UK book fairs
range from the splendour of the ABA's
London summer fair and the size of the
PBFA's York fair in September,
to the more sober (but often rewarding) regular regional fairs. Some of these
are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers
in a church hall - and they can be found all around the country.
the smallest of these fairs can offer access to an extraordinary
range of printed material - not just books but ephemera, prints,
posters, maps - and increasingly you might also find postcards, photographs,
vinyl, and sometimes associated collectables
So whilst it's
true that the number of book fairs has declined from their heyday
in the 1990's (when Drif
blamed them for denuding many provincial shops of their better books)
they continue to play a vital role in the touchy- feely world of
physical book buying.
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play a part in ensuring that they continue to thrive by sharing
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