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Dal manoscritto al libro elettronico: continuità, discontinuità, collezionismo e mercato

Published on 27 July 2012
Cominciamo con l'affermare che anche il manoscritto è un libro, seppur prodotto con una tecnica diversa da quelle oggi più note (la scrittura manuale, che rende gli esemplari, anche se prodotti in serie, copie uniche), ma con una fisicità del tutto simile a quella del libro tipografico: forma, materiali e, in parte, paratesto, e premettiamo che non ci occupiamo se non di sfuggita del "supporto" fisico, che poi è la carta, senza la quale mai il libro sarebbe diventato un prodotto industriale (o proto-industriale), e che ha una sua, importante, storia, che in Europa comincia a partire circa dal XIII secolo. Quando apparve il primo libro a stampa, quasi nessuno capì la rivoluzionaria novità: esso infatti si rivolgeva allo stesso pubblico del manoscritto e si presentava allo stesso modo.
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The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) Launches a New Website

Published on 20 June 2012
The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) is pleased to announce that the new ALAI website, entirely renewed in graphics and content, is now online. You are invited to have a look at all the new features it contains. The site's homepage includes a section dedicated to the associated booksellers' catalogs. The material that each member will upload (news, catalogs, photographs, videos, events), will then remain filed in the page dedicated to him, which can be regarded as a sort of small website reserved to a single member.
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Online Bookselling before the Internet

Published on 11 April 2012
Do you remember Abacis? It was one of the first attempts in the early days of the Internet to establish an online database for rare books. "Abacis started with five or six employees, which quickly grew to more than ten, six of whom were devoted to library and dealer sales. I worked in dealer sales and within six months I got over 200 dealers to sign up. However, many dealers said they would never get a computer or that they were happy with AB Bookman. Many told us that our idea would never work." Ed Johnson remembers the good old times.
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Europeana - A project by the European Commission against the 'Dark Age' of private digitalization

Published on 19 Jan. 2011
"Can Europe afford to be inactive and wait, or leave it to one or more private players to digitise our common cultural heritage? Our answer is a resounding 'no'," German national library head Elisabeth Niggeman, Maurice Levy and Jacques de Decker say in their recent EU report. They are strong supporters of Europeana, a project of the European Commission launched in 2008.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Netspeak for The Private Library

Published on 05 Jan. 2011
We know several book collectors who collect books about the technologies and personalities associated with computers. Some of these collectors have been collecting such books for decades. A few of these book collections are fairly comprehensive, encompassing everything from foundational works like John Napier's Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614) to the latest installment of Computers for Dummies. (Even with the advent of ebooks, the great majority of this literature continues to have a print equivalent. Why is that?) Other such collections, though, are more focused: they deal only with the invention and evolution of personal computers, for example, or with the invention and evolution of the Internet.
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Virtual or real?

Published on 11 Jan. 2010
Phil Patton about the advantages of having good literature on the iPhone and the incomparable joy of having a real book in his hands. Pros and cons of digital libraries ...
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Buying Books on the Internet

Published on 14 Dec. 2009
Following is an essay Helen wrote in 1997. What is amazing is that NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN. Except for changing the number of years we have been in business (from 20 to 30) the essay is just as it was ...
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And the Oscar goes to: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

"Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time." As usual the Academy Awards 2012 saw lots of George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but the secret hero of the evening was: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
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The Mulvihill Collection of Rare & Special Books and Images

The Florida Bibliophile Society Web site has now posted, from the December 11, 2011 issue of the Society's newsletter, a digital copy of the Society's two-page feature on Maureen E. Mulvihill's recent talk on her collection, hosted by the Florida Bibliophile Society and the University of Tampa Library.
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Bibliographies - Hawaii

Online: Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography
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Tante Trude and the E-Book

"Well, yes", she answered, "but still, you know, real books … remember that time in London when I was allowed to touch that prayer book? THAT was a book, this is a reading machine." - A great day for all her fans. Tante Trude is back! Healthy, in good shape, reading Kindle and eating Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.
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Lost Lincoln letter returned to the Archives

The Washington Post reports: "A Civil War-era letter written by Abraham Lincoln that went missing at an unknown date has surfaced and has been returned to the National Archives . … An Archives employee saw the document listed for sale in 2009 and recognized it as belonging to the government. When contacted, Panagopous who was representing a family from Rhode Island in the sale, had already sold the documents to a New York dealer. Upon realizing the provenance of the papers, Panagopulos refunded the purchase price to the dealer to get them back and the Rhode Island family, in turn, agreed to refund the money they had been paid so the papers could be retuned to the government."
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The Book Illustrations Of Humphrey Bogart's Mother

In 1898, Baby's Record was published by Frederick A. Stokes Co. of New York. Issued in three simultaneous editions featuring one, six, or twelve color illustrations, the book was by Maud Humphrey, who, in the same year, married Dr. Belmont De Forest Bogart. A year later, on Christmas Day, she bore a son. The couple named him Humphrey.
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