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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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
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January 29, 2013 12:09AM
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movies anymore, usually just
ones, but Nebraska
December 02, 2013 08:05PM
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November 21, 2013 12:03AM
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September 04, 2013 01:13AM
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If you're a newspaper junkie, you may already know about the Newseum website. But I've just found out about it and I can't take the chance that some of you may not have discovered it yet.
Green Eggs and Hamlet
Would you kill him in his bed?
Thrust a dagger through his head?
I would not, could not, kill the King.
I could not do that evil thing.
I would not wed this girl, you see.
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The publishing house MacmillanUSA has finally revealed the true story behind how a book makes it into print. This 3 minute 37 second video, titled From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story is a real eye-opener for aspiring writers. Take notes and be prepared for the Shocking Truth.
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copyright Warner Bros. 2001
Quick, how many Canadian authors can you name? If you can think of just one, then you named more than 47% of 1,502 Canadians surveyed, according to this article that recently appeared in the daily Canadian newspaper The National Post. It says that only/… Read full post »
Here's a do-it-yourself project for those of you who are handy.
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How I Turned $1,000 Into a Million in Real Estate - In My Spare Time. Isn't that a great title? I love this book. I've never actually read it, although I've leafed through it to see why it's so popular. The first line is ''The road… Read full post »
The To-Be-Read pile is getting out of control. I used to keep it on a shelf in the bookcase, but if it isn't in my direct line of sight, I tend to forget about it. Now I keep the TBR pile on a table where I can't miss it.… Read full post »
It's time to shop for gifts and although it goes without saying that books are the best gift of all, sometimes it's hard to pick just the right book for some people. (Although undertow has some original and unexpected book suggestions for just about everyone on your gift list.) Book-related… Read full post »
"December 7, 1941 -- A date which will live in infamy."
We stop every year to recall what happened on that day, and think about what followed. We commemorate the date that we were attacked. We try not to think too much about the injustices we committed at home.
The Japanese internment… Read full post »
Fast food is not one of our many vices, but lately we've found ourselves in several fast food establishments and I must reluctantly report that there is some unsavory business going on.
When we're out and want a quick meal, we usually stop at a Subway for a… Read full post »
Thanksgiving is over and our thoughts have turned to gift-giving. Well, gift-receiving, to be more precise. Imaginary gifts. No way we'll be getting these. But this is what Steve wants for Christmas.
Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and many other works, received the 2008 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards ceremony last night.
In her acceptance speech, she said that after her award was annou… Read full post »
How much do you love your favorite bookstore? Enough to name your firstborn after it? Okay then, how about your second born?
That is exactly what Audrey and Kevin DeKam did. Their son, born on October 3, 2008, is named Powell Finley DeKam, after their favorite bookstore, the entirely wonderful… Read full post »
Imagine walking up to an ATM, pushing a few buttons and after a few minutes of mechanical whirring sounds, out pops a fresh new paperback book.
I'm tired of being scolded for not supporting my local independent bookstore.
Stop guilting me for not paying full price for a book when it's available for half price. I don't have money to burn, and I'll bet you don't either.
It happened again last… Read full post »
Powell's Books, the best bookstore in the world (although our search for an even better one continues), has just revamped its excellent website. If you haven't visited it yet, you are in for a treat.
Powell's sells both new and used books, which makes browsing in… Read full post »
Is anyone else's blog going rogue? OS is dropping friends from my list. I began to notice a few days ago that I was missing the posts of people who have been friends for months. When I checked next to their avatars on their blogs, it says:
Inspired by Skeptic Turtle's OS Collage (and not at all sensitive about having been left off the collage), and by ePriddy's variations on the theme, I've come up with another wordle word cloud. A previous wordle celebrated our leap from small-town beta status to the opening of… Read full post »
Here's a 6-minute clip from The Colbert Report on October 9, when Colbert and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt talked politics and Shakespeare. Guess who got the last word?
(For those who can't view hulu videos, here's a link to the Comedy Central clip.)
Attention all you Open Salon writers. You've proven your ability to write posts that punch our buttons. You know how to whip up a post that gets us seething, laughing, crying, or just leaves us speechless.
Now you have a chance to make some money with your talent.… Read full post »
You've heard people say “Old Timer's Disease” instead of “Alzheimer's Disease.” Some people refer to an earthquake as a “trembler” instead of a “temblor.” Welcome to the world of eggcorns.
Eggcorns get their name from the mistake th… Read full post »
The Palin legacy lives on at the Wasilla Public Library. Acording to this article in last Thursday's Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, San Franciscan Michael Petrelis donated two books last month to the Wasilla library: Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate. Both are picture books for… Read full post »
It's that festive time of year again – Anthology Season!
Every fall the publishers release their “best of” series. Houghton Mifflin's The Best American series is the one you see prominently displayed at your local bookstore. The Best American Essay, The Best Tr… Read full post »
We've just added Maastricht to our list of places we have to visit soon. The Dutch city is the home of a beautiful new bookstore, the Selexyz Dominicanen, built in an old Dominican church.
The building hasn't been used as a church for about two hundred… Read full post »