Bookfever, IOBA

Volk & Iiams

Bookfever owners Chris Volk and Shep Iiams started selling online in 1993 on the Compuserve Book Collecting Forum; in 1997, they began listing on As full-time, mostly internet booksellers, they were able to move to a rural Northern California location in 1998. They are long-time members of IOBA (Independent Online Booksellers Association) where Chris was a past President and is current chair of the education committee. As pioneers in internet book selling, they have been featured in several major papers including: The New York Times "An Upstart Upsets The Old Book Cart", Los Angeles Times "Writing the book on childhood treasures", USA Today Weekend "In Search of Pages From the Past" and The Sacramento Bee "Remote Amador County Booksellers Thrive on Rarities".

Chris Volk & partner Shep Iiams getting books ready to ship to a customer

Among their specialties are African American literature and history, modern first editions including poetry, books by women authors, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy and horror; children's books from the hard-to-find first editions of classic children's books like Curious George - to pop-up books and juvenile series, especially the popular Trixie Belden, and less well-known, but still loved authors like Augusta Huiell Seaman. They have more than 30,000 books listed online, including 22,000 first editions and over 8,000 books signed by the author or illustrator, including some uncommon inscribed books.

Joyce Carol Oates signing for Bookfever

Within the field of modern first editions, Chris has been reading and collecting books by women authors for many years - among them, Joyce Carol Oates (shown signing above), Margaret Atwood, Alice Hoffman, Adrienne Rich, Maxine Hong Kingston, mystery writers Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Sue Grafton and others.

Signed books from Bookfever make great gifts - and are reasonably priced - with thousands of signed mysteries, signed science fiction and signed modern firsts under $50.00.

Science fiction books by Issac Asimov

Shep has been a science fiction fan since he was a boy and we have thousands of science fiction magazines and pulps in addition to our science fiction and fantasy and horror first editions. Shown above are some of our most collectible books by Isaac Asimov; we also have several books either signed or inscribed by Asimov. Shep and Chris are often at events like the World Science Fiction Convention - most recently, Sasquan in Spokane, Washington, where George R. R. Martin was one of attending authors - and the Nebula Awards weekend in San Jose, California.

Rural Amador County "bookhouse"

Although Bookfever is primarily an online seller, they participate both in antiquarian book fairs and events such as the mystery conventions Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime, and they welcome visitors to their store - Books Upstairs - #5 on historic Main Street in the gold rush town of Jackson, California. Bookfever offers free US shipping (including a free upgrade to priority mail on orders over $100), international shipping priced at actual cost, free gift wrapping in traditional paper or reusable cloth, careful packing and very personalized service.