Germany Digitizes 700,000 World War I Documents

german archiveTo mark the centenary of WWI, the German government has digitized and made freely available 700,000 documents related to the war on the website of the Federal Archive. The material includes audio recordings, films, and photos in addition to an array of personal and governmental documents. Records of politicians, military and civilian authorities, propaganda films, and even personal letters from the front are all part of the newly accessible treasure trove.

Curators at the Federal Archive said the material will be of particular benefit to genealogists as it includes extensive information about locations where German soldiers served.

German commemorations for the WWI centenary will be subdued. No large public commemorations are planned this year.  The German federal government will instead provide financial assistance to international commemorations and subsidize exhibitions like one entitled “1914: 100 Years Afterward” currently on display at the German Historical Institute in Berlin.

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Asheville, NC Nonprofit Believes Everyone Deserves a Good Book

The POP Project finds new homes for used books.

An Asheville, NC-based nonprofit, the POP (Pages Opening People) Project collects secondhand books to redistribute within communities in Western North Carolina and across the Southeast. It’s a mission not only to find new homes for the books, but to make “homes” for people who might otherwise not have access to books.

“Growing up, books were always a part of my home. Even when we may have had to cut back on other things, books were always a necessity, like bread or milk,” said Sarah Giavedoni, POP’s director of donations. “When I learned that there are homes in my community that have no books, or people who for one reason or another cannot get a library card, I knew I had to get involved. I can’t imagine living in a home without books. It just wouldn’t feel like home to me.” (more…)

Winner of the 2014 Don Dario Scholarship

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Black Paw Books has been awarded the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship!

Biblio would like to thank to each and every applicant for the 2014 Don Dario scholarship for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

Every year we receive many applications for the Don Dario scholarship from our worthy booksellers and it is quite difficult to choose only one of them to win! After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Charles Schmieg of Black Paw Books (newly renamed Novanglus Books) to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2014. Congratulations, Charles!

Charles will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and he will also have all monthly bookseller listing fees rebated for one year on our lowest commission billing option. There is also a $250 donation on its way to Room to Read, a non-profit literacy group, to assist them with their literacy education and gender equality campaigns in the developing world.

Everyone here at Biblio wishes Charles a safe journey, a wealth of knowledge to take back home to his bookshop in Rhode Island, and an overall wonderful time in Colorado!

To the many booksellers that were not choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year! offers an annual scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar – The Don Dario Honorary Scholarship is offered in keeping with Biblio’s stated commitment to Environment, Independence and Community.

Ludwig Bemelmans, A Consummate New Yorker

Self portrait Pen, black ink, and gray wash The Estate of Ludwig Bemelmans TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

Ludwig Bemelmans is perhaps best known for creating the plucky Parisian schoolgirl Madeline, and while the Caldecott and Newbery winner devoted himself to children’s books, his eclectic résumé also included soldier, novelist, hotelier, restaurateur, set designer and itinerant interior decorator. The New-York Historical Society opens an exhibition today celebrating Bemelmans and his work.

Bemelmans’ life was a uniquely American story. When the First World War broke out, Bemelmans – then a young hotel worker recently emigrated from Austria – enlisted in the Army as a medical attendant.  In 1937, he published his memoirs called My War With the United States. (Viking Press) While he never saw combat – Bemelmans was stationed at Fort Ontario and Fort Porter in New York – the book examines how soldiers suffering psychiatric issues were treated during the war. He also describes how he lived in American barracks while speaking German better than English, reading German books, and even keeping his German Shepard on base. Bemelmans’ unmistakable style graces the cover with a pen and ink drawing of a cannon stationed in front of a fort. Taphophiles can find Bemelmans’ tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery where he was buried 1962 in section 43, grave 2618. (more…)

Orwell’s Birthplace in India Will Become a Museum

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George Orwell, Image Credit Wikipedia

The nearly ruined colonial bungalow where George Orwell was born in the small Bihar frontier town of Motihari will be restored and converted into a museum. The property consists of the three-room bungalow in addition to several tiny cottages and a warehouse for storing opium.  Orwell’s father, Richard Blair, was employed by the British colonial government as an opium collector. While the buildings are dilapidated, conservationists have already begun work on their restoration.

Orwell – born Eric Blair on June 23, 1903 in India – left with his mother for Oxfordshire in 1904, never to return to his birthplace.

No other museum exists to celebrate the life and work of the popular and influential author. (more…)

Manuscript of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Nets $2m at Auction

On Tuesday, the working draft of Bob Dylan’s iconic song “Like a Rolling Stone” pulled in over $2 million at Sotheby’s. At the drop of the hammer, a new world record was set for a popular music manuscript. The final price of $2.045 million was inclusive of a buyer’s premium. The buyer was not identified, except to say that he is a private collector. Neither was the seller named, excepting a hint from Sotheby’s that the seller was a longtime … Continued

Real-Life Inspiration for Mary Poppins Revealed

Australian-British novelist P. L. Travers wrote about her great-aunt Ellie who inspired the beloved children’s character Mary Poppins in an unpublished story in 1941. Travers printed her story, entitled “Aunt Sass,” in a run of 500 copies for distribution amongst family and friends as a Christmas gift. The publisher Virago will resurrect the story and publish it for the first time for a wider audience this Christmas as part of its Modern Classics imprint. “Aunt Sass,” known to Travers as … Continued

My Biblio order came from Amazon?!

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We welcome professional booksellers to list on Biblio.

“Dear Biblio. Why in the world did my order from your online marketplace get delivered from Amazon, with the box, invoice, and everything covered in their logos? Are you guys some kind of front for them?!”


No, we are still an independent business, and we are not affiliated with Amazon.

Biblio’s goal of allowing independent booksellers to sell their books online with ease and autonomy has not changed.

However, one of the side effects of that freedom is that some Biblio sellers may also list their books on other venues, including Amazon and the Amazon-owned ABEbooks. Some sellers may also use “Fulfillment by Amazon” as a way to cut their delivery costs.  This means that the sellers send their physical book inventories to Amazon and when they receive an order, the shipment is then handled by the Amazon warehouse. That is most likely what happened with your order.

I can attest that most of our sellers do not use those methods, but I cannot promise that you won’t see this happen again! Remember, though – the independent seller is still the one who gets your business whether through Biblio or through another marketplace, and that’s what we really care about.

Biblio Booksellers: Win a scholarship to the 2014 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar!

A talk by Michael Suarez, titled "Ecosystems of Value: Thinking about the Circulation of Antiquarian Books"
Image by Malcolm Moncreif-Spittle of Renaissance Books, the 2013 winner of the Don Dario Scholarship.  A talk by Michael Suarez, titled “Ecosystems of Value: Thinking about the Circulation of Antiquarian Books is pleased to offer a scholarship to the 2014 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

The Don Dario Scholarship was named in honor of a community leader who was instrumental in helping us open the first public library in Bolivia.  We are proud to award the annual scholarship to a Biblio bookseller in recognition of their experience and professionalism in the book trade.

The scholarship is open to any registered bookseller.

The Don Dario scholarship recipient will receive: (more…)

Collecting a Series

Regardless of what book series you choose to go for, the collecting experience is invariably fun, and the end result unquestionably appealing on the bookshelf.