Book Collectorz cataloging program

Book Collectorz cataloging program

A year or two ago (probably closer to two), I received Book Collector, a book cataloging program from Collectorz, as a gift.  I had researched a number of options for cataloging my books, from online catalogs like LibraryThing to shareware programs. Book Collector looked like the best bet, largely because… Read more »

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Book-A-Minute

Book-A-Minute purports to offer “ultra-condensed” versions of the classics you know you should have read, along with an extensive selection of SF/Fantasy and children’s books, so that you can read them in considerably less time than the full-length version would require.  In fact, this is a humor site, strictly for… Read more »

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Replacing My Print Library?

Joe Konrath, successful thriller author and promoter of self-publishing, recently blogged about getting rid of some of his [paper] books.  According to Konrath, he has replaced a number of them with e-books, and plans to replace many of the remaining books. Judging by the 150-plus comments he’s gotten, he struck… Read more »

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And the Earth Shook…

And the Earth Shook…

You don’t expect earthquakes in Virginia.  It’s true that central Virginia is slightly more likely to have seismic activity than a lot of the rest of the East Coast, but that’s not saying much.  There is a fault line running through Virginia, part of what was once a tectonic plate… Read more »

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“The Pun Also Rises” by John Pollack

“The Pun Also Rises” by John Pollack

Puns are everywhere, from Shakespeare (“Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York”) to marketing (a camping store’s off-season slogan: “Now is the winter of our discount tent”.)   In The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and… Read more »

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Announcing: Harry Potter e-books

J. K. Rowling has announced a new website, which will officially open in October.  It will offer interactive online versions of the books, beginning with the first book (including Sorting Hat questions and a Wand Chooser.)  The second book will be added to the site in 2012.  In addition, the… Read more »

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“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Carola Dunn

“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Carola Dunn

Anthem for Doomed Youth is the 19th in Dunn’s light but entertaining Daisy Dalrymple mystery series.  Set in post-World-War-I era Britain, the series features the Hon. Daisy, daughter of a noble house, and her commoner beau (later husband), Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard.  The series is populated… Read more »

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Russell-Holmes e-novella coming soon!

Russell-Holmes e-novella coming soon!

Random House will release a “Beekeeping for Beginners”, a new Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes story by Laurie R. King, on July 6, 2011.  Part of the pre-release publicity for King’s The Pirate King, the e-novella re-examines the meeting and early days in the relationship between Holmes and his young protege, Mary… Read more »

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