Category: Tips an Tricks

Pins: Decorating and Mainten..

Pins: Decorating and Maintence. (Or, How to keep Your Pins from Falling Off Your Bag)

  As bookworms we always seem to collect a large amount of swag. One of my favorite types of swag is in the form of pins and buttons. Not only are they fun to decorats your bags with but they are great conversation pieces. “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT PIN?” my coworkers ask. “Oh its […]

August 28, 2018

Recommended Tools for Book C..

Recommended Tools for Book Care

When caring for your own books there’s always certain tools that will help you get the most out of a quality repair. Some brands will do better than others. You don’t need to buy a full kit, just the pieces that you need. Here’s what I recommend.     Book Tape:  I personally like the […]

August 1, 2018

Services You Might Find At Y..

Services You Might Find At Your Local Library

  Every library is different. That means that you get a unique experience anytime you walk into one. The budgets, the people, these things all impact the different services available at each library and branch. This list is by no means exhaustive and will by no means apply to every library. If you’re curious about […]

July 25, 2018

Library e-Cards, Overdrive, ..

Library e-Cards, Overdrive, and Digital Services

  With the digital age as prominent as it is many libraries have seen fit to keep up with the times. One of the ways they are doing this is by offering digital collections that you can access right from your home. This is not exactly a new function, ebooks have been available from many libraries […]

July 23, 2018

Tip and Tricks: Bookshelf Ma..

Tip and Tricks: Bookshelf Maintenance

If you’re anything like me you’re bookshelves are probably in a state of half collapse under a mountain of double stacked books. So what’s a bookworm to do? Here’s a few tips to keep those shelves for as long as possible before you finally go about replacing them. Help! My shelves are curving and bending! […]

September 9, 2017

Identifying Advance Reader C..

Identifying Advance Reader Copies (ARCs): A Guide for Readers and Used Booksellers

Alright, we’ve got to talk about a thing here. Every time I walk into a used bookstore or a Goodwill I see tons of ARCs for sale. A few places don’t care and earn a permanent side eye from me. Others have told me that they were unaware of what arcs were and had no […]

August 25, 2017

Tips and Tricks: Used Bookst..

Tips and Tricks: Used Bookstore Browsing

Used Bookstore Browsing You walk into a used bookstore and what do you see? Rows upon rows of books of all shapes and sizes, often mushed together in narrow isles. Sometimes not as well organized as an indie or retail bookstore would be and definitely not as well staffed. How does one navigate such a […]

February 23, 2017

Tips and Tricks: Bookish ..

Tips and Tricks: Bookish “Spring Cleaning”

“Spring Cleaning” Every year I put my shelves through a rigorous “spring cleaning” process. Some years I only get rid of a few things, this year I got rid of over 100. It depends on mood, what I have, and what I’ve read that year. Some years, like the last 2 or three, I do […]

February 22, 2017

Tips and Tricks: Book Festiv..

Tips and Tricks: Book Festivals and Conventions

Sadly, I did not make it to BEA this year. But all is not lost because I’ll be at The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival for my third year in a row. Book festivals and conventions have a lot in common and one of those things are the tips I would give people who are […]

May 10, 2016

Tips and Tricks: On Repairin..

Tips and Tricks: On Repairing Pages

  Ever read a book so often that the pages come loose from the spine? Or let a sibling borrow one only to find that they’ve treated it so poorly that it’s starting to fall apart? Or maybe, like me, you buy a lot of used books only to get it home and find the […]

February 9, 2016