Book Fair Calendar -
only guide to all the secondhand
and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity
and library book sales. Add your event here
13.05.13. The annual fundraising Book Sale at St James South Elmham Village Hall near Halesworth in Suffolk, will take place over the weekend of September 28th-29th. As usual, light lunches and thousands of books on every conceivable subject, in aid of their lovely church. Add a comment
12.05.13. This year, for the first time seven fairs displaying Rare Books, Maps, Photographs and Ephemera have come together to set up London International Book Fair Week. Running from Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th June, this will be the biggest celebration of Print-on-Paper in the World.
A specially designed London International Book Fair Week ticket will be available at the door of all the fairs and will give free entry to most of them ... more Add a comment
6.05.13. Sadly, the monthly Bristol Book Market in Wine Street, Bristol, is no more. Add a comment
6.05.13. Richard Frost is organising a Book Sale at Aldbury Memorial Hall in Hertfordshire on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th. There will be 5 or 6 dealers all selling books at £2 each, in this picturesque village nestling at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Add a comment
book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's
London June fair and the size of the
PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober
(but often rewarding) monthly fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made
up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall. However, their very diversity
is part of their charm and there is always the prospect of a bargain.
Book fairs flourished
during the 1980's and 90's.
This expansion was often at the expense of bookshops as dealers
reduced their costs and took their books on the road. It also had
the effect of denuding many provincial shops of their better books
as these were swept up in the rising tide of book fairs. See Drif
Times have been
hard for many of the smaller regional book fairs of late, but a
number have recently been revived, and we have even added a handful
of new ones. But what is the future for book fairs, and
how well are they serving their customers in the 21st Century? We
are always keen to receive your comments
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