Author Archives: The Book Roadie

Packing and Schlepping

This is the second installment in a series on moving. Packing and schlepping your books is what most folks think of when they think of moving, and most of the sad stories I hear about moving books come from poor … Continue reading

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Preparing to Move

This is the first installment in a series on moving. So, fellow bibliophile! You’re going to be moving soon? You have my sympathies! Moving a library can be a nightmare. Preparation is vital. Give Your Books a Once-Over Do you … Continue reading

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She’s BACK!

So! I’ve been AWOL from the blog for a while. Why? I moved. Nothing like prepping to move when you not only have over 1,200 books but are also something of a packrat. Ouch. So, I figured I’d do a … Continue reading

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I’m Selling Blank Books!

OK, so I think in theory, the way selling stuff online goes, you’re supposed to have a big co-ordinated launch thing with newsletters and tweets and posts and whatnot. Which is great, but I am sick and am jobhunting for … Continue reading

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The Art and Science of Cloth Rebacking

Last week I spent four days, 9:30-6ish, up at the San Francisco Center for the Book, learning how to do cloth rebacking. WTF is Cloth Rebacking? Well might you ask! Cloth rebacking is when you take a cloth-bound book that … Continue reading

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Care and Feeding of Books

How do you take care of your books? For most folks, the thought never really occurs. Books get tossed on shelves or plunked into boxes and left in all sorts of storage spaces, with little thought about their wellbeing. Those … Continue reading

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When is a Book not a Book?

Last week I finished a two-part class at the San Francisco Center for the Book which was ostensibly about making multiples of a structure (say, making a bunch of blank journals with the same number of pages and style of … Continue reading

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The Sensual Art of Bookbinding

In my day job, I sit at a desk and work on a computer all day, documenting all kinds of things, many of them theoretical (I recently spent over a week on a flowchart of how a very complex system … Continue reading

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Powell’s Pilgrimage 2011

I just got back from a week in Portland. It was awesome. (You know you wanna see my vacation pix.) As usual, it involved multiple trips to Powell’s. Also, my first ever purchases from the Rare Book Room and the … Continue reading

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An Experiment!

I’m a big fan of the scientific method, so when I heard that one way to save a book that’s been dropped in water was to toss it in a self-defrosting freezer, I had to check it out for myself. … Continue reading

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