It is so easy to forget that there was bookselling going on before the Internet Age. For you nostalgic delectation here is a small insight into how it was done – STOCK CARDS!
We had boxes and boxes of these in every department and would use them to look up whether we stocked a book and also to place orders.
It was a simpler time 🙂
You can see from this card that we sold 362 copies of this Penguin edition Propertius: The Poems (the reorder quantities continue on the back of the card), it went into a reprint in November 1989 and that we initially subscribed 80 copies!
Our world has changed…