AE Monthly Articles - August - 2005 Issue

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Introducing an Index of American Magazines: 1741:1826

By Bruce McKinney

Most books are read from front to back but I challenge you to try to do this with any of the five volumes of Frank Luther Mott's A History of American Magazines. Every page has references to other pages, to footnotes and to indexes and it simply isn't possible to read any of the volumes as a book unless you simply decide to ignore all the bibliographical tendrils. Each one is a door into something curious and interesting. I couldn't ignore them and in time simply surrendered to the logic of the material and have read volume one [848 pages] as an extraordinary refer...

Aabe

Abebooks to Add Descriptions and Cover Photos to Listings

By Michael Stillman

Abebooks recently announced that they would be automatically adding prepackaged descriptions and stock dust jacket photographs to their listings, at least those with ISBN nu...

Jdunning

The Bookseller as Anti-Hero

Renee Magriel Roberts


It's summertime and it's hot and I'm looking for a quick read. The only things getting cooled around here are the books in my warehouse. I've got to get my mind off the...

Tvdinner

Gerry Thomas - Inventor of TV Dinners

By Bruce McKinney

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A man who touched the lives of almost all Americans over the past fifty years died on July 21st, at the age of 83. He probably lived that long in part because he ...

Agoogle

Controversy Surrounds Google Print For Libraries

By Michael Stillman

Back in December 2004, the search engine company Google announced a massive project to digitize old books. The project, named "Google Print for Libraries," involved scanning...

Tootie

Allison "Tootie" Montana, dead at 82

By Bruce McKinney
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Those who appreciate a good story and some history, whether it is in book form or not, may wish to pause for a moment to remember the life of Allison "Tootie" Montana,...

Flibrary

30,000 Books Missing From French National Library

By Michael Stillman

Over 30,000 books have disappeared from the French National Library. Somewhere between lost and stolen, these books have vanished. Between one and two thousand of them are c...

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You Can't Catch Death by Ianthe Brautigan [<i>but you can understand it better</i>]

A review by Bruce McKinney

Ms. Brautigan, in her memoir You Can't Catch Death, tells the story of her larger-than-life father Richard Brautigan, the author and iconoclast, and her relationship...

Footnote

An Enhancement to Message Board Valuations

By Bruce McKinney

Effective with the August issue of AEM we are beginning to selectively illustrate answers to appropriate questions with links to records in the AED. In this way we hope to pro...

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