>Can someone tell me what sources booksellers use when they say they will
>do a "free search"? I can search on-line....what other ways do dealers do
>it, other than searching their own inventories and keeping an eye out for
>things as they acquire new stock?
1. There are a number of magazines which booksellers advertise their
search requests in. The AB Bookman's Weekly is substantially larger than
any other (probably larger than all the others put together) and includes
30 plus pages of wants each week as well as books for sale and articles
of interest on antiquarian books.
[Note AB does not accept want ads from individuals. They can advertise
books for sale. Subscriptions are $80/yr bulk mail or $125/yr first class
at PO BOX AB, Clifton, NJ 07015]
2. A number of the larger search services send out on a regular basis
(weekly, biweekly or monthly) a list of books wanted to book sellers
(If you want to see one on the web look at Abracadabra Books
Hopefully someone who is an expert on this will give a detailed
response to this question. Many of us have noticed a significant
decline in AB Bookman's Weekly (from 50 pages of wants a couple
years ago to 30 pages of wants a week now). I would be interested in
knowing what percent of books by search services are acquired via
online services vs print sources...