Book Fairs | May 21, 2021

PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair & ViaLibri Collaborate for Online Fairs

Courtesy of Harrison-Hiett Rare Books

Detail from Emmett Williams' Sweethearts (1967, Something Else Press). This book will be offered by Harrison-Hiett £325 ($460).

London — As you may remember the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair was due to happen at the end of this month. Sadly, as with all ‘live’ fairs, this had to be cancelled. The good news is that PBFA in-person events will be starting again later this year, and we will continue to have the PBFA’s monthly online book fairs!

Courtesy of Harrison-Hiett Rare Books

The other great news is that the PBFA has secured a partnership with viaLibri — the world’s largest search engine for old, rare, and second-hand books. This means that all items listed in each one of the PBFA’s monthly book fairs will also appear in search results on viaLibri – both during and after the fair.

Also (if not removed as having been sold), all the items that are listed on each of the monthly online book fairs will remain listed in the PBFA ‘Books for Sale’ section – a great advantage compared to other online book fairs where books are often hidden again after the fair has ended!

The PBFA’s partnership with viaLibri extends to include sponsorship of the next ‘live’ PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair when it returns to its regular venue at ILEC IBIS Earls Court in May 2022.

A bit more about how viaLibri works with the PBFA: viaLibri searches for books that are listed for sale on more than thirty-five multi-dealer websites world-wide. If a dealer’s books are already being sold on one or more of these websites they will be included automatically in the search results – but if a dealer has chosen not to pay to list on these sites (ABE, Biblio, IOBA etc) then listing books for sale on the monthly PBFA fairs gives a dealer free extensive international exposure. viaLibri does this by maintaining an up to date ‘mirror’ of the PBFA online book inventory on its own internet servers. A process known as “harvesting.”

We look forward to May’s Online Book Fair which opens on 29th May at 12 noon.