Welcome to the official web site of the The Federation of Masked Booksellers. We don't expect you've heard of us for reasons which you'll find on our About FMB page. Basically, the FMB is an association of groups that raise money for charity by selling unwanted books. People give us books or we try to be around charity shops when they are throwing out books they don't think they can sell and libraries when they are throwing out books they don't think people want to read. These books would probably end up in landfill - in which case FMB is doing its bit to combat global warming - or they could be pulped to be turned into yet another political or show bizz biography - or even.... copies of the daily mail!
The Federation of Masked Booksellers is a free exchange for ideas and information useful to Masked Bookseller groups with the following aims:
- and we wear masks while we're doing it. Eccentric, but why?? To find out, see About FMB. Masked Booksellers are also passionate about books and enjoy finding innovative ways of displaying their stock. The shambolic fiasco in the photo on the left (seen in the Portobello Road) was clearly not perpetrated by a member of an FMB group.Masked Booksellers to the rescue: disposing of an unwanted telly at the local waste disposal site, two off-duty Masked Booksellers pull up behind a car with an open tailgate. They can see some books in the car:
(Horrified) "Is he going to throw those books in the skip?"
The Masked Booksellers jump out of their car, approach the elderly man, who is just on the point of skipping some books and ask if they could have them instead. It's the classic Josiah Saithwaite moment that every Masked Bookseller hopes one day will happen to them! They explain briefly that they sell books for charity and the man says he used to take books to a charity shop until he got done for parking and the charity shop people refused to tell the traffic warden that he was unloading. He had already thrown some books in the skip but at least ExLibris get the rest (an eclectic mix, some in good condition, including a Japanese dictionary).
Book rescue. It's what we do. A Masked Bookseller must be ready to intervene at all times. And to find out who Josiah Saithwaite was, click About FMB.
Finally on the right is a candid shot of "bookseller" Quamir Hashim in action. For heaven's sake, Quamir, pull yourself together man!
Here at FMB central, we're getting complaints from many member groups that book donations are being left outside FMB premises IN THE RAIN!! I know, hard to believe there are people around who could do that, and some of what we've been hearing is too painful to relate. All FMB groups are thankful for donations of books but:
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE BOOK DONATIONS OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN.
WE CAN'T SELL BOOKS DAMAGED BY WATER - THEY JUST HAVE TO BE CONSIGNED TO THE RECYCLING BIN.