I am not making this up. A plastic surgery clinic is offering botox in exchange for books. This ad ran in today's (November 12) San Francisco Chronicle. The Maas Clinic even has a great domain name, www.booksforbotox.com, and a snappy slogan, "Looks for Books"! With all the books I have, I could have a second […]
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Here’s an article on Michael Sharpe, the collector who hired away several of Heritage Book Shop’s employees when that Los Angeles landmark closed recently. To quote, in part: In just 20 years, Sharpe has amassed works of science, philosophy, medicine, exploration, religion, literature and mathematics, all classified as being in superb condition and worth about […]
I've read a lot of manuscripts in the last few years and I've started to notice certain words, phrases, and stylistic types that are quite fashionable right now. One that seems to turn up in virtually every unsolicited submission is "famously," as in "Lane famously shunned war yarns." Surely you know which Lane we're talking […]
From the Shelf Awareness newsletter: Boris Wertz, COO of AbeBooks.com, has left the company but will continue as a member of the board and an advisor on key projects. He is creating a venture capital business with Burda Digital Ventures, the German media company that is the majority shareholder in AbeBooks.com, that will be located […]
Via Paul Collins' Weekend Stubble blog, a link (which doesn't work, Paul….) to an online project collecting cover images of HG Wells' War of the Worlds. Here's a (currently) working link to the gallery. At left, an Irish edition.
No, this isn't a post about Hogwart's headmaster Albus Dumbledore being gay, it's an update on our story about variant copies of the last Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As reported by our very own Kimberly Howell, multiple printers were used for the novel, and each one is identified in the […]
Brian Cassidy, who after a number of years selling online bought the Cannery Row Old Book Co. (located inside the Cannery Row Antique Mall) and renamed the shop Brian Cassidy, Bookseller, points out that Ruben Martinez, founder of Libreria Martinez in SoCal, used to be a barber and keeps his old chair in the store […]
Last year we ran a photo of a stamp in a book identifying it as having come from Roy Bean's Used Book Center and Barbershop, which is one of the all-time great bookstore names, if you ask me. Now our friends over at the Exile Bibliophile have located a second bookstore-barbershop combo, this one from […]
Completely Off Topic: A few months ago, Organic Gardening magazine sent a photographer to take photos of my wife (the gardener in the family) and our four hens. The November issue of the magazine just arrived and our girls were very happy to see themselves in print. Here they are admiring their picture.