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Epilogue: The Future of Print

This documentary is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and question whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. The act of reading a “tangible tome” has devolved from being a popular and common pastime to one that no longer is. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper.” — Hannah Ryu Chung, the filmaker [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jun 26, 2012 - 20 comments

Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller

Farhad Manjoo of Slate argues that buying books from Amazon is better than buying from local bookstores.
posted by reenum on Dec 15, 2011 - 183 comments

Bookseller/Zine Publisher/Free Speech Hero

"Born Shigeyoshi Murao in 1926, he was universally known as Shig. His playful demeanor—not to mention his signature beard, Pendleton shirts, Royal Air Force exercise vest, horn-rimmed glasses, and bowler—rendered him unforgettable. But that did not make him easy to know. Shig, who died in 1999, is largely remembered for an event that occurred on June 3, 1957, when two undercover agents from the San Francisco Police Juvenile Squad showed up at City Lights to buy a seventy-five-cent book of poetry." [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 5, 2011 - 10 comments

Confessions of a Used Bookseller

Have you seen people at library book sales going over all the books with a barcode scanner? One of these folks reveals his methods and discusses his feelings about what he does.
posted by reenum on Oct 7, 2010 - 165 comments

All but one

Mister Bookseller is a short comic by Darko Macan (translated from the original Croatian by a helpful blogger) about a bookseller who stocks almost every book in the world.
posted by CrunchyFrog on Sep 5, 2008 - 21 comments

The Joy of Chickens?

The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories needs your vote.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, The Bookseller is pleased to announce the "Diagram of Diagrams" – a public vote to find the oddest book title of the past 30 years.
Direct link to poll page is here. There are only a few days left to do your part for world-wide (literary) democracy!
posted by yhbc on Aug 29, 2008 - 40 comments

Books Oprah Wants to Club

It's time again for the greatest literary competition this side of Bulwer-Lytton: The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title (previously), and YOU can vote here for your favorite from 'the shortlist':
I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen (scroll down to see the author's blog)
How to Write a How to Write Book (other books by the author, mostly unavailable)
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues (written by a woman)
Cheese Problems Solved (ONLY £135.00)
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs (with extra points for the author's name: Big Boom)
and People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood (this might be declared ineligible since the publisher's cover picture shows a shortened title) [more inside]
posted by wendell on Feb 22, 2008 - 33 comments

Hypey Potter

Harry Potter dies. Harry Potter lives. One thing is becoming clear: Harry Potter is killing the traditional bookseller industry in the UK.
posted by humblepigeon on Jul 9, 2007 - 134 comments

Those Incredibly Strange Book Titles Who Started Publishing And Became Mixed-Up Award Winners

The Bookseller/Diagram Prize is a much sillier award than its name suggests. It is presented annually to the "Oddest Book Title of the Year". Past winners include (partial titles) "People Who Don't Know They're Dead", "Bombproof Your Horse", "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories", and "Living with Crazy Buttocks" (a must-read for MetaFilter moderators). All past winners here. TheBookseller.com is currently polling readers for their favorites from this year's long-winded shortlist at the bottom of its frontpage. Current leader: "Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan" (not available on Amazon!), followed by "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification","How Green Were the Nazis" and the obviously controversial "Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence".
Remember, books purchased through these Amazon links benefit MetaFilter, not me.
posted by wendell on Mar 9, 2007 - 43 comments

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