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Life in the Old Goat yet – a bookseller profile


A newspaper in Waterloo, Ontario, has profiled Michael Loubert, one of our booksellers and the owner of the wonderfully named Old Goat Books.

Michael opened Old Goat Books in March 2001 and has sold with AbeBooks since October 2002. The shop offers over 24 000 books and more than 16,000 are online with our marketplace.

It’s an interesting article about life in the used book trade.

Loubert is guided by general rules that evolved from his long experience in the trade. He buys books that are in good shape, and books that have a market. Poetry does surprisingly well, and Charles Bukowski’s books fly off the shelves.

He does not stock political biographies or hardcover editions of popular fiction. The demand simply does not last. But science fiction and fantasy have a large, loyal following and are always in demand.

Loubert almost always buys up books by Philip K. Dick , J.R.R.Tolkien, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, Truman Capote, Henry Miller, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Lawrence and Alice Munro.

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