SEMINARS FOR BOOK LOVERS
17th January 2001
(Victoria, BC) - Great novels entice us all - but some of us delve
deeper, with a passion to seek out the stories behind the books.
Thousands of book lovers across the U.S. seek to know more about
the detailed craftsmanship behind the book itself, to trace select
authors or subjects through their best (and worst) manifestations,
and even to trade coveted early-editions of great books on international
To help foster this great love for old books, abebooks.com, the
world's leading source for out-of-print, secondhand, and rare
books, announces upcoming book collecting seminars to be held
this February 17th and 18th in San Francisco. Abebooks.com presents
book-industry veteran David Gregor to facilitate the classes.
"The majority of people involved in the collecting of books
today are as varied in their social, financial, and educational
background as are the subject areas in which they are interested,"
Gregor said. "Book collecting is most certainly a passion.
It can allow you to live in another world for a time. It can enrich
and inform your life and become a great love."
In the seminar on February 17th, The Art and Science of Book
Collecting, Gregor will discuss collecting for fun and profit,
touching on such issues as cultivating a passion for books, identifying
first editions and false firsts, understanding book dealers' terminology,
and protecting one's investment in books. Everyone from the merely
curious to the very serious is invited to join the sessions. On
February 18th, abebooks.com expert Jerry Hevesi will be presenting
a seminar on Internet Bookselling for booksellers of all levels
"Abebooks.com has a sincere long-term interest in reviving
books, expanding the book-buying population, and promoting our
over 7,000 member booksellers. These seminars are another example
of our company working closely with booksellers, and bringing
the latest and best information to book lovers in a very personal
way," company president Keith Waters said. The seminars are
part of abebooks' growing effort to educate the public about significant
books and literature.
Both seminars will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Union Square in
San Francisco. More details, costs, and registration (required)
can be obtained at www.abebooks.com (under "book seminars"),
or by calling Jerry at (250) 475-6013. Abebooks.com is holding
the seminars in various locations across North America this year.
Abebooks is the world's largest book site, listing over 35 million
books. With offices in Canada and Germany, abebooks provides independent
booksellers with business support, technological infrastructure
and international marketing, enabling booksellers of any size
to compete on an equal footing with book superstores. Through
its acquisition of Germany's JustBooks, now abebooks Europe, the
company now serves over 10,000 member booksellers worldwide via
web sites in English, German, and French. Abebooks was launched
on the Internet in May of 1996 and offers consumers the most complete
collection of rare, used, and out-of-print books available anywhere.