Ian Allan Publishing Gone...

Discussion in 'Modelling, Memorabilia & Publications' started by BlythPower, 23 Dec 2016.

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  1. RichmondCommu

    RichmondCommu Established Member

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    I hope so because Oakwood have published some really good books in the past. One that really stands out is the Wirksworth Branch.
     
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    WSP cannot remain the same !...Paul Karau,did not use computers for setting and neither did he have a website...The takeover which I use in the loosest sense by the owner of the Titfield Thunderbolt Bookshop,Simon Castens ,has developed a website within the on line shop....The books I feel will I believe move away from the very dull feel of the Paul Karau/WSP books,this is evidenced with publication of a book by Peter Barnfield.

    Oakwood....I don't know about this imprint as much ,but feel it will take time to get up and running ,as was a production line of books which were produced by a family group,the boss was mother who was 80 I believe when she sold out?

    Middleton Press next ?....The main parties in this publisher are in the 70/80's
     
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    Bramling ...Just noticed your comment ref rare book prices....As a seller,3/4 years ago ,Colin Giffords in tip top order,Each A Glimpse say ,would have got £50 plus,now £25-£30...George Dows 3 part Great Central,original pre Ian Allan copies in mint order,easy a £100,now £60 and that is mint condition and poss inc postage....Yes you can do what the US sellers do on Amazon list @£200 ,and wait and wait,or similar on e-bay,but you just sit and wait..

    Figures quoted are amounts I have received in last 3 months.

    Sorrow customers 90 % of time won't pay stupid money on line...That is the nature of the beast!
     
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    Mentioned above are Ian Allan's old direct sales team, and W H Smith's reducing number of rail books. Probably connected. Ian Allan personally used to maintain a very substantial relationship, through his sales staff, with Smith's, they were of course their No 1 retailer, and shop decision making was significantly at the local level so regular calls and contacts very likely kept their stock to the forefront on the shelves.

    Ian Allan wrote his own autobiography "Driven by Steam" some years ago and this regularly mentions the trade relationships they had with the print distribution trade.
     
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    I've been told that WHS store staff are now, at best, confined to choosing titles pertinent to their local area, and, even then, only from approved publishers, so the little local publisher is effectively excluded.
     
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    Yes and no. Here in Petersfield we have a very successful second hand bookshop run by John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood (yes that is his real name). People who really want a particular book will buy from specialist shops like his, but for mainstream stuff, yes the amount is only a token.
     
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    A great shame, the end of an era, still things move on and so many secondhand outlets exist on preserved railways now a days, offering very cheap books.
     
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