Scouting Book

My big book scouting find in Boston.

Phoenix Books Rise Again

One of the publishers from crime fiction’s past, was a little name that tried to become a bigger power among heavy hitters. Not necessarily known for their quality, they did try hard. They signed up some known authors whose contracts perhaps expired with other publishers, and some names never heard[Read More…]

Finally found.

Finding A Book In The Vast Tubes of the Net

I have an illustration that I slid off of an eBay auction about a billion years ago, when you could still do that. I loved it so much,  I tried to make jewelry, print it, do various and sundry things, but as it goes, dpi is notoriously low on eBay[Read More…]

by January 11, 2013 Book Collecting, Scouting Book
One of our fabulous finds.

A Little Paper Ephemera Excursion

After spending a nice day and night at a B&B in the Pocanos, we were perusing locations on the iphone where we could delve into more books, cooking pamphlets, postcards, etc like we’d bought for each other at antique malls as Christmas presents and we came across The Archive in[Read More…]

by December 29, 2012 Book Collecting, Books & Mags, Scouting Book
Great Books: The Long Lonely Leap

Great Books: The Long Lonely Leap

From time to time we will share some entries from a terrific website called Bookride. If you are a book fan of any sort the site should be on your Must Visit list. Today’s entry is called The Long Lonely Leap. Below is an excerpt from the article. For more[Read More…]

by December 5, 2012 Book Collecting, Scouting Book
Valuable Guides To First Editions

Valuable Guides To First Editions

Like most booksellers , I never really thought  much about first editions until I became a bookseller.  I collected books of all sorts, had a particular fondness for antiquarian books, but I never seemed to be overly concerned about the  edition of  the book was that was in my possession[Read More…]

by October 15, 2012 Scouting Book
Detecting water damage in less than a second

Detecting water damage in less than a second

Once a book gets wet, it’s likely to develop mold.  Even if its now apparently dry, some damage has already been done and you generally want to avoid them all together.  A dousing also is a lot more obvious than a book that’s just been kept somewhere damp for a[Read More…]

by September 30, 2011 Scouting Book, Work Smarter
Choosing From An Overwhelming Abundance of Books

Choosing From An Overwhelming Abundance of Books

“I have been invited to so many conferences on “The Death of the Book” that I suspect it is very much alive,” wrote Harvard Librarian Robert Darnton in an article in the December 23 issue of the New York Review of Books (“The Library: Three Jeremiads,” LVII:20, 22-26). Darnton went[Read More…]

by December 13, 2010 Inventory Management, Scouting Book
Some like it damp: creepy crawly critters

Some like it damp: creepy crawly critters

There four creepy crawly critters like to live where its damp. If you can positively ID these four critters, you’ll have good odds of identifying books that have been improperly stored somewhere damp.

by June 30, 2010 Miscellaneous, Scouting Book