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Can you rent/borrow books online anywhere?

We have Netflix and Gamefly. I want to know if there is a Netbooks or Bookfly equivalent? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Jul 1, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me find two books I read as a kid

WhatWereThoseBooksFilter: I'm looking for several unrelated books, or possibly series of books, that I read as a kid. The first involved a family of magic users living in what was the time the modern world. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jul 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Books like "The a Monster at the End of This Book"?

Can you recommend any children's books along the lines of The Monster at the End of This Book? I'm looking for funny books, for kids, where the characters know they're in books. (This is to entertain two goofy kids, ages five and two.)
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Is there an official name for a book's "opening quote"?

What do you call the opening quotes that often preface a novel? Many thrillers, mysteries, and what-have-you include a single quote in the book's front matter, something to capture the story's essence or set the stage. Sometimes these quotes are literary, and sometimes they're drawn from pop culture figures. But other than "opening quote," is there an official name? All the other pages and parts of a book have a formal name, but what about the quote?
posted by jackypaper on Jun 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for novel-esque non-fiction books.

I love Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. It's a non-fiction book about Chicago in 1893 which reads much like a novel. I'd like to read other books written in the same novel-esque style about some other cities or historic events. Know of any novel-like non-fiction reads?
posted by melodykramer on Jun 29, 2008 - 47 answers

Looking for business books!

I've just accepted a full time (telecommuting, FWIW) position with a Fortune 50 company. What are some must-read business books? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Jun 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Blue Man, not the group.

I'm looking for an old science fiction novel about an evil, blue giant titled "The Blue Man" - the Google and Amazon search is poisoned by both The Blue Man Group, and a young-adult science fiction novel "The Blue Man" which isn't it at all. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Recommendations for SF/Fantasy books that deal with "lost civilizations"

Recommend me some SF/Fantasy books that deal with "lost civilizations" [more inside]
posted by papercake on Jun 27, 2008 - 34 answers

What books were originally included in the Tall Tarzan Gift Shelf set?

Does anyone own the Tall Tarzan Gift Shelf? It's a collection of a couple dozen 60s-era Burroughs Ballantine paperbacks in two cardboard cases, each ~ 5" x 15", with two tiers. There's a pic of the spine at the bottom of this page (which incorrectly lists the set as one case of 20 books). I'm trying to figure out how many and which titles were originally included in the full set of two cases. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jun 26, 2008 - 0 answers

You can't read 'em all... that's précis talk

Précis, outlines, abstracts for contemporary non-fiction books -- are there any sites or publications doing this? [more inside]
posted by alb on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Smart books for a smart guy using Project 2007?

Are there any good books on MS Project 2007 out there? My brother-in-law, an experienced project manager, has been using MS Project 2003 for a while and is pretty confident with the basics, but he wants to learn more, especially as he's considering upgrading to Project 2007. I'm pointing him to some local trainers, but I'd also like to find some decent books so he has the alternative of teaching himself as much as possible.
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2008 - 1 answer

What should the person who's read everything read?

I want to give my boyfriend something to read. Help me figure out what he'd like. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 24, 2008 - 20 answers

In search of...open-source BookCAT

Is there any open-source book cataloging program, based on MS Access or another popular database, for personal use? [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jun 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Vintage Wedding Gfift - Naughty

Can you help me with titles, online shopping sources for 1950s tongue-in-cheek sex/marriage manual? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Jun 21, 2008 - 5 answers

How to design a book

Book design help! I would like to find a good website or blog that can help me learn more about designing the interior of a nonfiction book. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jun 21, 2008 - 10 answers

I never understood this "gate" thing when I was an ESL student.

What is a good (the best?) book on Watergate, if I've just finished Rick Perlstein's Nixonland and want to know what happens next? No spoilers please. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Jun 21, 2008 - 5 answers

What be this book?

Asking for a friend: Trying to find a book, whose central conceit is that computers (and large data sets like Google's in particular) are, in fact, smarter than people at trending probability, etc. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 16, 2008 - 4 answers

I want different headers on every page, just like Charles Dickens

My copy of "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens shows the chapter name on the head every left page, and a summary phrase of the spread's content on the head of every right page. Is there a name for that style? I'd love to know any history of it, why it's not done now, and how I could set it up in a word processor for use in my own docs. Thanks!
posted by largecorp on Jun 16, 2008 - 5 answers

What should I learn to do this summer?

What books can teach me skills that would be enjoyable or interesting to share with friends in group settings or one-on-one? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Books that grab you and don't let go

Looking for decently written, page-turning historical fiction. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jun 15, 2008 - 66 answers

Incredibly detailed and illustrated books wanted.

I've recently become a fan of fiction books with immersing, at times overly detailed but precise illustrations, fold-outs, maps, ads, newspaper clippings. And they're part of the storyline, not just an oh-by-the-way illustration of something that's already fully explained in the text. The only ones I've come across so far are Eric Chase Anderson's Chuck Dugan is AWOL, Joshua Mowll's Operation Red Jericho and its sequel (these are literally overflowing with fantastic foldouts), and maybe even Hans Jurgen Press's Black Hand Gang books. Although Chuck Dugan is AWOL and the Black Hand Gang books don't have foldouts and maps, they nonetheless have illustrations just stuffed full of detail, and on nearly every page too! Surely there are plenty of others in the same line? Help, summer is here and I must read/see/devour them all. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jun 13, 2008 - 9 answers

The Complete Works of ME!

What would be the most efficient way convert every single thing I have ever written on the internet into one large book that I can keep on my shelf? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on Jun 13, 2008 - 8 answers

What's your tech writing bible?

What's your tech writing bible? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Bookfilter: Help me survive my summer job

Bookfilter: I'm working a summer job that mostly consists of carrying things. Every hour or so, I take a 10 minute brake which I like to spend reading so that I can ponder what I've just read when I continue doing my otherwise mindless work. Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything is soon coming to and end. Where to go next? [more inside]
posted by Archers of Loaf on Jun 12, 2008 - 27 answers

Books on the move

I need help finding crates for books or some type of portable bookshelf. [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Jun 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Who's that frog-licker?

WhatWasThatBookFilter: a friend of mine needs help tracking down a fantasy/sci-fi paperback she read back in 1997. Full description below. [more inside]
posted by bettafish on Jun 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Books on impact of miracles on Latin American politics?

I'm looking for recommendations on books on purported (modern) religious miracles in Latin America, and their impact on society and politics. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Jun 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for lowbrow books

Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Vocab Challenge

Looking for contemporary authors that use advanced vocabulary in their novels. [more inside]
posted by ezabeta on Jun 10, 2008 - 42 answers

Disaster Lit Suggestions?

Can you recommend any great fiction or poetry about natural disasters? [more inside]
posted by tk on Jun 10, 2008 - 10 answers

cold fiction for the hot summer?

Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
posted by taz on Jun 10, 2008 - 46 answers

Good Books To Teach A Landloving Civilian About The US Navy?

Good Books To Teach A Landloving Civilian About The Modern US Navy? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Jun 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Books that take place in Knoxville/East Tennessee?

I'm looking for books, either fiction or non-fiction, that take place in Knoxville, Tennessee or other nearby places in East Tennessee. [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Jun 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Recommend books for IT execs?

Do you have any good book recommendations for IT executives? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jun 6, 2008 - 10 answers

What are some good, light-hearted, humorous travel books?

What are some good, light-hearted, humorous travel books? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 5, 2008 - 26 answers

I can has copyright permission?

Yet another copyright question. Seeking advice or success stories on locating copyright owner for strange book from the 60s. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Jun 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Help Me Research!

I'm researching a very specific time period in American history for a paper and I need some help finding sources of information! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jun 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Other Like Hiro to Help Me Lose Weight

Recommendations for Sci-Fi while on the Treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jun 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Books that teach through osmosis?

What are your favorite books that you can learn through osmosis from reading? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jun 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Generic books (titled as such)

Did the Generic Food people put out Generic Books? [more inside]
posted by suki on Jun 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Some nice tennis reading.

What are some good books about tennis? [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jun 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Help identify this horror story mentioned in "The Secret History"

I've just finished reading Donna Tartt's The Secret History. At one point Tartt references a supposedly famous horror story, but I don't understand the reference! Can anyone identify it? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Jun 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Maintenance for Dummies

What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Why wouldn't this book be published in the US first?

Why isn't the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters out in America yet when it's already published in the UK? The UK published the first book after America did, so why would the UK publish the sequel first now? Is it even going to be published in the US? Help me, booksellers and those knowledgeable in publishing! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Children's Book Filter - What was this book?

Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on May 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Ecotopian fiction with some political awareness?

Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing)? [more inside]
posted by salvia on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation?

How can I best learn the French language, grammar, and pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances like Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist.

Book recommendation time! Since you guys did so well the last time I looked for books, I thought I'd kick another random search at you. Looking for fiction about horrifying and unusual circumstances, like in Geek Love or The Tattoo Artist. More inside. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on May 26, 2008 - 32 answers

Good Historic books

I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 24, 2008 - 39 answers

Decadent literature recommendations

Starting a book club for literature of the decadent movement. Starting with Against Nature. What next? What else?
posted by Astro Zombie on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

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