The Biblio Files
- Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
- January 01
- We (Steve and Helen) irresponsibly gave up our promising careers in aviation and bookselling over ten years ago. Now books seem to have taken over our lives. We frequent libraries, bookstores, and thrift shops in search of interesting books. We buy/swap/sell, but mainly, we read. We both wear glasses and have been mistaken for librarians.
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Crabby Pilgrim (an
July 26, 2013 12:13AM
- Barnes & Noble's Nook Unit
Falls Off. Ouch.
February 28, 2013 11:46PM
- Bookstore Browsing Fee --
Brilliant or Harebrained?
February 13, 2013 12:39AM
- Ebook Dreams: All-You-Can-Read
Buffet & Selling Used Ebooks
February 08, 2013 12:28AM
- Are You Worth Your Weight in
January 29, 2013 12:09AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “We hardly go to see
movies anymore, usually just
ones, but Nebraska
December 02, 2013 08:05PM
- “Mmm, Paris. Lovely.
Thanks for the vicarious
November 21, 2013 12:03AM
- “Welcome back!”
September 04, 2013 01:13AM
- “A bit of Alan
Gins-purr-g, a dash of
May 31, 2013 10:01PM
- “Always wondered how
anyone could make enough money
used bookstore to
May 31, 2013 03:50PM
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To celebrate our graduation fron Open Salon beta to Public Open Salon beta, here is our 'certificate of achievement.' Unfortunately, since it is a Java applet, I can't enlarge it without making it too blurry to read.
The Guardian has just redesigned its online book section, and I must say it's looking good. One of my favorite regular features in The Guardian is John Crace's The Digested Read. Every week, Crace selects a current book and gives us a quick rehash of it, usually with a… Read full post »
Spoilers are the part of the review or discussion that gives away an important piece of the book or… Read full post »
Would you buy a book that had ads in it? What if you had a choice, the same book with ads or without ads? And what if the book with ads cost less, say $12 instead of $28? And what if you could get a bigger discount with even more… Read full post »
Jerry Seinfeld: I have a suspicion that he's converted to Judaism just for the jokes.
Priest: And this offends you as a Jewish person?
Jerry Seinfeld: No, it offends me as a comedian.
Shortly after our post about children's picture books appeared, we received an email from fellow Open Salon member bbd. He said his bride and son had written a book and would we like to see it? Of course we would! we replied.
After reading the two books… Read full post »
Disch's friend Arthur C. Clarke also died recently. Clarke was the last of the great writers of the so-called G… Read full post »
photo by Mark Zimmerman
There's been a sudden influx of books about women in the Roaring Twenties at the local library, and I've been taking advantage of it.
A recent book swap brought a peculiar little book into our home. It's called Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities. It lists and briefly describes some books that have been published, some recently, others a hundred or more years ago. They all have arresting titles, but are meant to be… Read full post »
When a letter from Delta airlines came in the mail a while back, I almost threw it out thinking it was junk mail. It was an ad for magazine subscriptions, to be paid for not with cash but with our Delta frequent flyer miles. Delta isn't our usual… Read full post »
I don't know about you, but I have trouble concentrating these days. I can't seem to go more than a few minutes without wanting to check my email or see what the latest headline post on War Room says. Stellaa recently talked about Twitter as one of the newer forms… Read full post »
About once every year or two I wander into the children's picture book section at the bookstore. A few of the books have stuck in my memory over the years. Most of you know far more than I do about children's books. I can't evaluate how good these… Read full post »
The late comedian Bill Hicks talking about reading. (See the video here.)
“After the show, I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm eating, I'm alone and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me:
'Hey, what you readin'… Read full post »
This blog post recently appeared in the Guardian online. "Why I hate second-hand books" was written by Chas Newkey-Burden, author of a Paris Hilton bio and other fluff. It describes his disgust and revulsion over used books. He compares used books to “a recently-vacated cubicle in a public toil/… Read full post »
Reader's Digest Condensed Books. You can't give them away. No one will take them. I've seen them in boxes marked FREE outside of thrift shops, the sort of shop where they sell ancient hotel soaps and used wigs and last year's calendars. Even at those shops they know there's… Read full post »
If we ever open our own bookstore, it will have departments that are missing from traditional bookstores. In addition to “non-fiction by fiction authors” and “chronicles of odd competitions,” there will be a section devoted to the “harebrained scheme” book.
Th… Read full post »
We are redecorating the BiblioFiles home and are choosing some new furniture. This bibliochaise and matching footstool are perfect for keeping a supply of books on hand. Use this link to view the set in a variety of colors and finishes.
We can't decide between… Read full post »
I was a bookseller, standing in the middle of the Waldenbooks at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, California, when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit.
After the floor stopped undulating, and the books stopped falling down from the overstock shelves along either side… Read full post »
Recently, the New York Times Sunday Book Review ran an essay about the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I followed the link to the list of 1001 books and counted the ones I'd read. (Here's the link. Go ahead, see how many you've read.) My/… Read full post »
There are two ways to achieve financial independence: earn more and spend less. It's as simple as losing weight: eat less and exercise more. I said simple, not easy.
Ideally, you will use a combination of increasing income and reducing expenditures to succeed. By making as much money… Read full post »
Gambler's Book Shop in Las Vegas is not an attractive bookstore. It's flat and drab and the bars on the doors and windows let you know that this isn't the nicest neighborhood in town. However, this isn't the worst neighborhood either, and I have no/… Read full post »
Most nights we fall asleep to the BBC World Service on the radio. No matter how dreadful the news, the BBC news readers maintain a soothing tone and you just know everything will be okay.
Radio listeners in Britain though, have had a different experience the past few weeks.… Read full post »
We went to the library sale this weekend. We arrived early, as usual, to scope out the books through the window. That way we can pounce on the best books before the 'scanners' see them. The 'scanners' are the people with bar code scanners who try… Read full post »
Is there anything more American than a good contest? I don't mean sports, I mean making contests out of activities that aren't obviously competitive. Like spelling bees. They don't have spelling bees in other countries -- only in America is spelling a sport. Or pie-eating contests.… Read full post »