January 08, 2010
Books You Can Live Without
an 81-year-old bookseller at one of the largest used bookstores in
November 22, 2009
Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries
March 16, 2009
Five million books, free for the asking
Thousands in scramble for free books after Amazon supplier abandons warehouse. The warehouse, whose lease recently ran out, once contained as many as five million books destined to be sold online.
A visit to Books For Cooks in Notting Hills, London, by a Swiss gastronom
September 25, 2008
No sheep allowed
Through summer's sweltering heat, through the monsoon season's torrential downpours and even after the city's recent accumulation of air-conditioned shopping malls, Sandhya Tiwary, 20, and her friends remain loyal to their afternoon strolls through the crowded, muddy lanes of College Street, long known as India's "neighborhood of books."
It's 3 p.m., just after their university classes. On a bustling street corner, Tiwary and her friends eat a quick lunch of Kolkata's favorite street food: steaming, egg-dipped chicken Kathi rolls -- with a side of freshly churned yogurt served in a salmon-colored earthen pot. Then, the group takes off to browse the secondhand -- and sometimes third- or fourth-hand -- books.
The 1,200 dilapidated bookstore kiosks create a maze of roadside cubbyholes stacked with dusty dictionaries in Hindi, underlined chemistry textbooks in Urdu and dozens of worn copies of a three-volume "History of West Bengal." Nearby are piles of "Mars and Venus in the Bedroom."
August 07, 2008
Where books go to die
A book town is a small rural town or village in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Book Towns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty.
April 19, 2008
Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man
In 1951, George Whitman opened a bookshop-commune in Paris. George, 92, still runs his "den of anarchists disguised as a bookstore," offering free, dirty beds to poor literati, cutting his hair with a candle and gluing the carpet with pancake batter. More than 40,000 poets, travelers and political activists have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, writing or stealing books, throwing parties and making soup or love while living with George's generosity and fits of anger. Illustrious guests include Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Jacques Prévert, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Welcome to the makeshift utopia of the last member of the Beat Generation
A blog about bookshelves
“Sacred Hunger tells the story of the Liverpool Merchant, an 18th century slaving ship that engages in the infamous Triangle Trade. The largely conscripted crew carries firearms to the west coast of Africa and trades them there for slaves, who are packed into a ship's hold with a ceiling so low they cannot rise from their knees during the entire Atlantic crossing. This is the infamous "middle passage" that brings them to the West Indies, where they are then sold for sugar that will be brought back to England.
It's as brutal a portrait of human behavior as you're ever going to read….”
Completely unrelated: Put that can where your mouth is (YT)
(No Time to blog tonight. Sorry)
February 03, 2008
Book Store Made in Heaven
Just ended on eBay: Auction for the Wycliffite New Testament ca. 1400. Closing bid; US $399,100.00. The seller supposedly is The Bible Museum, according to The Little professor. More about Wycliffite editions and some choice bookbinding samples at Bridwell Library
Selexyz Dominicanen, a Book Store Made in Heaven, erected inside a former 800 year old Dominican church
A Castle of Books in Stanton, CA
September 15, 2007
On May 27, 2007, Tom Wayne and W.E. Leathem, of Prospero's Books, a used book store in Kansas City, publicly burned a portion of his inventory to protest society's increasing indifference to the printed word. The protest was interrupted by the Kansas City Fire Department on the grounds that the owners had failed to obtain the required permits. Book burning on wikipedia
Berlin bookshop windows
The crew at Better World Books warehouse in Mishawaka, IN
March 21, 2007
The Booksellers of Mutanabi Street
World’s Most Dangerous Bookstore
Bookstore Tourism is a type of "cultural tourism" that promotes independent bookstores as a group travel destination
August 16, 2006
“I will be returning the book I bought from you. I didn't like the plot”
“Hi, I am looking for an old book.
What's the title?
I don't remember.
OK. Who is the author?
Sorry, can't remember that either.
OK, you are making it a little tough here. What was it about?
I don't remember. But it was my favorite book when I was little.
I don't think I can help you.
OK, thanks for your help.”
Among Portland's sexiest staffs are restaurants, bars and Powell’s
December 12, 2005
Bookstore Hall of Fame
Robert Teeter's Bookstore Hall of Fame is his list of great bookstores. They are characterized by a large selection of books in numerous subjects, with a particularly wide range of literature, and independence of spirit
The History of Gay Bookstores
Book Hunting in Britain: The best bookshop in the world is Tindley and Chapman at 4 Cecil Court, an all-antiquarian pedestrian lane in the West End, just off Charing Cross Road, the old center of the London book trade. (Part 2 of a 5 part series)
Biblio, the online marketplace for buying and selling used, rare, and out-of-print books
March 01, 2005
Sarcasmo about used-book shopping
Terminology of the book trade: From a.e.g. to Zowie
Odd Books I Like, dedicated to that constant source of delight and wonder, the second-hand bookshop
Acres of Books in Long Beach, California's largest second-hand bookstore. (Warning: Bach in background!)
Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco has agreed to allow its estimated 20,000 books to be reclassified by color
Monowi, NEB, Pop.: 1 Plus 5,000 Volumes
The Zen of Jeff Bezos: Amazon creates demand for hard-to-find products
November 07, 2004
Alex Adelman is Leaving Amazon
Mystery reader is censoring swear words at Layton library
TASCHEN Store Los Angeles: 354 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210
Books N Bits is the first bookstore in Southern California where you can find all you want to know about India, Iran and Pakistan. In Artesia (“Little India”)
Zubal Books , used and antiquarian titles in Cleveland, Ohio
Builders Booksource in Berkeley
April 28, 2004
Death of the independent book store
Twelve reasons for the death of small and independent book stores from the "Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop", which closed its doors after 29 years
Self-portrait at World's biggest bookstore (the actual name of the store) in toronto
Stump the Bookseller - Have you forgotten the title of your favorite children's book? This is a service to help solve your book mysteries
Libraries that loan Picassos, not Grishams
Donkey library- Donkey mobile units use electro-communication carts, which have solar units on the roof. As a result of these solar units, solar energy charges a battery, which provides the electric power. Furthermore, many electronic materials are used in this cart; for example, in the back of the cart, there are storage cabinets for batteries, inverters, books, music disks, records, and videocassettes. Consequently, eighty-six percent of the population in the area served by these donkey libraries can now read. Also, Camel library
January 31, 2004
Here are the 2003 “Grow-a-Brain” Bookstores Links.
225 Fearless Independent Bookstores - 9/25/03
Assalamu alaykum to the Internet - Islamic Bookstore
"Bodhi Tree" on Melsrose Ave. in Los Angeles (See the Gallery!)
Cody's Books Blog - 9/14/03
Directory of the American Booksellers Association, 4,500 stores
Foyles, the bookstore on 113 Charing Cross in London, is 100 years old.
Jeff Bezos with a gun
Kabul bookseller wants 'honor restored' from Norwegian Author - 9/19/03
Must airport bookstores be so lousy? - 10/31/03
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts)
Tattered Cover On-Line in Denver
The bookman in Orange County - Best Used Bookstore, 8 of 8 Years - Orange County Register Readers' Choice Award
U.S. Government Printing Office will be closing all of its bookstores nationwide - yea, who needs to read any more?...
Virginia Woolf's "The sudden capricious friendship with secondhand books" - 9/16/03