Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Book Searchers, Collectors and Dealers - A New Facebook Community

I've always thought it would be great to have one place online where book dealers and book collectors could come together to share their mutual love of books. A place where a book lover searching for an elusive title could leave a message and have a book dealer from somewhere around the world reply after having found the book in the dark recesses of their stacks. A place where an avid collector of books could leave a message requesting catalogues specific to their interest and an antiquarian bookstore could reply from which a life-long buying/selling relationship would grow. A place where a second hand book dealer who recently picked up a rare first edition could list their prize find and immediately connect with an interested bibliophile just waiting for such an opportunity to arise. A meeting place where there is no large corporate middleman. Are you with me?

Short of building such a website from scratch or starting my own social networking site which I neither have the funds nor the time to do, the only way I could think of achieving something like this on a small scale and a budget was to start a facebook community page. So, as of today, this place actually exists. Initially, I imagine it will be a slow start, as such a place requires members. That's where you come in! Whether you're a small or big-time antiquarian or second hand book dealer we encourage you to jump onto facebook and like our page. We ask the same of any sometime or all the time book collectors. The name of the community page is - Book Searchers, Collectors and Dealers and we hope to see you there really soon.