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The Robo-Librarian March 23, 2013

                        Trust the machine – Samantha Weber Seattle’s Evening Magazine visited the King County Public Library distribution center to profile the “Tin Man,” the largest book-sorting machine in the country and the humans that feed it. The monster is half the size of a football field and processes between 38-45,000 books a day. Its job is to Sort-Scan-Plop, Sort-Scan-Plop all day long. Interesting tidbit…

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Advertising on the dust jacket November 15, 2012

Dust jacket used by The Book Inn Lending Library, Seattle Washington ca. 1930′s.  Long before the Kindle Lending Library there were actual brick and mortar lending libraries. These were not public libraries but part of the offerings of book and department stores. Most charged a daily, weekly or monthly rate and many used their own printed dust jackets to both protect the book and as a revenue stream. Above is one used by The Book Inn…

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Walking in War & Peace July 13, 2010

click to enlarge For the next week A.K. “Mimi” Allin will be walking on a red carpet in Seattle’s Occidental Park reading Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace aloud. Dressed in the fashions of the period with a custom-made book harness strapped to her body; Allin stands at one end of the red carpet waiting for someone to accompany her down the aisle. Here’s how it works: Those who join me, tell me their full name…

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American Junkie June 10, 2010

 If you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror and knew you’d be a better rock star than anyone ever dreamed, and later that night made it ever more true by getting drunk and higher than Jesus, then you’ll like this book. If you’ve ever lined up coke or heroin but didn’t have the guts to shoot it straight to your blood, you’ll love this book. If you’ve ever wondered why people do drugs even…

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From the Square to the Hill: Elliott Bay Book Company is on the move December 10, 2009

Now it is official. The Elliott Bay Book Company, the retail centerpiece of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood for over 35 years, will be packing up and moving to Capitol Hill. It is a sad day. For the city as a whole, for Pioneer Square in particular and in some sense for EBBC as well. Our book shop has been a block or less away from EBBC for over 15 years. We have seen, felt and…

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