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.
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January 30, 2014 04:14PM
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January 28, 2014 12:07AM
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January 26, 2014 12:25AM
- It's Never Too Late to Learn
January 06, 2014 12:55AM
- Our Top Ten Books of 2013
December 29, 2013 12:14AM
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now he's just
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putting her on the
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Twice a year the big publishers preview the books they'll be releasing in the next six months. At the end of January, we get to see what's coming up in the spring and summer. Spring Preview Season is upon us and it's a doozy. Publisher's Weekly, the major… Read full post »
It's only January, 2014, and there's already an avalanche of 50th anniversary books about 1964. How to choose? I like to opt for accounts with an unusual perspective. Tomorrow-Land looks at 1964-65 by focusing on the World's Fair in New York. Author Joseph Tirella centers on… Read full post »
I'll admit it -- I'm a shopping addict. When it comes to books, I enjoy shopping almost as much as reading. Twice a year, I can indulge my addiction to shameful excess. It's that time of year -- Spring previews.
All the publishers put out catalogs and… Read full post »
Our imaginary bookstore is coming along nicely. It doesn't have the usual mysteries, biographies, and travel sections. Instead, we're stocking the nonexistent shelves with books from our favorite categories, categories which are inexplicably missing from most reality-based bookstores.… Read full post »
We've looked at a lot of books this year, and as usual, there have been a few stinkers, a bunch of mediocre books that were okay but not terrific, and a handful of titles we want to read over again right away.
Herewith, The Biblio Files' 2013 Best… Read full post »
In much the same way that I enjoy watching One Foot in the Grave, a Britcom that features a cranky recently retired "you kids get off my lawn!" sort of curmudgeon called Victor Meldrew, I liked Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of… Read full post »
"Barnes & Noble Reports Big Falloff in Nook Unit" was the eye-catching headline in the business section of today's New York Times.
Last year Barnes & Noble reported that while their physical stores and website were doing less well than hoped, Nook sales and the B&N university bookstore ch… Read full post »
Bookstores and publishers are barely hanging on these days, but sometimes you have to wonder if they don't bring some of their bad luck on themselves.
That whole Pippa Middleton book was quite a fiasco. PenguinBooks paid Prince William's sister-in-law a £400,000 advance for a party plan… Read full post »
The Washington Post reports that Amazon has received approval for a patent to sell used e-books. I'm imagining publishers' heads exploding at the thought. What does it mean? How can you sell or buy a used e-book? We can pirate e-books and lend e-books (with the seller's… Read full post »
To the annoyance of professional book reviewers everywhere, book reviewing is for everyone now. Anyone with a blog or an Amazon account is good to go, no qualifications necessary.
The results are, as you might imagine, mixed.
But as enthusiastic participa… 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… Read full post »
Ever hear a computerized voice mail system? You can't mistake it for a real person. Maybe just for a second, if you're not paying attention.
The text-to-speech feature of the Kindle reader sounds like that.
Librarian as Superhero
Publisher Harper Collins has just released a new book – about librarians. Talk about optimistic.
Does every new humor writer have to be described as “the new David Sedaris”? Maybe I should be pleased we've moved on – it used to be every new humor writer was “the new Bill Bryson.” Or “the new Dave Barry.” Before that it was Erma Bombeck.
If you listen to an audio book, have you read the book?
It's undoubtedly a different experience to read a book with just ink and paper (or pixels and screen) between you and the author than it is to listen to someone's vocalization of the sentences. In Proust… Read full post »
Amazon.com has started accepting entries for its third year of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Grand Prize is a publishing contract with Penguin. Many of the finalists in all the categories also received publishing deals, so it isn't winner-take-all, by any mea/… Read full post »
Favorite Open Salon posts of 2009? Too limited a time frame. Favorite OS posts of the Decade? Better, but still too limited. Favorite OS posts and blogs? Almost there.
… Read full post »
It's been fun reading all the Best Books of 2009 lists. Now that you have a full slate of highly recommended books, here's a few that I absolutely do not recommend. Back away from these books. Or read them and weep. Presenting...The Stinkers of 2009.
Last year, our fantasy Holiday wishes were, for Steve, the Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection, and for me, a Kindle. We didn't get either one for Christmas, although I later acquired a Kindle by other means.
Gursky's Penguin Collection
This year, Steve is still hopi… Read full post »
I have a confession to make. I read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I enjoyed it.
I didn't plan on reading it. But Steve (yes, I blame him) downloaded a sample of The Lost Symbol on the Kindle, got hooked, bought the rest of the book and read the/… Read full post »
A heartwarming story in today's Washington Post tells of the local bookstore in the tiny town of Poligny, France. The owner was about to close the store, which she could no longer run, due to her failing health. One hundred city residents pitched in about $750 each to form a corporation/… Read full post »
One of my favorite Kindle features is "sample this book." For no charge, you can download the table of contents and the first chapter or two of any Kindle book and decide at your leisure if you want to buy the book and read further.
Now… Read full post »
How do you choose which books you'll read? You probably have a variety of sources for new reading ideas: books you've read or heard about online or on radio or TV, suggestions from friends, browsing the bookstore and library. But unless you belong to a book club, you probably don't have… Read full post »
There's nothing more fun than a scandal, and the book world has been full of them lately. It's getting so that I can barely keep up with the book scandals, let alone the very entertaining British Ministers of Parliament expenses revelations. And actual news? Supreme Court nomina/… Read full post »