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pablo-neurotic:

archivistic:

If you got more than three of these correct, you’re better at librarianing than me.

So fun. I got 13, see if you can beat me. 

Ugh, I only got 7. Have at it, all you librarians, educators and other bookish types who follow me. Don’t let me down..

— 3 months ago with 78 notes
#books  #quizes  #nerdy things 

I was thrilled to learn that an old friend from my early 90s bookstore days has just opened a bookstore with her family in Portland, ME. That’s right, I said opened a bookstore. The store is Letterpress Books, more info here.

A couple observations: I realized how spoiled I am in Boston to have 3 excellent bookstores within walking distance of where I live (plus others within the area but further away, plus some wonderful used bookstores) when I got to Maine, needed some last minute gifts, googled bookstores and found exactly two within all of the greater Portland area. (the above bookstore didn’t come up on my search). The nearest Barnes & Noble is 2 hours away in Augusta. It brought home the fact that if we aren’t careful, bookstores will be a luxury limited to large urban areas. As even owners of indie bookstores put out of business by B&N have begrudgingly pointed out, we’ve reached the point in some areas where if we don’t support B&N, some communities will be left with no accessible non-virtual bookstores. As someone who spends too little time out and about and too much time staring at a screen as it is, I find this sad. But I know I’m preaching to the choir here.

My friend said they’ve had great support from the community. I’ve been saying for some time that people who love books tend to love physical books, and love browsing for them in a physical bookstore (or library). The grateful reaction my friend is getting from the surrounding neighborhood backs this up. Here’s wishing my friend and her family the best.

— 3 months ago with 17 notes
#bookstores  #books 
hope

(This morning; Me; Landlord’s 7 year old granddaughter..)

Kid: Can I come upstairs and play Angry Birds on your phone?

Me: Ok sure

15 minutes later, kid puts down phone: Do you have any books?

— 1 year ago with 7 notes
#books 
I’ll admit it, I first read this as “Edited by Archie Bunker” and thought it was a great idea.

I’ll admit it, I first read this as “Edited by Archie Bunker” and thought it was a great idea.

(Source: vastandgrand)

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#even so I'd still like this  #philip larkin  #poetry  #books 
titivil:

onthemedia:

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re living in the future — flexible e-ink displays are here. Via Kottke

You know that thing with bears, where you don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than your friend? Does that work with robot overlords?

You know what would be really cool is if they could make the display super thin, and then maybe you could have a bunch of them, each one a separate page, and you could bind them together so you could flip through and.. oh.

titivil:

onthemedia:

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re living in the future — flexible e-ink displays are here. Via Kottke

You know that thing with bears, where you don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than your friend? Does that work with robot overlords?

You know what would be really cool is if they could make the display super thin, and then maybe you could have a bunch of them, each one a separate page, and you could bind them together so you could flip through and.. oh.

— 2 years ago with 34 notes
#books