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The Book Fair Calendar - the UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity and library book sales.  Add your event here

22.07.14. The Bloomsbury Book & Ephemera Fair takes place this Sunday 27th July at the Royal National Hotel, London. The fair has undergone a transformation over the past few months and is now a much larger event with dealers in ephemera, books, maps, prints and postcards. The fair really does offer something for all collectors and to suit all budgets with some of the very best specialists in the country so well worth a visit. Full details including the latest exhibitor list is on the website  Add a comment

21.07.14. With more than 50 dealers coming from all over the country, the range of books, maps and ephemera being offered at the PBFA Ilkley Book Fair on July 25th & 26th, should not be missed ... more  Add a comment

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UK 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 on 'Bookfairies'.

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 and suggestions.

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