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When Theisen put up a post on the library’s special collections’ Tumblr and Facebook, the library’s conservator, Giselle Simón, took note of the mystery and prompted Theisen to go at it with the library’s brand new microscope. As soon as Theisen carefully peeled apart the miniscule pages, she got what she’d been looking for—the book’s publisher, Toppan Printing Co., LTD. And she was able to see this info despite the fact that the page had under gone a wee bit of damage form prior perusing attempts.


How a Librarian Figured Out What Was Written in This Microscopic Book | Gizmodo

    When Theisen put up a post on the library’s special collections’ Tumblr and Facebook, the library’s conservator, Giselle Simón, took note of the mystery and prompted Theisen to go at it with the library’s brand new microscope. As soon as Theisen carefully peeled apart the miniscule pages, she got what she’d been looking for—the book’s publisher, Toppan Printing Co., LTD. And she was able to see this info despite the fact that the page had under gone a wee bit of damage form prior perusing attempts.

    How a Librarian Figured Out What Was Written in This Microscopic Book | Gizmodo

  2. sdiaz101:

    (via Why writers should stand up for libraries - Boing Boing)

  3. yolaleah:

Came back to find this on my desk. I love my coworkers. #sciencefictionxmas (at Northbrook Public Library)

! is right.

    yolaleah:

    Came back to find this on my desk. I love my coworkers. #sciencefictionxmas (at Northbrook Public Library)

    ! is right.

  4. thisisasentence:

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    People have been asking how to build the book fortune box - I tried my hand at writing a set of instructions - feel free to askbox me if you run into any trouble!

    Instructions after the jump.

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    For all you folks who want to make your own Book Fortune Box! This is super cool.

  5. booksdirect:

Harry Potter Special Edition box set.

Excuse me while I blubber.

    booksdirect:

    Harry Potter Special Edition box set.

    Excuse me while I blubber.

    (Source: ifreakinlovebooks)

  6. Twue wove.

  7. A legend in its own time, the archive of the McSweeney’s publishing company has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Founder of the 15-year-old enterprise Dave Eggers says at the end of his statement, “We thank the Ransom Center for taking on our archive and for cleaning out our basement.”

    — 

    Okay, that’s fucking cool. (via rachelfershleiser)

    Holler.

  8. YER A WIZARD HARRY

  9. LJ Associate Editor Mahnaz Dar is seeking reviewers interested in reviewing books related to self-help, as well as potential reviewers interested in cooking and food-related titles. Email her!

    LJ Associate Editor Mahnaz Dar is seeking reviewers interested in reviewing books related to self-help, as well as potential reviewers interested in cooking and food-related titles. Email her!

  10. superstitionrev:


A chance request in 2004 for a 19th-century German book about the Mississippi River was what alerted the National Library of Sweden that dozens of rare books from its collection had been stolen

Books stolen from the library with a value of $255,000 are going to be recovered.

Oh whoa!

    superstitionrev:

    A chance request in 2004 for a 19th-century German book about the Mississippi River was what alerted the National Library of Sweden that dozens of rare books from its collection had been stolen

    Books stolen from the library with a value of $255,000 are going to be recovered.

    Oh whoa!

  11. doubledaybooks:

Beautiful mural of Toni Morrison in Spain. (via amandaonwriting)

Gorgeous.

    doubledaybooks:

    Beautiful mural of Toni Morrison in Spain. (via amandaonwriting)

    Gorgeous.

  12. historyhobbit:

    My coworker is made of flipping awesome.

    LITERALLY THE BEST.

  13. simonbooks:

"Was his shaky self-worth diminished further when he—a talented, charismatic amateur—came face to face with genius and the methods genius demands?"
Can you tell which quotes are from Charles Manson’s new biography, and which are from The Bee Gees’ biography? Quiz yourself here.
Image via The Village Voice.

I am not normally into this kind of quiz but I am really into this quiz.

    simonbooks:

    "Was his shaky self-worth diminished further when he—a talented, charismatic amateur—came face to face with genius and the methods genius demands?"

    Can you tell which quotes are from Charles Manson’s new biography, and which are from The Bee Gees’ biography? Quiz yourself here.

    Image via The Village Voice.

    I am not normally into this kind of quiz but I am really into this quiz.

  14. cloudunbound:

    Best-selling author Neil Gaiman recounts his at-first rocky relationship with the interwebs, which led to progressive (and, as it turned out, brilliant) experiments with offering American Gods for free online. Piracy led to discovery; person-to-person book loans the same.

    "You can’t look at it as a lost sale. You are advertising." 

    This is exactly the benefit libraries offer (but they always pay for the content, mind!). Thank you, Mr. Gaiman.

  15. sdiaz101:

I love this photo. thx, @chelseyphilpot (via Junot Díaz Is Kind of a Huge Nerd - Allie Jones - The Atlantic Wire)

Best photo.

    sdiaz101:

    I love this photo. thx, @chelseyphilpot (via Junot Díaz Is Kind of a Huge Nerd - Allie Jones - The Atlantic Wire)

    Best photo.