IMG_5527Dear readers,

I’m happy to announce that For the Love of Bookshops has moved to a self-hosted site. This move has been in the works for some time now, and I’m over the moon to see it finally get off the ground. My apologies if you’ve tried to find me these past couple of days and were redirected. While I’m still ironing out a few kinks (don’t worry, those pictures on old posts are coming back!), I couldn’t wait any longer to show you around the new site. All the old content you’re used to seeing is there, plus a few new features that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in future. folks, while you will continue to see updates from my blog on your Reader, you will no longer receive emails when I publish a new post. :( If this makes you as sad as it makes me, you can Subscribe via email on the new site (the button is in the sidebar in the top-right corner). That way we can continue to hang out.

Email subscribers, you will continue to get updates same as ever.

Thank you for staying with me in this transition. More to come later today.




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This funny short film illustrates what not to do in case you were thinking about returning your Nooks (in light of the recent news.) Changing times for Barnes & Noble, huh? What do you think: is this the end of the big box bookstore, or just a temporary hiccup?

(Above photo of B&N former Chief Executive William Lynch; video from by Iris Huey)



I had no idea. Clearly he is a man of impeccable tastes. I’m obsessed with this fact almost as much as I’m obsessed with this tumblr, Letters of Note, on which I discovered a cute anecdote and hand-typed letter from the legend himself. The story goes that the folks over at the Nerdist Podcast wanted to secure Hanks as a guest on their show. Knowing he was an ardent typewriter collector, they sent him a 1934 Smith Corona along with their request. This was his response:TomHanksletterWhat a dude.

PS, More typewriter love from Kigali, Rwanda, Tattly the temporary tattoo company, and the perfect bookmobile.

Typists in RwandaLike characters from an Andrew McCall Smith book, these Rwandan women earn their living typing everything from CVs to love letters from roadside booths in Kigali, reported Jenny Clover in the Guardian on Friday.

Typist Marie Gorette Nimukuze explains: “it’s very confidential what we do, we never tell people what we’ve written. When people ask us to write letters there is a trust there and we don’t break it.”

Her colleague Aurelie Mukankwiro says her favorite thing to write are plays people have written.

Sadly, computers are encroaching on their business. The women fear that in five years they won’t be there.

Much is gained with the increased accessibility to computers — that’s obvious — but so much is lost in the process. Don’t you think?

If they do go out of business, I hope someone interviews them and puts their stories in a book. Or better yet, they should write their own.

(Photo by Sean Jones)


Cat Watercolour PRINT, Music Art, Headphones, Orange Tabby, Watercolor Cat, 8x10 print

I’ve been doing this new thing where I check out audiobooks from the library. My New Year’s resolution to ride the subway at least a couple days a week  has fallen *ahem* by the wayside. For many reasons. My laziness being just one of them. In place of that precious extra 1.5 hours reading time that my subway commute affords, I figured I’d let someone else read to me. It has certainly made even Atlanta driving — dare I say it? — something of a pleasure.

Right now I’m listeninto The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Have you read it? Do you ever listen to audiobooks? What are some of your favorites (books and narrators)? I can see how you could become loyal to certain narrators, seeing as you’re entrusting them with bringing the characters to life. I wonder if Ira Glass has narrated any books. ;)

(Cat watercolor by WaterInMyPaint)

Assateague Island

Dear Friends,

You may remember I was gifted an iPad last Christmas. I know. Hugely generous gift. Not complaining at all. But, having stood in the “real book” camp for so long, I’ve struggled to transition to the iPad for reading/book-related activities. Actually, I’ve failed miserably. When I wrote this post in January, I hadn’t even read a book on my iPad. Almost a year later, I still haven’t. In fact, not a lot has changed in my life as far as how I interact with technology, compared with a year ago when I owned a computer only. I still read books because, at the end of a long day of staring at a computer screen, I don’t want to stare at a screen some more.

I have experimented with a few apps and my favorites, i.e., the ones I use consistently, are: This American Life podcast, WordPress for iPad, Scoutmob, IndieBound (which I use to search local indie bookshops when I’m traveling to a new city) and Noteshelf (a cool app that lets you draw on photos). But aside from these guys, I haven’t found any other apps that apply to my lifestyle.

So I’m asking you folks, because I know you’ll know, what are some of your favorite apps? Particularly of a bookish bent? Do you make refrigerator poetry on your iPad? Do you study T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land?

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