Monthly Archives: June 2008

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Summer Reading

Publishers are convinced that readers want unsubstantial books for summer reading, but I’m not sure where that comes from. Sure, winter’s cloistered depths are a great time to read Kafka and Tolstoy, huddled under heavy blankets locked in cold rooms inside, but who says that

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Newark needs a bookstore

The New York Times reports that in 2007, Newark, NJ “ranked last among the nation’s 69 largest cities in the number of bookstores per capita, with 15 stores for 281,000 people, or 0.53 stores per 10,000 residents.”  That sounds like an irresistible call to action

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Books and Their Natural Enemies

I recently realized I didn’t know as much as I thought about caring for books. As someone with several rare books, it seemed a good idea to get better informed. While the worst enemy of books is probably humans (ahem, guilty), this discussion is about

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Books on my nightstand…

The following books are on my nightstand, all currently being read. What can I say? I like to mix things up, depending on my mood: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Details of a Sunset and Other Stories by

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Who writes this stuff?

Yesterday our e-mail queues were assaulted by several e-mails which we believe to be pranks. Please see a sampling below and let us know if you have any clues about the perpetrator… “i think you guys should have a mascot or something: BiblioMan. and he

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Spam for breakfast

It’s the beginning of the work day, and the first job for the day is going through the hundreds of new emails to get rid of spam.  The volume of Spam email that manages to get through the spam filters is amazing.  I’ve become a

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar scholarship available

Just a reminder that is still accepting applications from booksellers to receive a scholarship to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar this August. Complete details are available at the previous link, but in a nutshell, we’re looking for a bookseller whose work or business

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Where has all the Sci-Fi gone?

First off, a confession. I grew up reading science fiction, and have read lots of it. There are different types of reading. I’ve read a lot of non-fiction for strictly education purposes, because I had to, or because I was interested in the subject. I

Adding photos to book listings

Bruce Hollingdrake has a great tip sheet over at The Bookshop Blog that helps unravel some of the mystery around getting book inventory photos online.  We know this can often be a stumbling point for booksellers as they grapple with the technology that surrounds the