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Database system for Antiquarian Booksellers

Bookseller was first developed in 1993. Initially the program was customised to some extent for each new customer. In most cases as new features were requested they were incorporated into the main version of the program. In 1997 the first standard version was released; by this stage the program included a very comprehensive set of features.

A complete feature list would be very long. Some features are fairly obscure - eg if you want to record more than the publication year, the program can sort by season and month (in English, French and German) as well as the year. Useful if you create catalogues of journals but probably not useful for many users. Below is a list of the main features.


  • Stock management
    • very fast searching - every word in every field is searchable
    • flexible searching - case and word order can be ignored, words need not be complete
    • creation of fully-formatted catalogues
    • catalogue history tracking for each book
    • catalogues in alternative currencies
    • creation of books slips
    • export of any set of records for upload to websites
    • creation of webpages (ie static, html files)
    • tagging records (independing tagging per user on a network)
    • saved sets - grouping of set of records for any purpose
    • multiple entry options
    • multiple list view options
    • monitoring of customer wants as new entries are made
    • monitoring of existing copies of book (in stock or sold)
    • extensive sort options
    • facilities for recording all puchase details
    • purchase totals calculated for any set of records
    • many reports including stock ageing, subject distribution by percentage
    • facility to record purchase of shared stock
    • spell checking
  • Customer management
    • contact categories (eg private, trade, institution etc.)
    • storing of wants (specific books)
    • interests (general)
    • purchase history (eg invoice list, items purchased, totals spent)
    • catalogue history (eg catalogues sent/ avg. purchase/catalogue)
    • mailing labels
    • correspondence
    • quick search facility - all contact details can be searched simultaneously
  • Archived stock
    • stock items automatically archived when sold
    • any combination of field searchable
    • sold items can be copied as a new stock record
    • many sales reports including by year, month, country, how sold (Internet/shop/bookfair), customer, by total or percentage etc..
  • Invoicing
    • any number of items per invoice
    • VAT can be included on all or individual items
    • discounts as percentage or fixed amount
    • totals displayed in alternative currencies
    • reports including year/month, ageing report, gross margin analysis, customer
    • payments - type of payment / multiple or part payment
    • items can be returned, and credit notes created