[editor’s note] Paul Young has been a friend to The bookshop Blog from just about our start. We appreciate his constant input and would love if you went for a little visit to his online shop. Here is a little profile…
I’d been selling books (Amongst other items) on eBay for quite a few years
when the opportunity came to purchase a large collection of books from the
estate of printer, poet and Wagon and Star publisher Dion O’Donnol.
As his friends predeceased him he inherited a few personal libraries from
them so it is quite an eclectic collection.
I’m convinced that Dion would want his books to go to those who have a love
of books and I’ve found the internet to be a good way to find customers that
do want a particular volume or genre.
So far I’ve set up online sales through Alibris, Abe and my own website,
prying1books.com. I don’t plan on having a brick and mortar shop. Just
As time permits (at this point I still have a full time job as a
letterpress printer) I’ll be listing books in a haphazard fashion as far as
subject matter goes. I’ve found in the collection, fiction, non-fiction,
poetry (many lost, vanity press poets), history, biographies, travel,
Eastern religion, Oriental philosophy, archeology, sociology, romance,
collectibles, run of the mill, rare and scarce books and even a couple early
edition French cookbooks by Urbain Dubois.
Because the books are so diverse I find I cannot specialize on a particular
genre and have become a ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ so to speak. Need I add,
‘Master of none’.
I enjoy making friends with other booksellers and I find this website,
Bookshopblog.com, to be an invaluable meeting place. Quite an eclectic
collection of sellers and chock full of info they are willing to share. Lord
knows I need and appreciate it. Thanks for setting this up Bruce!