Hay-on-Wye

Bonhams’ Matthew Haley to Speak at the Hay-on-Wye Festival

On Friday May 31st, Matthew Haley will be among speakers at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales. He will discuss two aspects of how technology has changed the world of rare books. Within the last fifteen years, book-search web sites like Abebooks and online auctions catalogs have proved a game-changer for this previously localized and often sleepy market. More recently, the printed word appears to have been marginalized by the pixel: digitized library books, ebooks, Kindles and other e-readers seem to dominate the book world.

Lawrence Worms, current President of the ABA in Britain and owner of Ash Rare Books since 1971, has set off on a self-styled book safari.  On his election to the ABA, Worms promised his fellow ABA members that throughout his tenure he would travel around Britain in an attempt to see as many of them as possible.  He set off on his first trip earlier this month, traveling through the south and west of England, and k