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The running of our successful York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) has been handed over to the ABA Educational Trust. YABS is a popular educational programme that teaches aspiring booksellers the basics of the rare book trade. Taught by leading members of the UK and international book trade, the course is aimed at both complete beginners and more experienced book dealers continuing their professional development.

We founded the not-for-profit course in 2014 with fellow director Jonathan Kearns. From 2022, YABS will be steered by the charity arm of the ABA,
the ABA Educational Trust.

As YABS organisers. we’ve hosted over 200 students through seven annual seminars. The feedback every year has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s a special event, based on sharing knowledge within the trade. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved on behalf of our students and we’re ready to hand it over to new organisers.

YABS has sold out every year with a waiting list for the next year. After a year off in 2020, the 2021 event was our largest to date with 31 students attending. It goes without saying this wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the many people involved in the event, including speakers, faculty, scholarship providers, sponsors and the ABA and PBFA trade associations.

We’re excited to see how the ABA will develop the seminar.
YORK ANTIQUARIAN BOOK SEMINAR:
TRAIN TO BE A BOOKSELLER
YABS teaches would-be booksellers the nuts and bolts of the rare and second-hand booktrade.

Bookselling procedures and techniques are discussed through a series of lectures, discussions, and practical hands-on workshops. The focus is on successful post-pandemic cataloguing, pricing and bookselling.

Find out more about the annual four day seminar programme at yabseminar.com
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