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Librarians get in GABBS for free

GABBS logoAnyone heard of this? Or going? It’s on August 1-2 and sounds really cool and seems like book bargains could be found, especially since they are still in start-up mode. I think it’s only the second year for the Great American Bargain Book Show, which is aimed at libraries and book sellers. It’s also good to see these types of expos down in our corner of the country.

It popped up on my radar because I saw where they are letting librarians in for free. I’m not a librarian. I just like to keep up with all the cool kids! The rest of us have to pay the $60 fee ($50 if you pre-register).

Novels in nuggets

DaliyLit.com is now serving up dollop size doses of books. The new service sends you the book you are reading in installments, either via email or rss, so that you don’t have to ‘burden’ yourself with finding a place to sit and actually hold a book.

I guess there is a market for this? I can’t imagine reading The Terror (which I am about to finish) in my RSS reader alongside random posts from the blogs I lurk. I wondered how long it would take to read a book, the faq’s say:

…am currently reading Dracula, which has 187 installments and I am receiving installments on weekdays, i.e. 5 days/week. So at most it will take me 187/5 = 37 weeks. But when I am on the train or waiting, I often read more than one installment, so I usually wind up reading about 10 installments/week. This means I will finish Dracula in about 19 weeks or 5 months.

I guess that “send me the next installment immediately” feature helps some. The cool part are all the free titles. You don’t have to pay for the Public Domain stuff. So most of the classics are there. I couldn’t find any book that cost more than $6.95. So I guess there’s that factor too.

Let me know if any of you have experience with a service like this. It just seems like it’d be too hard to digest the books in any meaningful way.

{via Guardian Unlimited}

A Gamut of Games

I wish I had seen this bookish game pre-holidays, but I’m just now discovering it {via kimbooktu}. This one comes with a mini-bookshelf to place all your many mini-books, library card, you get your own bookstore… what could be more fun?

I’m anxious to add it to the other two games already sitting in my closet Booktastic and The Booklover’s Edition of Trivial Pursuit. If you know of any other bookcentric games, please pass them along!

The Literacy Council Used Bookstore

lc01.jpgThe Literacy Council
2301 First Avenue North, Suite 102
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-326-1925 and 1-888-448-7323
Fax: 205-326-0538
Email: info@literacy-council.org

It’s easy to miss this place. The doors are tucked up under an awning along 1st Avenue North. Most days you have to ring the doorbell to be let in. Just tell the person at the desk that you are there for the book sale and they’ll wind you around the office to the back area with all of the books. This space also doubles as a conference room. So if someone is having a meeting, you’ll have to come back later. But you can’t beat the prices and you never know what you’ll find. There are plenty of remainders but then also, just as many pristine copies of donated books.

The book store is open 8:30- 5:00, Monday through Friday.
Hardbacks $3.00, Softbacks $2.00,
Used books and advance copies $1.00
Buy 5 and get the 6th free.