse Mythology. Say 1000 people show up and buy books at $25.95. The bookstore either has to issue 1000 COA, or risk being sued for $25.95 x 1000 x 10, plus attorney’s fees. Call it $300,000.

Is it any wonder that many of California’s best bookstores are very worried that this law will make it much harder to hold book signings and other author events. The legislature and the governor apparently had a similar response, because the law was passed with almost no discussion.

Please contact your state legislator.

Sources
“Your name and address has to go on the certificate”: Section 1739.7b(8) says the COA must “Indicate whether the item was obtained or purchased from a third party. If so, indicate the name and address of this third party.”

“Why do I have to issue a COA?”: Section 1739.7a(4)a:  “Dealer includes an auctioneer who sells collectibles at a public auction, and also includes persons who are consignors or representatives or agents of auctioneers.”


Amy Stewart October 1 at the Eureka Theater

August 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Events, Feature 2

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Amy Stewart Presents the New Kopp Sisters Novel

Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Eureka Theater
612 F Street
Eureka

A free event! Amy will discuss her new book and then will sign copies afterward. This is her only scheduled event in Humboldt County, so don’t miss it. It’s just one stop on a 30-city nationwide tour.


Atthys Gage to Sign New Young Adult Novels

August 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Eureka Books, Events, Feature 2, Feature 3, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Cover of Spark, the novel by Arcata, CA, resident Atthys GageOn Saturday September 3, Eureka Books will host a book signing by Arcata resident, Atthys Gage, who  has authored two novels, Spark and Flight of the Wren.  Copies of both books are now available in the store.

Atthys is a musician as well as a writer with a lifelong love for myth, magic, and books. His second real job was in a book store. As was his third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. Eventually he stopped trying to sell books and, about nine years ago, started
writing them. After studying classics at Haverford College, he developed an interest with the ways that ancient stories influence modern storytelling and has always had a fascination for that cloudy borderline between the normal and the paranormal.

Both novels feature a young protagonist, are set in contemporary culture, and mix magical realism with elements of romance, mystery, history, and adventure. Reviewers have described the books as “wonderfully inventive with compelling characters,” “totally engrossing,” “the writing is elegant and evocative,” and “lovely writing with a sense of humor.”

Athys’s reading audience is for those interested in exploring the world of the paranormal in the modern world. Adults and young adults both are drawn to his characters and stories.


Via Magazine Article

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Feature 2

From Via Magazine: “The eclectic assortment of antiquarian books, maps, photos, and ephemera at Eureka Books thrills spontaneous browsers and serious collectors alike.”DSCN1021


Broadsides of local and international poets.

April 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Ephemera, Eureka Books, Feature 2, Local Authors, Prints

Eureka Books is exhibiting broadsides of local poets, Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge, along with international writers such as Margaret Atwood and Thich Nhat Hanh, and local artist Amy Uyeki, through April.

Bean-vine broadside by Amy Uyeki


Quilt books galore

February 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Books, Bookstore, Feature 2

QuiltsTHIS JUST IN: Quilt books.  Lots and lots of quilt books. Tell your crafty friends.

To name just a few of the titles:

  • Quilting with Style: Principles for Great Pattern Design
  • Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift: 20 Traditional Patterns for a New Generation of Generous Quiltmakers
  • 70 Classic Quilting Patterns: Ready-to-Use Designs and Instructions (Dover Quilting)
  • Applique Masterpiece : Affairs of the Heart
  • Applique 12 Easy Ways! : Charming Quilts, Giftable Projects, and Timeless Techniques
  • Garden Party: Applique Quilts That Bloom (That Patchwork Place)
  • Quick & Easy Quiltmaking: 26 Projects Featuring Speedy Cutting and Piecing Methods
  • Applique in Bloom
  • Pink Lemonade & Other Delights : 10 Refreshing Quilt Projects
  • Fast Patch: A Treasury of Strip-Quilt Projects (Contemporary quilting)
  • The Border Workbook: Easy Speed-Pieced and Foundation-Pieced Borders
  • Lois Smith’s Machine Quiltmaking
  • Quick Quilting: Rotary Cutting, Machine Piecing, Machine Applique, Machine Quilting
  • Cat’s Meow : Purr-fect Quilts for Cat Lovers
  • Botanical Wreaths: Nature’s Glory in Applique
  • Machine Applique: A Sampler of Techniques
  • Radiant New York Beauties: 14 Paper-Pieced Quilt Projects
  • Pieces of the Past
  • Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts
  • Magic Base Blocks for Unlimited Quilt Designs
  • Super Simple Strips
  • Contemporary Classics in Plaids & Stripes: 9 Projects from Piece O’Cake Designs
  • The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting
  • Quilts for Fabric Lovers
  • Sensational Scrap Quilts
  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs: Paper-Pieced Quilts for Pet Lovers
  • Fantasy Fabrics: Techniques for Layered Surface Design
  • Plentiful Possibilities: A Timeless Treasury of 16 Terrific Quilts
  • Go Wild With Quilts : 14 North American Birds & Animals
  • Timeless Toile: Terrific Quilts, Pillows, and Purses
  • Precision-Pieced Quilts: Using the Foundation Method (Contemporary Quilting)
  • Paper Piecing with Alex Anderson: Tips Techniques 6 Projects
  • Easy Paper-Pieced Keepsake Quilts : 72 New Blocks Including the Alphabet!
  • Paper Piece a Merry Christmas (That Patchwork Place)
  • Scrap Quilts
  • Scrapmania: More Quick-Pieced Scrap Quilts
  • The Scrap Look: Designs, Fabrics, Colors and Piecing Techniques for Creating Multi-Fabric Quilts
  • Rotary Roundup: 40 More Fast & Fabulous Quilts
  • More Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts
  • Rotary Riot: 40 Fast and Fabulous Quilts
  • Dutch Flower Pot Quilts
  • Little Quilts : All Through the House
  • Quilts Galore!: Quiltmaking Styles and Techniques
  • Old Favorites in Miniature: Patterns and Instructions for Making Nineteen Miniature Quilts
  • Twenty Little Patchwork Quilts: With Full-Size Templates (Dover Quilting)
  • Working in Miniature: A Machine Piecing Approach to Miniature Quilts
  • Quilts for Red-Letter Days: More Than 30 Small Celebration Quilts
  • Quilted for Christmas: Book Two
  • Mariner’s Compass: An American Quilt Classic
  • Applique Masterpiece: Little Brown Bird Patterns
  • Pieced Borders : The Complete Resource
  • A Bird’s Eye View
  • The Block Book
  • Baltimore Album Legacy
  • Applique Designs: My Mother Taught Me to Sew
  • Baltimore Album Quilts: Historic Notes and Antique Patterns : A Pattern Companion to Baltimore Beauties and Beyond
  • Quilting Makes the Quilt
  • Attic Windows: Quilts With a View
  • Stripes in Quilts
  • Jacobean Applique: Exotica, Book I (Bk.1)
  • A Quilter’s Ark: More Than 50 Designs for Foundation Piecing

 

 


Autumn in Old Town

November 15th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Bookstore, Feature 2, Feature 3

Fall colors are spilling along the street outside Eureka Books.

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