Our Top Stories of 2013

It’s that time of year--before we shove out the old and ring in the new, let’s take a quick look at last year’s top ten blog posts here at Fine Books. ICYMI...

#1 Ten Reasons a Pessimist can be Optimistic About the Future of the Book. Pulled from a talk I gave at Drew University last year, my thoughts on the future of the physical book.

#2 Books: A Documentary, Starring Larry McMurtry. A report (and a trailer) on the upcoming documentary about McMurtry’s famous auction.

#3 Top Collectible Children’s Books. Antiquarian bookseller Helen Younger of Aleph-Bet Books in New York offers a revamped list, from Peter Slovenly to Harry Potter.

#4 Bright Young Librarians: Meghan Constantinou. From our series profiling the next generation of special collections librarians; this one is on the Grolier Club’s librarian.

#5 Recent Top Ebay Book Sales. Mitch Fraas finds an incunable, an early modern manuscript, a modern first, and one of the great collectible atlases in the last quarter of 2012.

#6 The Bookman’s Tale. A review of Charlie Lovett’s novel, featuring an antiquarian bookseller, his dead wife, and a Hinman collator.

#7 Bright Young Things: Jason Rovito. From our series profiling the next generation of antiquarian booksellers; this one is on the proprietor of Paper Books in Toronto.

#8 The Xenia Relief Project. How the book trade helped Blue Jacket Books in Ohio after the store lost 20,000 books in the aftermath of a burst water pipe.

#9 Bright Young Librarians: Anne Bahde. From our series profiling the next generation of special collections librarians; this one is on the History of Science Librarian in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

#10 Bright Young Things: David Anthem. From our series profiling the next generation of antiquarian booksellers; this one is on The Andalusia Bookman in Philadelphia.
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