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Last week, we carried the news that an 'app' had been created, 'Clean Reader' which scanned electronic texts and replaced swear words with less offensive words.  Authors, of course, objected - and now we learn that so many authors wrote in to complain that all the titles in the 'app's' library have been removed.  Authors will see this as a victory over censorship!

Readers could be forgiven for thinking that there is a hidden message in the various recent news items.  See 'Ubiquitous Bookstore' news item below.  'Joseph Esposito' writes:  So a new bookstore is going to have to bring its offerings to where people are rather than the other way around  . . .  Do you think he may be behind the times?
  ILAB's innovative 'pop up book fairs', the 'Bus Stop Book Seats' in Detroit, and the popularity of the 'Free Little Libraries' suggest that there are many who are already 'bringing books to where people are'.  But may be dealers can also build on this idea?


International: Who said that water and rare books don't mix?
It is interesting and exciting the way the ILAB celebrations of UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 are shaping up. Around 30 ILAB events will 'pop up' across the world all within the same 24 hours; this is amazing!
  What a day of contrasts! Just in the United States alone the differences between Pop Up Fair locations are great! From Oak Knoll's old Opera House in New Castle, Delaware, built with its high ceilings by masons in 1879, to the elegant skyscraper premises of the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago, Illinois, where Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg might have had drinks, to a cool brew pub a short walk from downtown Portland, Oregon, there is plenty of diversity. Across the world the contrasts keep coming. Read more

UK: 'James Herriot' statue

A life-size statue of Alf Wight, better known by his pen name James Herriot, has been installed in a North Yorkshire market town. Wight wrote books which inspired the film and TV series All Creatures Great and Small.  The statue cost £60,000, including £25,000 left in a will to the World of James Herriot museum in Thirsk. Read more

UK: Clean Reader removes all titles - victory for authors (See SC 407)
'Chocolat' author Joanne Harris is claiming a 'small victory for the world of dirt' after an app that blanked out the profanities in books, replacing them with so-called clean alternatives, removed all titles from its online catalogue following a week of angry protests from writers. Read more

[See item in News and Comment - SC307)

USA: The strange, true tale of the naked bookseller
In Quartzsite, Arizona, at the sprawling Reader's Oasis Bookshop, readers can purchase their books from a man known as the naked bookseller. Also known as Paul Winer or Sweet Pie, the naked bookseller has been selling books for 24 years. Read more

[May be the climate helps but it's a bit extreme! Ed.]

Malaysia: Used books still preferred by Malaysians
Used books still remain a preferred choice for Malaysians to enrich knowledge despite the variety of gadgets available in the market nowadays. A Bernama survey came across ardent book collectors who choose to maintain a 'manual' lifestyle because for them, old books have very high sentimental value. Read more

Europe: Politician’s Books Came From Libraries Across Italy
The authorities pursuing a thread in one of the biggest rare book heists in Italian history said this week that some of the 20,000 books seized two years ago from the private Milan library of Marcello Dell’Utri, a former senator in prison for Mafia association, had been removed from public libraries and religious institutions across Italy. The Carabinieri police in Monza, outside Milan, said in a statement that a preliminary investigation had found among the books “the presence of works removed from public and ecclesiastical libraries, in a manner and at a time still unknown.” The books date from the 15th to the 19th centuries and are valued at several million dollars, the police added. Read more

UK: Winnie-the-Pooh made new: who should write the next chapters?
Another sequel to AA Milne’s children’s classic has been approved. 'Time to consider the authors who should write it', says Alison Flood (of the Guardian). 'We live deep in the Hundred Acre Wood in our house these days. My daughter is finally old enough to enjoy – to love, actually – AA Milne’s stories of Winnie and Piglet and Owl. I, alongside other classics from my own childhood such as Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf, The BFG, Pippi Longstocking and My Naughty Little Sister, am delighted to read them to her. (I love picture books, but wow, these are much more fun.) Read more

Wales: Doodles and poems found in Black Book of Carmarthen
Ghostly faces and snatches of text have been found hiding in one of Wales' oldest and most important books. The 750-year-old Black Book of Carmarthen is the first Welsh text to include medieval figures such as King Arthur and Merlin. But for hundreds of years never-before-seen poetry and pictures have been hidden to the naked eye. Now, thanks to high resolution photography and UV lighting, some of its secrets have finally been revealed. Read more

USA: The Ubiquitous Bookstore
Joseph Esposito writes: So a new bookstore is going to have to bring its offerings to where people are rather than the other way around; a new bookstore has to be ubiquitous . . . Great business advice often comes from unlikely sources.
  Generals always fight the last war. This maxim came to mind recently as a series of proposals has been bruited about concerning building online bookstores. The proposals, most of which are in the whisper stage, come from different quarters. 'How can we combat Amazon?' trade publishers ask. Read more

USA: Little Free Libraries: 5 years later, 25,000 in 50 states, 70 countries
We see them everywhere. Little Free Libraries that look like miniature barns, chalets, birdhouses, British telephone booths and other fancifully decorated structures. Inside are all kinds of books -- from romances to car repair -- that people can take without asking permission, checking out or purchasing. They are expected to replace the book with one of their own. "Our position is that we are a global asset," said Todd Bol, creator of the organisation whose motto is, "Take a book, return a book". Read more

UK: Is Amazon facing another fight?
The contract between 'Big Five' book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about to expire, and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider. Read more

[Last week, we reported that HarperCollins is using Twitter to sell books.  This move is either a way of bringing pressure to bear on Amazon - or - HarperCollins may have long terms plans to break away.  Of the latter, then we all ought to keep an eye on possible options for book dealers. Ed]


Scotland: Glasgow Botanic Book Fair, 3 to 6 April
The next Glasgow Botanics Book Fair takes place at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Hopkirk Buildings, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, Scotland G12 0UE. The fair runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm each day.
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UK: PBFA's Sherborne Book Fair, Saturday 4 April
The next Sherborne Book Fair takes place on Saturday 4 April at the Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry 31. Nineteen dealers will be offering a wide range of books at a price to make it worthwhile to visit!  To see the list of dealers and their speciality subjects - go to the PBFA website.
  Enquiries to Steven Fernando on 01935 816614 or

UK: Churchdown Book Fair, Sunday 5 April

A reminder that the next Churchdown Book Fair takes place this Sunday 5 April from 10am – 3.30pm at the Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH. It's easy to access: leave the M5 at Junction 11, then follow signs to Churchdown - the book fair will be signposted in village where there is ample free parking on site and a flat and easy access.
  Twenty plus dealers attend every month coming from the Midlands, South West and Wales. Admission 50p (Children under 16 free), trade free entry from 9.30am with card.
  Enquiries: Terry Sims 01452 546879 Email:

UK: Dedham Book Fair, 6 April
Easter Monday sees the return of the annual Dedham Book Fair. Dedham lies midway between Colchester and Ipswich, on the Essex/Suffolk borders.
  Dedham was immortalised in several of Constable's paintings. At this popular fair there will be a wide choice of books including topography, natural history, childrens, poetry, annuals, fiction and some postcards.
  Held at the Assembly Rooms (for 'satnav users' at CO7 6DE) open between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Easter Monday. Admission £1. Home made refreshments available.
It only happens once a year so don't miss it.
Enquiries to Chris Missing on 01245 361609 or visit

Ireland: Dublin City Book Fair, Easter Monday 6 April
The next Dublin City Book Fair takes place on Easter Monday, 6 March in the Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin. Doors will open at 11.00am and the fair closes at 5.00pm. Admission is €2.00 and the Fair is 'Disability Friendly'. (ie: no steps). Children, accompanied by adults are admitted free.
   Items on offer include 'Georgian Society Records' in 5 Volumes (Irish University Press), a pirate edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover, published 1928 and numbered; Wexford Gentry, Vol.1 and 2, signed, a large collection of Sailing and Nautical books as well as many thousands of interesting items. Dealers will offer free valuations on books and a bookbinder will be on hand to advise on restoration.
  See website for more information.

UK: New book fair planned in Kent 29 November - dealers invited
On Sunday the 29 November 2015 a new book fair will be held in the Crofton Halls, Crofton Road, ORPINGTON, Nr Bromley, Kent BR6 8PR. It will be the largest Book Fair in Kent.
  It is hoped there will be 30 experienced dealers with a great selection of quality antiquarian and secondhand books, printed ephemera and maps. Several booksellers who regularly attend major Fairs in the UK have already 'booked in'. The cost for a 6 foot table and space for stack is £34. The Fair will be open to the public between 10.00am and 3.00pm and there is parking on site.
  The venue is immediately adjacent to Orpington main line railway station (with very good access from Central London and the South East). There is an excellent bus service and is 5 minutes from the High Street and 15 minutes from the M25. Good publicity will be given to this event which if successful will be held two or three times a year.
  Any dealers interested or anyone wishing to be kept informed should contact Steve Marshall at Pantiles Bookshop, 13 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TD. Tel: 01892 618191 email:


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UK: Dominic Winter's Book Auction 8 April
Dominic Winter's 8 April Book auction catalogue (544 lots) is now available in print and online in various formats. The sale includes Middle Eastern & Other Travel, British Topography, Natural History, Maps, Decorative Prints & Original Art, Periodicals, Antiquarian, Jane Austen, French Literature & History, Decorative Bindings & Illustrated Books, Art Reference, General Literature, Cartons & Quantity.
  Highlight of the sale is likely to be a private collection of Jane Austen novels and books including good first editions of Pride and Prejudice (£20,0000-30,000), Emma (£4,000-6,000), Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (£4,000-6,000), Sense and Sensibility (£3,000-5,000) and Mansfield Park (£3,000-4,000).
  Also available are catalogues for sales on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April. The Friday sale comprises 192 lots of Islamic, Indian & Oriental Art, followed by 226 lots of Photography 1850-2000. The Saturday sale of 250 lots comprises Antique Furniture and Books, Paintings, Silver and Militaria, largely from the collection of the actor and historian Robert Hardy, CBE, FSA.
  For further information please visit the website or contact Lynne Shipley or Claire Pitts
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Words that have fallen out of use

Here is another - can you recall a word or phrase that has fallen out of use?

'Fudgel' (verb) meaning pretending to work.

(e.g. Our boss blocked access to Facebook out of suspicion we were fudgeling!)


UK: Bell Street Bookshop
For the foreseeable future, the Bell Street Bookshop is now closed as an open shop; a difficult decision after more than twenty-five years. We intend to keep the shop and use it as a base for our film and furnishing work.
  All enquiries should be directed our site in Chiswick - Fosters' Bookshop, which now also houses our internet stock, and the office.
  As a result of this change, we have extended the hours in Chiswick. It is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm, and Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm, except Easter and Christmas. There is also a new email address covering all aspects of the business  Stephen Foster, Fosters' Bookshop, 183 Chiswick High Road, London.

UK: Toby English, Wallingford
Toby writes: '32 years ago we opened a bookroom in the Lamb Arcade in Wallingford, and 21 years ago we moved 200 yards from there to our current bookshop at 10 St. Mary’s Street. We are moving again, 50 feet back the way we came, into offices at 6 St. Mary’s Street. Until the 20 April we are offering all the books & prints on the open shelves & walls of the shop at half the marked price.'
  'Although the books in the cabinets are NOT in the sale, if you fall in love with those we may be able to help you.'
  Enquiries: Toby English (01491) 836389 and

UK: Roadmaster Books
Malcolm Wright writes: 'Having now attained the grand age of 65, I have decided that after having six shops in Rochester & Chatham that I am going to concentrate on my writing of local books and for transport journals. Having started the first secondhand bookshop in Rochester (1976) since Rupert Croft Cooke's ventures in the late 40s & early 1950s he currently runs a small shop, with my wife Sue, in Rochester High Street on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.'
  The entire secondhand stock is available either as a whole or as separate sections. The shop is particularly good and known locally for its range of literature, theology, science & maths, geography, history and classical music as well as its two subject specialisms of: transport and local history. As well as books there is also a stock of over 5,000 classical CDs, cassettes and vinyl also available. There will be a clearance sale starting soon so any trade buyers are welcome to come along but we will be closed from 2 to 13 May on holiday and closed again on Saturday 16 May for a family event. Shop opening hours are between 10.00am and 4.30pm and we are located at 105 High Street in Rochester (opposite Subway & Frances Iles Art Gallery on the corner of the French Hospital (La Providence) of which the late Paul Minet was a governor! Whilst in Rochester there is also City Books & Baggins Book Bazaar to visit so why not spend the day in Rochester.
  Our phone numbers are: 01634 862843 outside shop hours and 07813632623 during shop hours. You can e:mail us on'


UK: The Bookhunter on Safari
Readers might like to follow Laurence Worms (ABA's immediate Past President), as he writes about the trade and the dealers he visits on his safari around the UK!
  Click on image to read his latest posting.

 Bookhunter on Safari


International: Sheppard's Trade Suppliers
This new service consists of a database that allows suppliers to appear under headings that apply to their business.  It is possible that some companies / traders might appear under more than one heading.
  To create a trade entry - select trade Suppliers from the menu on Sheppard's Confidential.  Complete the contact details and add a few words to promote your business.  You can also upload a photo to appear in your entry. 
  Your business / trading name will also appear in Sheppard's Confidential - which will keep your name in front of our many readers.  This goes every week except for the Christmas break.
  The list is also accessible via the Home Page on
  The cost of the service - as it is promoting your business to collectors and dealers in 44 countries - is just £12 per year.

Fair Organisers Promotion of Exhibitors' Top Titles  

Fair organisers can now offer additional promotion of dealers' titles that they intend to bring to the event.  If a fair manager can obtain details of the top three titles from their exhibitors, paste them into the template provided and send the result by-mail to us, we will convert it to a PDF and attach it to a display panel to go out to collectors and dealers via Sheppard's Confidential.
  The main benefit is that the list will be brought to the notice of all our readers rather than sitting on a website which is passive.
  Most of our services are free but we are asking £10 for the insertion per fair - whether it is inserted into one or more more editions of Sheppard's Confidential.
  For more information, write to 

A reminder about our e-mail service
Readers who also subscribe to search our database (Sheppard's World or Find a Dealer) know that it is possible to send an e-mail to selected dealers with 'offers' or 'books wanted'.  When creating e-mails, the sender cannot see the recipient's e-mail address so if the recipient does not reply, the sender will never know their address.

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We ask ALL dealers registered on Sheppard's World to visit their entry at least once a year (See Para in our Conditions) to correct and make any amendments to their entry which our paying subscribers expect to be current.
  If you think your entry might be incorrect, please update it as soon as possible.

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Past editions can be found on our website.  We show the last 16 editions - all of which are in a PDF format.  Earlier ones are available but on request.
  Please note that shortly, any past editions retained in the original HTML format by our readers for reference will find that the advertisements and images will disappear.
  We recommend that you download a PDF version for permanent retention.

Searching dealers' catalogues
We have a large number of dealers' catalogues on and these can be searched using Acrobat Reader. For anyone not used to searching these catalogues - once the file has been opened on your PC, there are two ways to search for a title. Either hold the Control key down (Ctrl) and hit `F' and enter all or part of the title, or click `Edit' then either `Find' or `Search'.
  When you find the title you seek - please contact the dealer direct - the information is usually at the start of the file.

Access to Sheppard's Confidential
Please note that you should use the same Logon ID and Password to access  There are calendars of fairs and auctions - and catalogues submitted by dealers. These are in PDF form so that you can search for titles within each catalogue.

Attention - organisers of Fairs, Auctions and Festivals
If dates for next year's events are known - do create new entries as soon as possible. Dealers and trade members who organise book fairs, auctions and festivals can create entries for the events they are organising.   Although any late changes must still be sent in by e-mail, we have made a major improvement.
  The entry form used to create entries has been changed.  For those organisers of multiple fairs where the majority of details remain the same for each month - the form now allows you to save the first entry - and use the same entry with amendments of date, or time etc. for the next entry.  This is designed to save you time in creating entries.
  To create the entry, use the same LoginID (as for Sheppard's World) and password but on the sister website - preview existing entries (in case we have it already) then select `Add New Entry'.
  All entries will be checked before they appear live on the calendar - so please allow some 48 hours for this.  If your event is already there, please e-mail any amendment to


Catalogues on Sheppard's Confidential
Catalogues sent in are uploaded to our website where they can be searched and browsed.  Placing them on one location makes it quicker for users to locate catalogues containing the subjects of books in which they are interested.  So we welcome catalogues from all members of the trade.
 For anyone not used to searching these catalogues - once the file has been opened on your PC, there are two ways to search for a title. Either hold the Control key down (Ctrl) and hit `F', or click `Edit' then either `Find' or `Search'.
We now offer the additional service of converting your files into formats that suit devices such as 'smart phones', e-readers' and 'tablets'. But to obtain the best layout, please also send in your Word or HTML file.

If you use an iPad and have had difficulty in seeing PDF files, please download iDownloader to your device first.

During 2014 our site attracted a huge number of visits from the public, collectors and dealers. In the 12 months of last year, 43,400 people visited the summary page of catalogues - that's over 3,600 a month. And over 5,540 downloads resulted of which 4,700 were PDF files. One feature of our site is that visitors can search across ALL the PDF files in one hit using a key word or expression.
  This shortens the search time and makes the site a very effective. So it is well worth your time to have your catalogues added.

Catalogues received this week include:

Gaston Renard Pty Ltd (Languages and Dictionaries)
Douglas Stewart Fine Books Pty Ltd (April's Acquisitions)

Sophia  Rare Books (New York Book Fair edition)

Grosvenor Prints (Satire, caricature, engravings, mezzotints, drolls)
St Philip's Books (Art, Biography, Literature; Major 20th-Century Authors,
    Scholastic, Spirituality, Philosophy, Fine & Rare; Church History, New Testament)

To download these and all others - there are over 100 listed - go to: Catalogues

Please contact dealers direct and mention where you saw the book! Note that catalogues remain on view for approximately four to seven weeks.
  New catalogues are always welcome. If you have one, then please send it to us at:
 Note: Files please in a PDF format but we can convert Word and HTML files. If possible please add your contact details at the top of the first page, a summary of subjects and a total of items on the first page after the cover.


Letters to the Editor
[The views and opinions expressed in this letters column are not necessarily those of either the Editor or the Publisher. We welcome letters on any subject concerning the trade.]

Drones - No way!
Dear Sir
There is NO WAY that Amazon are ever going to use drones to deliver books or anything else. This is just a publicity stunt. The whole concept is unworkable.
  Will each drone have it's own 'pilot'? (Very economical) - they certainly won't be controlled by a computer. How will they deliver the books? Just leave them on the ground outside your house - they certainly won't be able to put them through the letter box. How will they avoid overhead phone/electricity lines, what happens when they pass through areas of 'no signal'? Batteries run out? Attacked or stolen? Don't Amazon deliver 1000s of books a day - 1000s of drones, I don't think so!
  I cannot understand why the media persists on running this story - it is just free publicity for Amazon and is complete twaddle. Garth O'Donnell, Bristol Books, Bristol.


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Certain Odd Anagrams
Codex Chiromantiae, Appendix A. Dactylomancy, Or Finger-Ring Magic, Ancient, Mediaeval And Modern.
Codex Chiromantiae, Being A Compleate Manualle Of Ye Science And Arte
Criminous Clerks
Down Those Mean Streets a Gentleman's Gentleman Must Go; or, What Ho Hornblower
Engraving a Diamond
Eocene Mollusca from Nigeria
Every Schoolboys Knows
Frost Fairs on the Thames
Hodges Against Chanot: Being The History Of A Celebrated Case.
Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society
Kisses Of Fate. A Study Of Mere Human Nature
Lady Macbeth. A Study.
Monkeys and Chimeras
Nature. A Weekly Journal Of Science
Old Men Remember
Our Noble Selves. A Portion of an Epic
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
Proceedings Royal Institution of Great Britain
Prolegomena Towards The Study of The Chalk Foraminifera
Queries: Past, Presemt & Future
Saxton Churchm Lead Chapel & Towton Church
suggestions for the improvement of the law of copyright
The Ancestry Of The Violin
The Cheetah-Girl
The Florist and Pomologist, and Suburban Gardner
The Gods of the Fourth World
The Heart of England
The Origin and Manufacture of Playing Cards
The Real Pirates of Borneo
Very Large Numbers
William Stickney 1764-1848 of Ridgemont
With the British Association in South Africa
Ye Magic Mirrour of Old Japan
Ye Roll of Ye Set of Odd Volumes

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