A is for Alibi
Posted on November 3rd, 2017
Once upon a time there was a struggling author who stumbled on unexpected inspiration. She made a list of all the crime-related words she knew, and began 26-book-long writing streak, covering every kind of crime from A to Z.
‘Z is for Zero’ will be the end of Sue Grafton‘s murderous series featuring the now-famous Kinsey Millhone, but collectors will want to go back to the beginning – back to ‘A is for Alibi‘.
We currently have two copies of this treasure – one for the collector on a budget and one for the collector who has everything.
The budget copy is a first UK edition, but it is an ex-library copy, bringing the price down to budget level for a collector’s edition.
The copy for the collector who has everything is a true first in near fine condition. This is a beautiful copy that every Kinsey Millhone fan would be proud to have on their shelf.
Get your alibi today!
Google Policy Violators
Posted on April 13th, 2016
Recently, Google updated their policies and the algorithms behind them, and we’ve started discovering disapproved items in our Google Shopping feed. These are some items we’ve had to either pull or have manually reviewed, along with the policy the item violates. We continue to be amused as this mini banned books list as it grows and hope you will get a kick out of it as much as we do. Happy browsing, fellow bookworms!
This classic young adult novel was identified as being a pharmaceutical product making misleading claims. Goodness gracious, Google, get your mind out of the gutter! Sometimes a horse is just a horse. We were able to request a manual review of this item, so it will eventually show back up in our shopping feed, but you don’t have to wait – it’s available now direct from our store.
This classic mystery novel was identified, as best as we can tell, as being a corpse. When we were trying to discover what policy it violated, Google pointed us to the word “spine” used in the item description and referenced policies about cadavers. This is one of our favorite policy violators. We’re sure the author would be amused by this mis-identification. You can purchase this unique book directly from our catalog, even though it’s no longer on Google Shopping.
This historical work, is according to some, a “must read” for civil war buffs, but it is too controversial for Google. Get it direct from us instead.
There is a type of Google policy violation our feed manager describes as “super secret, so bad that it can’t be manually overridden”. When an item is flagged for one of these types of violations, Google is reticent to tell us what policy has been violated, and only offers vague suggestions to “change something” and try again. Anyone want to guess what policy this item violates and how to bring it into compliance? We don’t, so it’s not available on Google shopping.
This is another of our “super secret, so bad that it can’t be manually overridden” policy violators. We simply can’t imagine what policy a hymnal might violate, but, until we can figure out how to bring it into compliance, it’s a policy violator! If you enjoy hymnals and also enjoy feeling rebellious, this little policy violator is a perfect fit for your collection! You can buy it today, direct from our site!
10 Reasons Everyone Should be a Book Collector
Posted on July 14th, 2015
- The Thrill of the Chase
The quest for a rare book is one full of adventure. Your path will take you to the physical and virtual storefronts of bookstores around the globe. Along the way, you will start conversations with countless strangers, and many of them will become friends.
- The Excitement of Attainment
After being on your quest for a while, one day, you’ll see it, and, to you, it will be surrounded in a golden aura of delight. Your heart will throb, your palms will sweat, and, for a moment, you’ll feel like a poet in love.
- Some Things Never Change
There is a comfort in the illustrations of our childhood picture books, the cover art of the novels that shaped our teenage years, the inspirational text of our college favorites laid out on the page in institutional text. Like photographs of times past, they provide an unchanging window into the world we once lived in
- Change is the Only Constant
Books are fragile things. They get dogeared. They get soaked in the rain or splashed by the ocean’s spray. They get too close to a candle or campfire. The books that survive repeated readings are precious just because they still exist.
- There’s no Edition Like a First Edition
First editions are often the centerpiece items of a collection. It feels good to be first, and it feels good to know you have the first one. Not only that, but many first editions will increase in value over the years.
- Books are Always On Topic
Whatever you love, there’s a book about that. Books inform experts and enthusiasts alike, and provide entertainment for children of all ages. No matter how mainstream or obscure your interests are, you’ll always be able to find a complementary book.
- No Batteries Required
Old school is cool, especially for travelers. Whether you travel through overcrowded air and ground terminals or just take long road trips, books never need a charging station or wifi access. For folks who take old-school adventures on horseback, bicycle, or foot, charging stations can be days apart, but a lightweight paperback will provide great power-free entertainment.
- The Family Tree Becomes The Family Bookcase
Books can provide a priceless heirloom, regardless of any financial value of the library. Books store our history with them, they capture our scents, our dirty fingerprints, the tears we cried every time we re-read an especially moving page. Our personal library keeps a record of who we are as the contents change over time, and, for those who love us most, our library can be a comforting and insightful legacy.
- No-fuss Home Decor
A big case filled with high quality books can be the only decoration a room needs. They provide atmosphere and warmth, enhancing the space with the personality of your unique collection. Books always start great conversations at social gatherings.
- Books Have a Good Rep
Hanging out with books is good for your image. Reading them is even better for your image. Books can make you smarter, and improve your self esteem.
Why do you think everyone should collect books?