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27.05.15. The Bloomsbury Summer Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday, 31st May and ends a bonanza week of fairs! Expect specialist dealers from all over the UK and further afield including Europe and Australia! Doors open at 9.30am and close at 3pm, admission is £1.50. The website now contains detailed exhibitor lists with specialisms and contact details, dealer highlights and there is also a chance to win free West End theatre tickets if you attend the fair! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

25.05.15. From May 28th to 30th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 58th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers ... more  Add a comment

25.05.15. Internationally, the rare book market is worth over £322.25 million annually, big enough to ensure that crowds of enthusiastic bibliophiles will be pushing through the doors of Olympia next weekend. Among them will be the legendary book dealer and international Booker Prize judge Rick Gekoski ... more  Add a comment

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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.

Visiting even 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.

And you can play a part in ensuring that they continue to thrive by sharing your thoughts and experiences in a review - there is a comment link on every listing.

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