Tilshead, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Books-and-records.com, IOBA specializes in Autobiographies, Folio Society, Franklin Library, General Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Modern First Editions, Signed Books.
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Established in 2008, we are based in the UK but ship worldwide. We stock many signed first editions and some rare titles. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. All items are securely packaged and promptly dispatched. In the case of actual shipping costs being less than the amount paid by the customer, the difference will be refunded.
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Interview with Robert Evans of Books-and-records.com, IOBA
- When did you get started in bookselling?
- I first started selling books in 2006
- What drew you to bookselling?
- First and foremost - a love of books and the written word, coupled with a desire to start a small business. I began by selling off some of my own collection and it grew from there.
- Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
- I have no one specific mentor but I've learned from many different people along the way
- What are your specialties as a dealer?
- Signed books, mainly. Modern first editions. Folio Society, their editions are beautifully presented.
- What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
- A signed first edition copy of 'Something to Answer For' by PH Newby - the first Booker Prize-winning book
- What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
- Establishing and maintaining good relations with customers!
- Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
- I'd love an open storefront, but at present I don't have one
- What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
- One strange incident that sticks out goes as follows: One evening, at around 9.30, I noticed there were six orders from six different people in the space of just a few seconds (less than 5, in fact) and on further investigation discovered they were all for the same book (Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs). As I only had one copy of this book, I felt obliged to offer it to the first person to place the order. I then had to contact all the other buyers to give them the bad news and of course to sort out refunds. In the course of making the round of phone calls I learned that at the time the orders were placed there was a programme on television about the author Raymond Briggs and the book Ethel & Ernest was mentioned. This had obviously triggered interest in the book, mainly because it was a largely unknown title (greatly overshadowed by The Snowman) and at least six people must have simultaneously rushed to their computers to Google the title and author, which brought them to my site and in the blink of an eye half a dozen orders were placed, so close together, in fact, that my system was unable to place the book out of stock in time to prevent five of the six going through. I can only speculate on how many other people had also tried to order from me but were just a couple of seconds too late!
- What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
- Sadly, my favourite bookshops have all disappeared! They were small, family-owned shops in little back streets, but they introduced me to a few of my favourite authors and books
- What do you personally like to read? Collect?
- I'm drawn mainly to novels written between the latter part of the nineteenth century and middle of the twentieth century. Hemingway, Orwell, Marquez, Greene, Woolf, Lawrence, Kafka, Durrell, Hamsun, Steinbeck, Ibsen, both Millers and so on.
- What one book would you buy if price were no object?
- A first edition copy of Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
- Mysteries by Knut Hamsun; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (just plucked these three out. There are dozens more I could and would choose)