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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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VHS Tapes = Cultural Artifacts: Yale acquires collection of 2700 VHS tapes March 5, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

From the late 1970s through much of the 1980s VHS, which stands for Video Home System, tapes were all the rage. They were the dominant form of home video entertainment and in many ways revolutionized the movie industry. It created the ability to watch movies in the home while also creating the opportunity to produce low budget films for the format. The technology is now beyond obsolete but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t value to be had. Yale University, the…

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Health update: Printed Books in Satisfactory Condition March 4, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops

artist rendering of Jeff Kinney’s forthcoming bookshop Lots of good news floating around recently on the health of the printed book. Jeff Kinney, author of the wildly popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series is opening a bookstore. “I feel angry that so many bookstores have gone away” Kinney told the Boston Globe. “People love books and they don’t want to see them go away. We’d like to be a part of that movement.” At Digital…

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Next up for coolest bookshop on the planet: Bucharest, Romania February 18, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Interior Design

The latest jaw-dropping bookshop to grace the planet is Cărtureşti Carusel (The Carousel of Light).  Opened by the Romanian bookshop chain Carturesti this concept store occupies a newly renovated 19th century architectural gem located in the heart of Bucharest. The 6 majestic floors will house books, music and DVD’s, a cafe, a multimedia event space and an art gallery. Cărtureşti Carusel facebook page New Magical Bookstore Opens Its Doors In Romania bored panda Previously on Book Patrol: Model Bookshop: The new Shonan…

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Bookshop Theater: A little “Misery” at Barnes and Noble January 27, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Content, Video

In 2011 Norfolk, Virginia’s The Generic Theater presented “a thrilling stage adaptation” of the Stephen King novel Misery. As part of the promotional festivities one of their actresses went to the local Barnes and Noble for a little publicity stunt. ‘Crazy Chick Flips Out in Barnes & Noble’ is how they titled it and what we get is a “Misery” infused encounter with an unsuspecting (?) employee. The actress is channeling the character Annie Wilkes (think Kathy…

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