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This is what a 16th century e-reader looked like

It’s easy to take thousands of books on holiday with you these days thanks to the e-reader, a device that can store enough books to keep you reading for months. E-readers are especially great for people who like to read

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The Grolier Club: n. 19 of the 50 Obscure and Amazing Places To Visit in 2017

Established in 1884, the stately Grolier Club is a center for the celebration of the beauty and art of books.  As the oldest bibliophilia club in North America, the private club has been in its current home on the Upper

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Nimble – a concept of using augmented reality in library

Nimble – Augmented Reality book-based library from Sures Kumar TS on Vimeo. Nimble is a concept by Google engineer Sures Kumar; it is based on using augmented reality in libraries, such as a digital library card that navigates you to

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BookExpo 2017

BookExpo, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States, taking place on May 31 – June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City, offers a full line up of events for readers, publishers, librarians and educators. At BookExpo teachers

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The Haskell Free Library and Opera House

The Haskell Library is famous for being built on the border of the US and Canada, in the province of Quebec and Vermont. The black border strip divides the building into two parts, but since all the books – 20,000

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On the Philosophical Implications of Shelving Books or, The Time I Reorganized the Cook Books at BookCourt

Two years ago, I was working at BookCourt in the wake of a particularly crazed holiday shopping season. The store was empty in the way all of New York feels emptied out in January and July, and I spent several

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Stanford researchers map fear and happiness in historic London

A group of digital humanities researchers at Stanford has analyzed the text of about 5,000 British novels published between 1700 and 1900 in order to create an emotional map of London based on how geographic locations were described in the

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Lost and Hidden Cultural Treasures in Archives Waiting to be Discovered

While “wild” and “discovery” are not words people typically associate with conducting research in archives, libraries, and museums, maybe they are more relevant than we might at first think. Turpin points out in his introduction to the University Of Iowa Press’ first edition print, as part of their Iowa Whitman Series, that like Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, “plenty of American authors have left books in the dark” (xiv), which leaves me to wonder what other great works are hidden and tucked away in archives that we are yet to discover. This sense of uncertainty of what items and treasures may lie in our collections still waiting to discovered, make archives, libraries, and museums, a tad wild. — And what’s not to like about that?

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Cataloging & Anonymous Authors

This February 28th article in Atlas Obscura  discusses the cataloging of texts by anonymous authors and authors who publish under pseudonyms. Inspired by the research of Emily Kopley, a scholar of British and American literature, Sarah Laskow writes about the difficulties

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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History (click image for link)

                          Last Thursday I attended a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History on Bill Schutt’s most recent book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.  Schutt debunked some of

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