#GivingTuesday 2015: Donate with Biblio

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Biblio is an excited participant in #GivingTuesday 2015!

#GivingTuesday comes after #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday – the holiday hashtag trifecta. Instead of telling you to buy, buy, buy, it encourages you to give, give, give. Give time, give energy, and if you can, give money to charitable organizations that are doing good in your community.

I’ve seen articles written by those who grumble that the #GivingTuesday movement is being abused by marketers trying to make their brands look better. While we can see why some would feel that way, we continue to participate because the heart of #GivingTuesday is true. The flow of holiday consumerism has a mighty tide, and any message that can break through to remind people how their money or volunteer time can help in the communities around them is worth boosting! (more…)

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


$35k copy of the Principia sold on Biblio

$35k copy of the Principia: Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton is the most expensive book sold on Biblio in 2015.
$35,000, 2nd edition of the Principia

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton is the most expensive book sold on Biblio in 2015.

Our booksellers find new homes for their unusual, rare, and often beautiful books on Biblio. There are hundreds and thousands of books that are sold each and every day, but one recent sale caught our attention.

How could it not? At $35,000, this is one of the most expensive books ever sold on Biblio.

And beyond the price, the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica is nothing to scoff at!  Translated as “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,” this groundbreaking work was written in 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton. It is in this work that Newton first stated his laws of motion. It is considered one of the most important works in the history of science and it revolutionized the study of physics.

Two more editions of The Principia were published in Newton’s lifetime – in 1713 and 1726.  The second edition of the Principia included updated chapters, a new preface, and a General Scholium by Newton. It was one of the 750 copies of the 1713 editions which just gained a new owner through Biblio.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Svetlana Alexievich Awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich is seen during a book fair in Minsk, Belarus, in 2014. Photograph: Reuters
Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich is seen during a book fair in Minsk, Belarus, in 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature today, Thursday, October 8, 2015.

The Belarussian journalist and prose writer is the 14th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and she is also one of the first nonfiction writers. Alexievich is best known for her works about female Russian soldiers, the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work rather than a single title. The Swedish Academy praised Alexievich’s collections of oral histories and “polyphonic writings” as a “monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

Sources:

The Guardian: Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature

NY Times: Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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Google censorship: Good Intentions Gone Wrong?

Rolls and Historical Sketch of the Tenth Regiment, So. Ca. Volunteers, in the Army of the Confederate States by Cornelius Irvine Walker

From the article on For.TheLoveOfBooks.com by Brendan Sherar entitled “Google Suppresses Books Mentioning the Confederacy“:

In response to the recent tragedy in Charleston and subsequent (and just) calls to remove the confederate flag from public buildings and monuments, Google last week announced it was jumping on the growing bandwagon of corporations that are pulling merchandise featuring the confederate flag from their shelves. For Google, this means automatically disapproving these “product listing ads” that are uploaded to its popular shopping portal by individual online retailers.

It isn’t just items that bear the flag, either. Any book with “confederate” in the title or description is being removed from the Google product feed.

While we support the removal of that particular symbol from an exalted place in public spaces, this heavy-handed response from Google (and other large companies) is a bit much. We don’t want to rewrite history, just change the future.

You can read the full article (and see lovely examples of “prohibited books”) here:

http://for.theloveofbooks.com/2015/07/google-suppresses-books-mentioning-the-confederacy/

 

 

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


2015 Don Dario Scholarship Winner

August 10, 2012 CABS Janine Moodhe
August 10, 2012 CABS
Janine Moodhe

Books Renewed has been awarded the 2015 Don Dario Scholarship!

Biblio would like to thank to each and every applicant for the 2015 Don Dario scholarship for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

We receive quite a few applications for the Don Dario scholarship every year from our worthy booksellers and it is always difficult to choose only one of them to win! After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Christopher Korczak of Books Renewed to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2015. Congratulations, Christopher!

Christopher will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.  There is also a $250 donation heading to Little Free Libraries to help us to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

We wish Christopher a safe journey and a wonderful time in Colorado! We hope that he returns to Books Renewed in Massachusetts with a new wealth of knowledge about rare and antiquarian books.

To the many booksellers that were not choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year! Biblio.com 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.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


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! Biblio.com 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.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Diversity Dominates BookExpo America 2014

Authors Lead the Charge for More Diversity in Children’s Literature The 2014 BookExpo America convention was held this past weekend in New York City, and diversity in children and young adult fiction was the hot topic of discussion.  The nationwide conversation was jumpstarted by the Twitter hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks, first coined by authors disappointed when BookCon released the names of highlighted speakers at this year’s BookExpo, most of whom were white.  The announcement came at a time of increased scrutiny upon … Continued


Join us for the “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway on Facebook!

Join us on Friday, December 6th, 2013 for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway on Facebook!

LikesOur “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway is easy to play! Go to our Facebook page to Like our page and play along.

Each day for 12 days, we’ll post a question at 10am EDT, starting on December 6th. To participate, all you have to do is answer our question in the comments section, and we’ll use our random generator tool to select a daily winner. You have until 8:30am EDT the following morning to post your reply.

We’ll announce the daily winner that morning at 9am EDT. Each winner will receive a special 50% off coupon for their entire purchase on Biblio (up to $25 max discount).

Those 12 winners will then be entered into a grand prize drawing on Wednesday, December 18th, when one person will win free books for a year in 2014!

The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 18th at 4pm EDT. (more…)

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013)

Oscar Hijuelos at the Miami Book Fair International 1993
Oscar Hijuelos at the Miami Book Fair International 1993

Author Oscar Hijuelos passed away after a heart attack on Saturday at age 62 in New York.

Hijuelos was born to Cuban parents in New York and although he was often lauded as a Latino author, he did not appreciate being compartmentalized by ethnicity.  Even so, the common themes in his books are cultural assimilation in the “melting pot” of the United States, and he is listed as an inspiration by many younger Latino authors.

Best known for “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” a novel that won him the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, Hijuelos was the first Latino to win that book award.  Hijuelos also was awarded the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1983 and the Rome Prize in 1985 for his first published novel, “Our House in the Last World.”

Oscar Hijuelos wrote a memoir in 2011 that reminisced on the 1970’s in New York and his experience of being an aspiring Cuban writer, called “Thoughts without Cigarettes.

Our condolences are extended to his wife, author and poet Lori Marie Carlson.

Collectible editions of Oscar Hijuelos work are after the jump…

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Winner of the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship

Renaissance Books awarded the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship!

logo for Renaissance BooksWe want to extend a hearty appreciation to everyone who applied for this year’s Don Dario scholarship for the 2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

Each year, we receive a slew of applications from completely worthy and wonderful booksellers, and the hardest part is choosing only one of them to win!  After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle of Renaissance Books to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2013.  Congratulations, Malcolm!

Malcolm will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.    There is also a $250 donation heading to the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation (better known as Duffy Books in Homes) to assist them with their laudable goal of providing free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.

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

To the many booksellers that sadly we couldn’t choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year!  Biblio.com 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.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.