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Here comes Bookshop.org! February 13, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Have we reached the tipping point? Could this finally be the viable independent alternative to Amazon? Have we accepted the reality that cheap and fast does not equal healthy and does little to foster community sustainability? A tall order for sure but the timing might be a bit better than past efforts to compete against the Godzilla of bookselling. Enter Bookshop.org: Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and…

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International flavor comes to America: Early Ethnic cookbooks February 9, 2020 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Exhibits, Special Collections

Chinese-Japanese Cook Book by Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna [pseud.], Chicago, Rand McNally [c1914]. First Edition The folks at Rare Books Digest have put together an informative list of first appearances of various ethnic cookbooks in America. From the 1828 first American publication of a French cookbook to the first Greek cookbook that, amazingly enough, wasn’t published in this country until 1942! Here’s a sampling.  El cocinero español by Encarnación Pinedo. San Francisco, 1898. This…

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Significant LBGT collection goes to the University of London February 7, 2020 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, bookshops, Content

Jonathan Cutbill, the co-founder of Gay’s The Word bookshop in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood who died last year, has left his collection of 30,000 LBGT+ items to the University of London.  The collection, which has items dating back to 1760, will arrive having already been completely cataloged and cross referenced by Cutbill. Cutbill has been at the forefront of the LGBT struggle for justice for years. In 1984 his shop was raided by customs officers and…

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Another beautiful book space appears in China, this one in a paddy field January 30, 2020 – Posted in: books in design, bookshops, Content, Interior Design

Beijing based Trace Architecture Office has devised this beautiful bookshop to sit between the walls of an old abandoned building in rural China. The shop sits on a paddy field on the outskirts of Xiadi Village in Fuijian province and will be operated by Librairie Avant-Garde, an independent book shop with locations across China. You might remember the name Librairie Avant-Garde, for many believe their shop beneath Wutaichan Stadium in Nanjing is the most beautiful…

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Sean Doolittle: Independent Bookseller’s MVP January 27, 2020 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Reading / Literacy

Last April, Sean Doolittle, the closer for the World Champion Washington Nationals, started sharing on social media what he was reading and the independent bookstores he shopped at during each major league stop. Now, Doolittle has teamed up with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to become 2020 Indie #BookstoreDay Ambassador. “I’m really looking forward to promoting these incredible local businesses that promote reading and literacy programs and authors and do so much to support their…

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