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The Antiquarians Join World Book Day April 20, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Reading / Literacy

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has joined this year’s World Book & Copyright Day celebration in a big way.  All over the world antiquarian booksellers will be holding pop-up book fairs to offer “a stunning selection of rare books, prints, manuscripts and ephemera to promote the trade of old and rare books and to support the UNESCO literacy projects in Africa.” These pop-up book fairs will surely provide visitors with a chance to peruse…

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Critics choose the greatest children’s books of all time April 6, 2015 – Posted in: books, Bookselling / Collecting, Content

At BBC Culture Jane Ciabattari  surveyed dozens of the leading book critics around the world to find out what are the best children’s books (for ages 10 and under) ever published in English. When all was said and done 151 titles were mentioned by the critics. Here are the top 11 with links to collectible copies currently on the market: 1. Charlotte’s Web 2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 3. Where the Wild Things Are 4. Alices’ Adventures inWonderland 5. Little…

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Al-Mutanabi street, Baghdad’s book row, gets its first female bookseller March 24, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content

Al-Mutanabi Street is the historic center of the book universe in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad. It is a street lined with booksellers and has served as the intellectual and literary hub of the city since the 8th century.  Now it has its first women bookseller, 22-year old Ruqaya Fawziya.  Speaking of her new endeavor she says: In the beginning not only my family, anyone I would speak to about my idea to sell books at Al-Mutanabi…

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Another clue that Barnes & Noble is circling back to its print origins March 18, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Bookselling / Collecting, Content, product design

Coming soon to a Barnes & Noble near you are these newly redesigned shopping bags featuring the first pages from classic novels. The goal of the new design is to promote the physical experience of visiting a store and handling printed books while sharing text and illustrations from select classics. “The bag serves as advertisement and reminder of the bookstore and thus is an essential part of the brand’s communications…However, this new shopping bag series does…

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Jack Kerouac: A Birthday Salute March 12, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

First Edition of the On the Road, 1957 Today is the birthday of Jack Kerouac. Best known as the father of The Beat Generation his spontaneous prose style changed the game, bringing a fresh approach to the novel. Kerouac’s iconic status shows no signs of letting up. All is books are still in print and his masterpiece On the Road remains a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations. On his spontaneous writing style: Many of his…

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