About Us

Read’Em Again Books is actually just me and my wife. My name is Kurt Sanftleben, and my wife's name is Gail.

We first started buying and selling collectible books in 1992 as a hobby.  At the time I was on active duty, serving as an Army officer at the joint command located in Norfolk, Virginia, and Gail was working as a Navy civilian at the regional Healthcare Support Office.  After I retired from the military, we moved to Northern Virginia when I accepted a dual-hatted civilian position as the Director of the Marine Corps Research Center and a Vice President at the Marine Corps University, and Gail became the Deputy Director for DoD/VA partnerships at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.  Although we are both now completely retired from our day jobs--we are still selling books.  If you're interested in learning more about our background, please visit our "Staff" page.  

After we jumped on the eBay bandwagon in 1999, our book sales increased considerably, and we decided to open an on-line store and start selling at regional book fairs and antique shows. We set up across the country at several book fairs and stamp shows each year..  Most of our business today comes from our catalog sales.

Our memberships in professional trade organizations include the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Independent On-Line Booksellers Association (IOBA), the Manuscript Society, the Ephemera Society of America, the American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA), the American Philatelic Society (APS), and the U. S. Philatelic Classics Society.

We often get asked if Read’Em Again Books has a "specialty." The truth is that there really isn’t one in the traditional sense. We buy and sell things we like. Generally that includes most Americana (especially unique items--such as diaries, journals, correspondence collections, photograph albums, etc.--that tell a interesting personal narrative) and postal history, as well as hard-to-find titles in children’s series, photoplays, fairy tales, illustrated books, pop-ups and movable books, scouting items, and unusual non-fiction, especially baseball and other sports, cooking, and military. We also often have  trade cards, postcards, stereoviews, billheads, advertising covers, maps, prints, and other assorted ephemera available for sale.  Additionally, we buy and sell some other collectibles--primarily antique children's toys and games, breweriana, and tobacciana.

We welcome telephone calls, but you’ll probably get to us faster by sending an email message to info@read-em-again.com.