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In defense of book collecting

“As of this writing there are 1,790 books in my apartment, some couple hundred in my campus office, and an unknown number floating about on loan to various friends and students. This represents a decrease of probably 20 percent from the height of my mania. Over the past few years, I have embarked on culling operations, boxing up hundreds of books and carting them to used bookstores. Spilling off shelves, piled in tottering stacks on every flat surface and a few angular ones, the books are snowing me under. Please do not think I make a habit of counting my books. I just did it for this piece, it took forever, and I do not intend ever to count even one book again.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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“The Berlin State Library is returning 384 books, magazines and other publications dating back to the 18th century to a Freemason Lodge after determining they were stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s. Matthias Bohn, the head of the Johannis Lodge “Teutonia zur Weisheit” in Potsdam, said Thursday the books were important for the history of his organization, and contained “the stamps and traces of their previous owners.” (via Associated Press)

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Reading into the millennial book-buying boom

“Nearly a decade after electronic readers revolutionized how people read books, paperbacks and hardcovers have become cool.”It is like a hipster movement to get back into reading,” said Trish Caudill, manager of Books-A-Million in Corbin, Kentucky. “It’s almost cult-like.”Caudill, 29, has seen a resurgence of young customers and more sales of physical books at her store. Her peers are drawn in by graphic novels, the “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” series, and memoirs and essays by YouTube stars Joey Graceffa, Connor Franta and Shane Dawson.” (via Reuters)

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Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes

“Hollywood is driving library borrowing habits like never before – and Australian authors without film-book tie-ins are struggling to find a mass readership.With the film version starring Emily Blunt soon to be released, British writer Paula Hawkins’ novel of a vanished wife, The Girl on the Train, has topped the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand for the past 12 months.Overseas crime thrillers from James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, John Grisham and four from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series also dominated the top 20 list of best borrowed books.” (via SMH)

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Birthday gift takes leaf from mom’s life, benefits Chicago Public School school with books

“When Geraldine Williamson was a young mother raising five kids in suburban Riverwoods, books were her passport to some necessary mental alone time.”I’d just say to the kids, ‘You stay here. Mother is going on vacation,’ and I’d stretch out on the couch and read while I kept an eye on them,” Williamson said. “That’s what books are, a vacation.”She and her late husband, Gordon, a schoolteacher, brought up their children to believe books were indispensable; that the library and the book rummage sale provided doors to recreation, education, and a richer life. Geraldine’s years as a volunteer at the Vernon Area Public Library District and as the book organizer for rummage sales at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield only reinforced that.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Artist never judges a book by its cover – Weekend

“Mike Stilkey can’t stand to see books discarded. Instead, he aims to “give them a new life” by creating works of art out of them. First, Stilkey, 40, heads to local libraries to find books that are about to be thrown out. Then he stacks them on top of one another to make a sculpture of sorts and glues them together. Each ends up looking “like a giant Lego puzzle,” he said.Then he paints on the collection of bindings. Often he doesn’t know what he’s going to paint until his brush touches the surface.” (via LA Times)

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The Custodian of Forgotten Books

“A little over a decade ago, a forgotten book was suddenly remembered. Its second life began when a fiction writer referenced it in a book of her own. A blogger read the new book, then tracked down a copy of the old one, and wrote about all this on his Web site. An archivist read the blog post and e-mailed it to a small publisher. By 2009, Jetta Carleton’s “The Moonflower Vine,” first published in 1962, was back in print.” (via The New Yorker)

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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

“The Internet has not killed the book.For film critic David Denby, this wasn’t immediately obvious. He would watch kids hunched over their phones — on the subway, in coffee shops, walking down the street — and wonder: Are kids still learning to read books?Denby, who is best known for his work in The New Yorker, went back to high school to find out. He describes his experience in Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives.” (via NPR)

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Serial Reader for iPhone Dishes Out Short Snippets of Classic Fiction Daily

“iOS: Finding time to read is hard, but if you fancy yourself a fan of classic literature, from the likes of Jane Austen, Jules Verne, or Charles Dickens, then Serial Reader’s a clever app that allows you to essentially subscribe to classic books in a serial format that’s sent to you daily.” (via Lifehacker)

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You Can Buy Famous People’s Dog-Eared Books—For a Good Cause

“FEW THINGS CAN make fandom seem like pathology as fast as collecting celebrity memorabilia. Having one of Paul Newman’s race cars? Awesome. Having a Newman-O you stole straight from his mouth? Maybe not so much. The more likely you could use it to clone someone, the creepier it is. Thankfully, books fall well within the safe zone—and thanks to an auction starting today, you can even use your love of a particular celeb to help others.” (via WIRED)

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