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Ethics of downloading ebooks

Please help me decide how to ethically consume books now that I'm the owner of a brand shiny new Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 14, 2014 - 28 answers

Thought exercise: Dystopian Future Library

The scenario: access to the internet has been cut off due to (insert your worst fears here). Your only reading/reference material that you now have access to is what is on your shelves at home. Question: what are the best books to have stocked your shelves with beforehand?
posted by anemone on Nov 11, 2014 - 15 answers

How to set up a home library when I can't buy all new shelves

I'm moving my approximately 900 books to a new apartment and will be combining them with my fiancee's books. I need tips for organization. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Aug 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Friends, librarians, fifth-grade teachers, lend me your eyes

Librarians and school book buyers of Metafilter! When you are looking at an author's website, what kind of information do you want to see when deciding what books to stock? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on May 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Blogs written by bookstore employees or librarians

Google doesn't seem to help in regards to what I'm looking for, which is personal blogs written by either bookstore employees or librarians, detailing their day-to-day adventures (or misadventures); perhaps an anonymous blog would be even better, because I appreciate reading snarky and critical posts, too, about dealing with weird costumers, for example. Also, when it comes to librarians' blogs, I'm not looking for the more technical aspects of the library world (that's why Google didn't help). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by denika on Apr 25, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me find a pair of novels set in the future with magic.

Trying to find a pair of novels set in the near future North America that I read sometime between 1990 and 2004 approximately. The "big idea" is that neopagan magic "returns" (or at least everyone believes it does, and acts accordingly) with the millennium. The protagonist of one novel is pregnant with the next world spiritual leader. In one scene, a prophet yells at her, "you're full of fish!" Another novel with the same setting (perhaps the same novel) involved a conspiracy and had a genderqueer magical cyberpunk/hacker as a minor character. I remember them as similar to Galveston by Sean Stewart but I'm pretty certain they're not by Stewart. It's not Bone Dance or DeLint, and they had nothing to do with Shadowrun. Help appreciated. They're probably not all that great, but the pair were striking enough that a few things stick out.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Physical security measure to prevent book theft

I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 28, 2014 - 27 answers

More recent nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs

I love reading nonfiction about pharmaceutical drugs, their development, use, methods of action, etc. What's out there lately that I should read? Recent books I've read inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Picture Book Filter

Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Classic children's mysteries seek recipient

What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Best way to manage a small library at work?

I am buying a bookshelf to centralize the books (<500) currently strewn about our office at work. I would like to setup a simple system for keeping track of books in inventory, and manage who borrows what. Ideally there would be a simple web-based piece of software built specifically for this, but I am open to a more lo-if solution if necessary. Bonus points if its not specific to books, but able to manage more things to let people borrow among a trusted group. There are about 150 people in the office.
posted by wordsmith on Aug 10, 2013 - 9 answers

How to manage a too-large collection of foreign language books?

Since I move a lot, I try not to keep too many books. I don't mind getting rid of the English ones. But with the foreign language ones, I get anxious about sunk costs, and how hard they would be to replace... how do I decide what to keep, and what to discard? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Jun 9, 2013 - 11 answers

help me manage a hybrid library?

After years of academia & the endemic rootlessness that comes with it, I have finally gotten myself a Permanent Job (yay!!) which means, among many things, that I can finally consolidate my book diaspora into one place. I've a huge number of books which are both physical and digital. Here's the problem: I want my library space to reflect both. Any suggestions? Details below. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on May 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Bladdered bat book...?

What's this novel? I just got a reference request to identify the book/series that has vampires and "bats with big bladders under their bellies". Vampire books are not my forte. Complete question inside. Help? [more inside]
posted by gillyflower on Dec 10, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I part with my precious books? No, really.

All my books are assembling in one house. Help me figure out what is a reasonable amount of books to keep, and which books I should stoop. Also, how to emotionally handle letting go of lots and lots of books. [more inside]
posted by corb on Dec 9, 2012 - 45 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad.

Are there any good dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols? [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Ex-libris-publica depreciation of rare/valuable books

I saved some interesting books from being thrown out by my public library. Apparently they were discarding part of their local historical collection. I grabbed a bunch that looked cool/interesting and it turns out one or two of them have sold online for decent sums. I'm not interested in selling any of them (they are cool!) but I am curious as to how their ex-libris-publica condition affects their worth. [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Oct 25, 2012 - 12 answers

I need suggestions for library books

Help me pick out what books to check out from the library next. (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by emilynoa on Jul 2, 2012 - 18 answers

What are some good software solutions to help organize a small personal library?

I am looking for a software solution to help organize a small personal library. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 24, 2012 - 12 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

Using images from public library special collection?

How do I choose an image from a large collection of rare (or rare editions of) illustrated children's books at the public library? The Friends of that Library would like to use one of the images to promote a fundraiser for the collection, and I need some help navigating copyright and practical issues surrounding that choice. [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Nov 2, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?

Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Sep 15, 2011 - 63 answers

Need LOC numbers for 7500 books.

Have library of 7500 print books. Have Android phone with barcode scanner. Want to order them by Library of Congress number. Is there an app for that? [more inside]
posted by tully_monster on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

"Happy families are all alike," but I want to read about them

"Happy families are all alike," which presumably makes things difficult for novelists, who need conflict to drive plot. But since I don't have a lot of great relationship models in my life, I'd like to read some novels about people with good marital or romantic relationships. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe on Aug 11, 2011 - 27 answers

What should I know about long-term maintenance of a large library of personal books?

What should I know about long-term maintenance of a large library of personal books? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Apr 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Vexed Ex Libris

Help me prune my book collection! I have over a thousand books and really need to slim it down. I'd like to reduce the book count by at least one hundred but can't seem to do it. Many have sat unread for years. In the past, I've said to myself that I'll read them 'someday' as an excuse for keeping them around. I'm fooling myself. What process, criteria or rule of thumb should I use to help me prune my library, overcome the (admittedly) irrational tome attachment, and make my collection a plum size once more.
posted by storybored on Mar 3, 2011 - 32 answers

I want to go to a book to find a library

All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!), and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Help finding an inexpensive, yet totally awesome, book!

What book should I choose to be dedicated to me in honor of my recent graduation? [more inside]
posted by jenny76 on Sep 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I lend a collection of art books?

[LibraryFilter] Can I lend a collection of art books to a library? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I digitize my entire library?

I have many books - several thousand. I may soon be moving to a house with more limited space. I'm considering scanning all the books, and then destroying them or putting them into storage. Is this feasible? What hardware and software would I need? Has anyone done this already, and are there any internet resources to help with this? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Aug 11, 2010 - 56 answers

How do I protect my book library with renter's insurance?

How do I protect my book library with renter's insurance? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on May 21, 2010 - 8 answers

I will distill you into your bookshelf.

What books can you use to judge a person's fiction preferences? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Apr 19, 2010 - 45 answers

How long will I have a library record?

How long do libraries keep fines "on the books"? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Mar 15, 2010 - 39 answers

Help me photograph books (light, angles) and do it without destroying library books.

I have a bookshelf covered (on the front) with a flat surface). I would like to cover this flat surface with photographs of the bookshelf (minus the cover) with books in it. I'm hoping for a trompe l'oiel type effect so it looks like a bookshelf with books. Three questions: 1. How do I work out the angles/math etc. of the photographs 2. What light should I take the pictures in? 3. Is it ok (and how to) take the call numbers off of library books and replace them before returning the books? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Mar 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Make the computer magic!

Personal Library Filter: Over the last couple of years, I've been helping an elderly couple with their massive book collection. After a lot of searching, I ended up finding BookCAT which seemed to be great. But these people really want to have lots of print-outs. (The husband does not use the computer at all.) BookCAT is way too complicated for even me in this regard. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Feb 26, 2010 - 15 answers

I can't always read Metafilter

Help me find some fun books for my commute. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Feb 9, 2010 - 47 answers

I need to organize all these books.

I have about a thousand books and a burning desire to reorganize them. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on Nov 19, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I prepare a new book?

I was once shown how to prepare a brand new book before reading it– it had something to do with opening the book at various places and smoothing down the pages. Supposedly it would make the binding last longer. Does this actually work, and if so, could anyone describe the process clearly? Any other advice on good book care and repair for this new librarian would be greatly appreciated.
posted by carterk on Oct 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Save a book from the fires of hell!

It's the end of the world and you have time to save one book. Which one will you save? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 29, 2009 - 31 answers

I want to read while in Califorinia

Will be living between Joshua Tree and LA county for 3 months...how do I get a library card? [more inside]
posted by Jesus Malverde on Jul 6, 2009 - 12 answers

(I'm a Journeyman Librarian)

If you were building a library collection around the history of business—guilds, apprenticeships, royal charter companies, corporations, and so on—what books would you select?
posted by sonic meat machine on May 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me Tweet my reads

Is there a website which let's you create a library of the books you own and sends updates to twitter when you post reviews or finish a book? I wish bookarmy.com would do it, because I like the site, but unfortunately it does not.
posted by mboesch on Apr 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Enlightening and lovely literature on libraries.

Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Apr 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Find me inspiring books!

I'm trying to expand my reference library. What are your favorite inspiring books (the kinds with photos/artwork in them?) [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Apr 1, 2009 - 20 answers

How to find books.

I've been tasked with finding a bunch of books, and have author names and occasionally publisher, genre or topic. Some of the authors are academics and seem to have published mostly in journals or edited group anthologies. Hælp me you dominators of printed matter, how to find? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Mar 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Alternatives to family bible for tracking family tree, offline or otherwise

I'd like some suggestions for a place to keep track of family births and events, much like traditionally done in a family bible. Books are nice, but all media considered. Points given in three categories: potential longevity, flexibility of data handling, and style. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Feb 2, 2009 - 7 answers

What does a trailing zero mean in a Dewey decimal catalog?

Hey Librarians! Why is there a trailing zero on this Dewey number? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Dec 20, 2008 - 8 answers

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