The Joy of Booking

by Bud Webster


We’re very happy to be publishing a new and expanded edition of Bud Webster’s The Joy of Booking.

Within these pages, you’ll learn all of the basics behind bookselling for the part-time, convention bookseller from stock selection and setup to pricing and shipping. With Bud’s many years of experience behind the dealer’s table, he is in a unique position to guide the newbie bookseller with his insights into the business, and to offer his personal thoughts as a life-long bibliophile.

Do booksellers get all the babes? Maybe. You’ll at least meet some very interesting folk in your journeys. And if you’re looking for a fun way to help ease the burden of convention costs, this is certainly one way to do it.

“Some might say that Bud Webster is a dinosaur. Unabashedly in love with real books printed on real paper, he has found a way to take something he would do anyway – press a book into someone’s hand and force them to read it – and make a little money doing it. In The Joy of Booking, he shows you, the new or hobbyist seller, how to do it too. Bud isn’t just a dinosaur – he’s a dinosaur in a fez!”

— Timothy Doyle, Collecting Science Fiction,


US orders: $10.00 + FREE SHIPPING until September 1, 2011

Non-US orders: $10.00 + $2.50 shipping until September 1, 2011


About the Author

Bud Webster’s lifetime experience in dealing books runs the range from the hucktser rooms to the big box stores. He’s an experienced retailer and is an affirmed life-long bibliophile.

Bud is also the author of Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF Anthologies, and  41 Above the Rest: An Index and Checklist for the Anthologies of Groff Conklin.  He regularly appears in The SFWA Bulletin, Black Gate Magazine, and Jim Baen’s Universe.