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17.12.14. Etc Fairs final fair of 2014 on 21st December is their Bloomsbury Christmas Book & Ephemera Fair, with over 50 dealers spread across more than 100 tables. Over 2014 the fair has grown considerably and now features many postcard dealers alongside books, maps, prints, ephemera, posters and more! Expect plenty of Christmas cheer and inspiration! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

17.12.14. David Willis's 2015 date for his Wiveliscombe Book Sale is Saturday March 14th, however his email to me was so interesting, I've repoduced it in full.
"This is the only date available for the year, amazing how this small Community Centre has become the most booked out venue in the universe. I am so surprised that this little corner of the world generates so much interest in books. We are a small town of 2500 people and even at the moderate success of the November 2014 event we had a hand written recipe book from the 1820's that sold for megabucks. Out in the sticks are people that love books and books that are waiting to be discovered."  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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