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The Biblio Files

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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MAY 27, 2009 12:43AM

Book Scandal Roundup

  Film Noir Poster - Scandal Sheet


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 »

APRIL 26, 2009 7:05PM

Human Bookshelf

human bookshelf
The Human Bookshelf is from photographer David Blázquez's exhibition of Mobiliario Humano -- Human Furniture. Read full post »
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MARCH 24, 2009 1:24AM

Read, Rate, Review. Repeat Forty Times.


The Second Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Contest is in progress. The grand prize is a publishing contract with Penguin.


I didn't intend to participate – I don't have a novel inside me. But then an email arrived. “Dear Amazon Reviewer, You have been/… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2009 8:08PM

Medieval Tech Support

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FEBRUARY 17, 2009 5:14PM

Obama's Elf



Mondegreen: A form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase.

etymology:  Coined by Sylvia Wright in Harper’s Magazine (The Death of Lady Mondegreen, Nov 1954) from a mishearing of/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2009 7:43PM

Rumor -- The Da Vinci Code Sequel is Completed

  solomon key

Late breaking news from Entertainment Tonight (ET) reveals that author Dan Brown has completed the long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code! The blockbuster news was divulged by Angels & Demons director Ron Howard (who will always be Opie Taylor to some of us), who admits/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2009 6:08PM

Front Pages From Around the World


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.


The best feature is the Today's Front Pages iRead full post »

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JANUARY 21, 2009 5:14PM

Scrambled Books With a Side of Literary Mashup

 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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JANUARY 14, 2009 1:16AM

Getting Published: The Shocking Truth

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.

&nb… Read full post »

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JANUARY 7, 2009 5:44PM

Who's Your Favorite Canadian Author?


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 »

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JANUARY 1, 2009 9:52PM

Make Your Own Invisible Bookshelf

Here's a do-it-yourself project for those of you who are handy.


 video courtesy of Videojug



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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 »

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DECEMBER 15, 2008 1:54AM

Monday Morning Book Blather


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 »

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DECEMBER 10, 2008 11:08PM

Some Bookish Gift Ideas


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 »

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DECEMBER 7, 2008 6:02PM

Canada's World War II Internment Camps

"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 »

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DECEMBER 2, 2008 1:24AM

Gag Me With a Spork


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 »

NOVEMBER 28, 2008 1:50AM

We'll Need a Bigger Imaginary Stocking

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.

penguin classics 

It's The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection – 1,082 paperb… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2008 12:01AM

New Books for OS Collage


 new books




old books Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 20, 2008 11:52AM

Award-Winning Author Rejects Rejection by Posting on OS


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 »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2008 11:13PM

Best Baby Name Ever?

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 »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2008 1:36AM

Books on Demand

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.

The Espresso Book Machine is rather like that. The size of a small car, it can print out and bind a book in a few… Read full post »


paperback dreams 

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 »

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 2:32PM

Is Powell' Better Than




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 »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 7:29PM

OS Glitch Or Is It Just Me?

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:

OCTOBER 31, 2008 1:19AM

A New OS Wordle (Update #2)


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 »