Category Archives: Books

Bookstore Tourism: Austin

Over the years I’ve visit dozens of library book sales and used book outlets, but I think that Austin, Texas has to have the biggest bookstore. Situated in an unappealing stripmall. Recycled Reads is a surprising find. The city of Austin has … Continue reading

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There and back again

A buyer recently contacted me to help him find an American first edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  Since the amount that he was willing to pay was ridiculously below the usual prices that the title brings, I didn’t even bother … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism : Tokyo (with a twist)

Conceived by a group of book loving entrepreneurs that includes Smiles and Morioka Shoten (the booksellers behind the “single room, single book, bookshop), Bunkitsu opened on December 11, 2018 in a sprawling space that was previously occupied by Aoyama Book Center in … Continue reading

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It’s Always Sunny In South Philadelphia

Tomorrow a new indie bookstore is having its official grand opening in south Philly. A Novel Idea, which has had a gradual soft roll-out over the past few weeks, is owned and managed by writer Christina Rosso-Schneider and her artist husband Alexander … Continue reading

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Yes! We Have No Bananas

Unlike most civilized nations the United States does not deem a work to be in the public domain according to who created it (i.e. established by the death date of its creator), but rather when it was published. As you may know, in … Continue reading

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Best Books of the Year (or some of)

For the past month or so we’ve seen the annual steady stream of “Best Books of the Year” lists from websites, bloggers, magazines, critics, and newspapers. So, I thought that I would share my own unsolicited list. If you are … Continue reading

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The Book of the Future

 

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Library Porn

Every bibliophile that I know would love to have one of these in their neighborhood. This stunning little library was designed by Shulin Forest Architects to be a serene reading space for the book-loving village of Liangjiashan in Zhejiang Province, … Continue reading

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Confusion of Confusions

With all of the recent maddening gyrations in the world’s stock markets, maybe the capitalist nabobs pulling the strings could benefit from perusing this 17th century financial guide recently up for auction by Sotheby’s Rare Book and Manuscript auctioneers. The … Continue reading

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America 2018

The Land of the Living Dead: a Narrative of the Perilous Sojourn therein of George Cowper, Mariner, in the Year 1835. Neal Fyne. London: Henry J. Drane, n.d. [1897]. Illustrations by E. A. Holloway. First edition. Fantastic adventure fiction. Castaways … Continue reading

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