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Prancercise: The Book by Joanna Rohrback

By now, if you are someone who finds themselves mired in internet from time to time, you may well have already experienced the joyous phenomenon that is Prancercise. If you are yet unfamiliar, let me help you – Prancercise is much what the name implies – a fitness program that combines prancing, sashaying, cantering, trotting […]

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Penguin’s Glorious Science Fiction Covers

One of the reasons Penguin books has been so successful over the years is its history of creating fantastic book covers. Happily, the Penguin science fiction series is no different. From the campy cartoon style creatures and ridiculous buxom babes of space opera, to the darkly stylized futuristic cities in dystopian futures, Penguin embraces all […]

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Stories of the Notorious

People have a grim fascination with shocking stories – and the more outrageous, the better. From gambling and gunmen to insider trading and infidelity, we find it difficult to turn away from a spectacle. The publishing industry has always appreciated the value of guilty pleasures, as has the news media. These books about the darker […]

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Print Copies Only: Stephen King’s “Joyland” Not for E-Readers

An interesting decision (and something of an about-face from a decade ago) from Stephen King recently. The incredibly prolific novelist and master of the macabre announced that his newest novel, Joyland, will be available in print only for the foreseeable future. He has not released the rights to a digital copy, and claims he has […]

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Books Found on Brooklyn Stoops, and Other Book Love

One of the (many) things I love about being a booklover is the feeling of global community that gives me. If one isn’t a booklover, I imagine he or she can’t understand the perverse joy felt at the connection of millions of people across the globe, reading, sharing, reviewing, lending, buying, selling, and of course […]

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Beautiful Devotion: Illuminated Manuscripts

First created over 2000 years ago, illuminated manuscripts had drawings or paintings of ornate initials, borders, flowers, vines and other decoration to accompany text. A true illuminated manuscript was made without machines. Frequently in devotional prayer books, the most exceptional art served as a status symbol. Nowadays, original illuminated manuscripts are highly scarce. But due […]

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2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Contest

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in August, 2013 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. The Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists […]

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Call The Midwife Was a Book First

My husband and I are expecting our first baby. It’s an exciting, wonderful, strange and occasionally terrifying time, as anyone who has been through it will remember. Both medically and emotionally, it’s an absolutely fascinating process that is affecting parts of my body and both of our hearts that neither of us ever expected. To […]

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Leporello and Concertina Books

The term leporello refers to printed material folded into an accordion-pleat style. Also sometimes known as a concertina fold, it is a method of parallel folding with the folds alternating between front and back. The name likely comes from the manservant, Leporello, in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Famed rogue and lover Don Giovanni (in Italian […]

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A Book Collection in One Click

It can take decades to assemble a half decent collection of rare books…or you could just buy a ready-made collection with a single click. Booksellers on AbeBooks offer hundreds of ‘instant collections’ ranging from a complete set of the Flashman novels to Andrew Lang’s 12 Fairy books and Henning Mankell’s Wallander Series. These book sets […]

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