The Gentle Start of a Book Collecting Obsession

A tweet from Jonathan Kearns at BiblioDeviant  led to a blog on “Collecting Golf Books” and a post on the obsession of a book collector. It resonates with anyone who has ever reflected on how gentle was the lure that pulled them into the depths of obsession. The writer departs from the blog’s usual focus […]

Letterpress Appreciation Day Sept. 18

If you are passionate about printing , don’t miss this once-a-year chance to operate an historic handpress and print a poster to take home with you. The  Jaffe Center for Book Arts (JCBA) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Libraries in Boca Raton, Florida, is holding an open house in honor of Letterpress Appreciation Day, on […]

H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Aug. 20, 1890

A Happy Birthday toast to H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15 1937), who is revered as a 20th century master of horror, fantasy, weird tales, and science fiction. According to Wikipedia, Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” and Joyce Carol Oates declared that Lovecraft exerted […]

Support World Book Night in U.S.

World Book Night is celebrated every year on April 23. You can help World Book Night reach their goals in the US in 2013 and beyond by making a tax-deductible donation of whatever you can. Every cent donated goes to help spread the love of reading. To make a quick and safe donation please use […]

A Hypothesis for the Mind-Body Problem

There’s a provocative article on Scribd under its “Trending” section:  “A Paradigm-Breaking Hypothesis for Solving the Mind-Body Problem” by Bernardo Kastrup in the journal  Paranthology. The author holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering, works in the high tech industry and has also worked at CERN according to his bio on Amazon. The article is a […] Elevates Role of Editors has had a makeover. If you are passionate about reading, publishing and the cross pollination of ideas, creative writing, art, social movements, academics and technology, check out the new The navigation is cleaner and easier. The homepage is much more compelling. Scribd has re-asserted the role of human editors and designers in selecting, […]

Book Hoarder Bares Obsession

  Mark Medley in his Confessions of a Book Hoarder essay, is a breath of fresh air. Medley edits the book blog for Canada’s National Post. As a book reviewer and editor, he could certainly justify his habit. Instead, he admits that he is powerless over books. He finally found friendly intervention from supportive colleagues, […]

Do You Love Old Books?

The faster we speed into the transparent, socialized world of e-books and digital readers, and the more brick and mortar bookstores that bite the dust, the more precious and rare become the books we leave behind, and the libraries that keep them. Not just illuminated manuscripts, or books rolled out centuries ago from Gutenberg technology, […]