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Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: A Collection of Facts About Poe's "The Raven" - BOOK RIOT

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: A Collection of Facts About Poe's "The Raven"  - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
You remember the poem “The Raven,” the man in the chamber, and the constant quote of “Nevermore,” right? For some reason, we can’t forget it. 1.
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Extremely creepy: Poe's thoughts on the death of a woman being the most poetical thing..,
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Have You Been Organizing Your Bookshelf All Wrong?

Have You Been Organizing Your Bookshelf All Wrong? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Alphabetically, chronologically or autobiographically. Such are the methods of organization we select from when sorting our beloved collections of movies, records or books.


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"K + X > 361 > K—Z, where K represents current number of books owned, X represents a newly acquired book, and Z represents a book to be removed."

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Calvin and Hobbes were even more destructive than you think

Calvin and Hobbes were even more destructive than you think | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Childhood distorts your memories in strange ways — everything seems bigger, more extensive, more dramatic. Take the seminal comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, for example. Much of its 1985 - 1995 run...
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Loved Calvin even if he was destructive and he had such a great vocabulary! :)
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Apple acquires BookLamp, which was once a great book recommendation site

Apple acquires BookLamp, which was once a great book recommendation site | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Apple has acquired BookLamp, the Boise, Idaho-based startup that aimed to provide better book recommendations based on thousands of elements of a book’s text.
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Dear #Apple, please oh please put this to good use. Sincerely, a reader and author.
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Tweet from @PSFK

Tweet from @PSFK | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Hemingwrite typing device aimed at distraction-free writing
http://bit.ly/1w8H6Wi pic.twitter.com/SMpQOiW6tp
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Love the look of the Hemingwrite, but isn't it just a dressed-up Alphasmart?

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Discover Friedrich Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the “Malling-Hansen Writing Ball”

Discover Friedrich Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the “Malling-Hansen Writing Ball” | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Check out the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, the 19th century proto-typewriter that Nietzsche used to type up some 60 manuscripts.
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Very Steampunk. 

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Mr. Darcy, Mystery, and Match.com - Girlfriends Book Club

Mr. Darcy, Mystery, and Match.com  - Girlfriends Book Club | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
This month at GBC we’re mixing it up with Match.com profiles of our protagonists. I love list-type posts, so I had to play along. If my protag had a Match.com profile… Name: Kate Sharp Age: Mid-twenties Occupation: Location scout City of Residence: Currently, bouncing back and forth between L.A. and England City of Birth: Los …
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The chemistry behind the smell of old books

The chemistry behind the smell of old books | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

What gives old books that ever-so-distinctive smell? Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK, gives us all a quick primer with this infographic posted on his website, Compound Interest.


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14 Amazing Bookish Halloween Costumes for Children - BOOK RIOT

14 Amazing Bookish Halloween Costumes for Children - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Halloween approaches. Let's prepare by cooing over these bookish Halloween costumes for the littlest of readers.
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Too cute! 

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Evangeline Denmark's curator insight, October 6, 2:16 PM

A little Happy for your Monday. Our oldest was a hobbit for his second Halloween. Must dig those pictures out for the oohing and the ahhing and the MOM!!!!-ing.

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Londoners accidentally pay for free Wi-Fi with a firstborn, because no one reads anymore

Londoners accidentally pay for free Wi-Fi with a firstborn, because no one reads anymore | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Consider this: In a 2008 study, the Nielson Norman Group consulting firm concluded that Internet users probably only actually read about 20 percent of the words they "read." We've convinced ourselves that we're master speed readers, but we're actually just skimming.

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I skim all the time...there's so much text out there! I only read the good stuff. :)

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How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? - Personal Creations Blog

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books? - Personal Creations Blog | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
We're all busy people. So we took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish them.
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How WW1 shaped Agatha Christie - and Detective Poirot

How WW1 shaped Agatha Christie - and Detective Poirot | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

After 39 years, Hercule Poirot is back in a new novel. Here Kate Weinberg looks at how the First World War shaped his creator (RT @TelegraphBooks: #AgathaChristie was born on this day 1890.


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Really interesting background on Christie and how WWI shaped her writing. 

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Map: the book that best represents each US state

Map: the book that best represents each US state | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Some places are hard to imagine apart from the stories that are told about them.


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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, October 20, 2:13 PM

Interesting concept.

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Amazon slated to open pop-up retail store in upscale San Francisco mall - GeekWire

Amazon slated to open pop-up retail store in upscale San Francisco mall - GeekWire | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is experimenting with brick-and-mortar retail. Amazon is set to open a retail store in San Francisco as early as next week, according
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Trust Amazon to doing things differently. Start an e-commerce store and *then* open a brick-and-mortar location. 

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Top book-recommendation platforms: what are your favourites?

Top book-recommendation platforms: what are your favourites? | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
We round up the best places for reading recommendations on the web. But do you use them? Which ones do you prefer and why? Or do you resort to more traditional methods to find your next read?
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Book discovery sites
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Meet Tasha Alexander

Meet Tasha Alexander | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
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If you like #historical #mysteries, check out my friend @talexander's newest, Counterfeit Heiress, and @bookpage Q&A

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Tweet from @booksandgirls

Tweet from @booksandgirls | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
What I've learned in 10 years as a published novelist #writingtips #amwriting http://girlfriendsbookclub.org/2014/10/ive-learned-ten-years-published-author/ … …
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Some excellent advice...

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Getting Past The 'Bookstore Barrier': Freethy And Ingram Go Into Print

Getting Past The 'Bookstore Barrier': Freethy And Ingram Go Into Print | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
Author Barbara Freethy is the best-of-the-bestselling indie authors in Amazon's KDP program. She has sold 4.8 million ebooks. But until now she hasn't been able to break the "bookstore barrier." No...
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Good news for indies...

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These witty page markers make your books look like something else

These witty page markers make your books look like something else | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

Turn your books and documents into miniature landscapes and movie scenes whenever you place sticky notes on them. Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton (who also made the Rainbow Pencils) recently came up with Sticky Page Markers, post-its that look like New York, London, and even a Martian landscape when grouped together.


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Nobel Prize Trivia Time! - BOOK RIOT

Nobel Prize Trivia Time! - BOOK RIOT | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
nobel prize in literature swedish academy alice munro toni morrison doris lessing jean-paul sartre boris pasternak rudyard kipling
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How Libraries Preserve E-books - Publishers Weekly

How Libraries Preserve E-books - Publishers Weekly | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
As the e-book market develops on a licensed-access model, librarians caution that we are tumbling toward a digital memory hole in which large portions of our literary heritage could one day be lost altogether.

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Good questions that apply to readers as well as libraries. 

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Alyson Tyler's curator insight, October 6, 11:36 AM

Thought provoking article

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How Even Bestselling Writers Sabotage Themselves (And How To Learn From Their Mistakes.) - Girlfriends Book Club

How Even Bestselling Writers Sabotage Themselves (And How To Learn From Their Mistakes.) - Girlfriends Book Club | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
  You encounter an author, and it’s love at first page. You declare your devotion over Facebook and write giddy reviews on Goodreads. When the author publishes new work, you fall on it like a jackal. But then, the inevitable happens: You read their book—maybe it’s their second; maybe it’s their seventh—and you’re deeply disappointed. …
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Excellent post about how to keep your writing fresh...

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One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service

One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it

The balance of power between publisher and reader has been fundamentally altered.

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Once again, the shift of bringing the reader to the center of things causes huge shifts....

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Slow Reading movement wants you to slooooow down, read better » MobyLives

Slow Reading movement wants you to slooooow down, read better » MobyLives | All Things Bookish | Scoop.it
In the tradition of slow design, slow food, slow living, and, sure, the slow loris, slow reading advocates would like you to stop doing everything so darn quickly. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the modern pace of…
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As long as people are reading... 

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Debamoy Ghosh's curator insight, September 18, 5:42 AM

slow reading is a good option for people who lost themselves among social networks ...