Welcome to www.booksatpbfa.com, the online bookselling site which was originally set up for the books of PBFA members but has now expanded to include the stock of professional booksellers who belong to other properly constituted association
If for any reason you are unable to get to a real book fair or bookshop, remember we never close. There is a whole range of secondhand , antiquarian and rare books, with subjects as diverse as children's and illustrated , topography and travel, sports, ornithology industrial history, books on scientific subjects, modern first editions, fine bindings in leather and original boards. You will you will find them here as well as books on almost any other subject. You may also find, drawings and manuscripts, maps and prints, autographed material and original artwork. Just type your interest into the 'keyword' field on the search form and off you go.
Please add us to your favourites. You can also register as a user and leave you wants list. We will then inform you by e-mail whenever an item on the site matches your 'want'.
We are particularly proud of a number of features of booksatpbfa.com
Our Virtual Fairs which give you an opportunity to view and buy items whose image is displayed gallery-style. Each Virtual Fair can have a distinctive theme or subject but recently we have held fairs containing items new to the site and these are proving very popular
We have an encryption system for credit card purchases
Because all transactions are between bookseller and customer and the site does not charge commission on sales, you should find that you can get a better deal from booksatpbfa than from the gigantic sites. Indeed, one of our sellers is offering free postage for any UK order over £10; it is worth checking the seller's pages for their terms and conditions. A number of our sellers sell only at booksatpbfa. Look for the red 'Exclusive to Booksatpbfa' which indicates this.
Our greatest advantage over some other bookselling sites, however, is that only professional booksellers can list here. This allows you to buy with confidence . Not only can you expect items to be properly described, but also, since all of our members subscribe to the exacting Code of Practice of their Association, in the unlikely event of a problem, we are here to help resolve matters.. We are also able to link you to actual Book Fairs, and you will find a calendar and brief details of the 100 or more fairs run by the PBFA by clicking on the cat at the top left of our frontpage You can also discover which Fairs a booksatpbfa bookseller will be attending by visiting their Seller Profile Page. We hope to provide you with a complete bookselling service, both at Fairs and in cyberspace.
We don't believe that the Internet will ever be able to replace the experience of holding a real book. Having said that, even the 100+ Fairs run by the PBFA and the ABA cannot hope to cover the whole of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and customers want books, maps, prints when they want them, not necessarily according to our calendar. We hope that booksatpbfa.com will reach customers unable to access fairs, and provide buying opportunities in between times. We also aim to provide an international service.
If you are a bookseller and would like to join us you need to be a member of a properly constituted association of booksellers to apply. For more information and to apply, click on "sell on booksatpbfa" on the frontpage of the site.
We hope to meet you in person, or on-line and wish you Good Book Hunting!