Bookish links

Often I run across interesting blog posts or news items on the internet, so I figured I could share them once in a while.

Little Free Libraries are taking root on lawns

“Todd Bol wanted to honor his mother, a former teacher and book lover who died a decade ago. So two years ago, Bol built a miniature model of a library, filled it with books for anyone to take, and placed it outside his home in Hudson, Wis.”

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

“With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door?”

Medieval garbage in Leiden University Library (video)

“Erik Kwakkel recently discovered a manuscript made entirely from ‘offcuts’ – leftovers from parchment production that were normally thrown out – in the University Library Leiden. It is the first time that such book has been identified in Dutch collections.” (source)

Turning writers into motherfucking rock stars (somewhat older but forever hilarious)

“And see, while sometimes I lament that this writing career gets — in the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield — no respect, maybe what we need is to go so far down respect’s throat we come out the other side, surfing an effluent tide of flaming typewriters, LSD habits, and public badassery. We need literary rock star heroes to swoop in and save publishing.”

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