1. erikkwakkel:

    Siamese twins

    The bookbindings above are as odd as they are rare. In fact, I encountered my first only a few days ago while browsing Folger Library’s image database of bookbindings. The binding is called “dos-à-dos” (back to back), a type almost exclusively produced in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are like Siamese twins in that they present two different entities joint at their backs: each part has one board for itself, while a third is shared between the two. Their contents show why this was done: you will often find two complementary devotional works in them, such as a prayerbook and a Psalter, or the Bible’s Old and New Testament. Reading the one text you can flip the “book” to consult the other. The last image above is a unification of no less than seven devotional works printed by the same printer (Feichtinger, Lintz, 1736-1737), showing that the constructions could also encompass much more than just two texts. In the 20th century this type of binding enjoyed a revival with the Double Ace books, which featured two short science fiction stories.

    Pics: St Andrew’s University Library, Bib BS2085.C27 (top); Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library, STC 23811.2 (two pics), STC 2907 (broidery); Chetham’s Library, shelfmark unknown (editions from 1629, 1633); Ed. J. M. Feichtinger, Lintz, 1736-1737 (from this sales catalogue). Other examples from the Folger here. A nice one auctioned off at Christie’s here.

    Whoa, neat.

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  2. laura-in-libraryland:


    My local rescue has a program called Book Buddies where kids read to sheltered cats to keep them from being lonely.

    This is the best thing ever! We libraries should be all over this!

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  3. eversolightly:

    There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!

    The Last Bookstore
    Los Angeles, California

    (via newsweek)

  4. newyorker:

    Read Haruki Murakami’s short story, “Samsa in Love,” in this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1b8FTTW

    Illustration by Javier Jaén.

    (Source: newyorker.com)

  5. Best #Halloween treat jar ever. Now to fill it with sweetness. (at | Batcave |)


  6. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 
    The Bible
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
    Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
    Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
    Middlemarch - George Eliot
    Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    Bleak House - Charles Dickens
    War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
    The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 
    Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
    Emma - Jane Austen
    Persuasion - Jane Austen
    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    Animal Farm - George Orwell
    The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
    The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
    Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
    Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Dune - Frank Herbert 
    Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
    A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
    The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
    Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 
    Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
    Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
    Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 
    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    Dracula - Bram Stoker
    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    Ulysses - James Joyce 
    The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    Germinal - Emile Zola
    Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
    Possession - AS Byatt
    A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
    Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    Charlotte’s Web - EB White
    The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    Watership Down - Richard Adams 
    A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 
    A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
    Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

    (Source: ccballard)

  7. laura-in-libraryland:



    I wish the artist had used a work other than “macho” but I do like “attack illiteracy/ignorance” message.

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  8. knerq:

    The Little Free Library is having an Online Film Festival. Information is available on their website: http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/little-free-library-film-festival.html

    View and vote for entries at: http://pinterest.com/ltlfreelibrary/film-festival

  10. joehillsthrills:


    The Power of Books.

    I actually had image number 3 happen to me once, but if you’re going to bury yourself in maritime fiction, that’s one of the risks.

    (via neil-gaiman)

  11. trextrying:

    T-Rex Trying to shelve a book…


    The book comes out tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Poor T-Rex. He wouldn’t be able to be a library page like me.

  12. heyoscarwilde:

    “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” - Oscar Wilde

    classic paperbacks photographed by Marisa Swangha :: via etsy.com

  13. 60 books in 2013. It will happen. Care to join me with your own reading challenge?

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  14. thegloballibrarian:

    “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” -Gustave Flaubert [x]

    So much fun <3

  15. Found my first little free library in Pac Heights! (at Lower Pacific Heights)