What is the Americana Exchange?
By Michael Stillman
What is the Americana Exchange? Most people really don't know a lot about this site, but it has many useful features, some of which you may be missing out on. It is intended to provide many benefits for book collectors, sellers, librarians, auctioneers, researchers, and just about anyone else with an interest or need for information about antiquarian and rare books. What we find is many of our readers are familiar with a few of the site's features, but not most. So here is a quick review, and we hope you will find something new and interesting in the process.
First, a quick note about what it is not - a site about Americana. It started as a site about American books, but it took us about ten minutes to realize that our readers wanted information on all kinds of books, not just one field. However, once you choose a name and web address, it's hard to change, but you can call us "AE" for short.
Our services divide into two types, free and subscription. Most are free and very useful, but some are more expensive to provide, and without any paid services, it would be difficult to offer any, paid or free. Of course, we hope the free services will entice you to try the subscriber ones. However, there is no such requirement, and we don't check up to see if you have subscribed. So go ahead and use the free services all you want without subscribing. You don't have to feel guilty (but you may).
Auction Search. AE offers the only comprehensive book auction searches anywhere. By "auction search" we don't mean a search of auctions, but a search of all of the individual book and ephemera listings at upcoming auctions. The auction search enables you to conduct keyword searches of listings from the over 150 worldwide auction houses we track. There is nothing else like it anywhere. The number of listings searched usually runs from a few thousand to 20,000, depending on the time of year. Click here to try a search.
Auction Calendar. This is a calendar of upcoming auction dates, subjects and places, along with complete listings as soon as available. It also displays recently completed auctions (past 60 days) with results. Click here for this month's calendar. Arrows for previous and next month's listings can be found on the top corners of the calendar.