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Jaw-droppingly gorgeous bookstores

Flavorwire has compiled a list of 20 incredibly gorgeous bookstores—like the Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, housed in a converted theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Click over to see the whole post—guaranteed to make you want to visit each and every one. Happy Friday! Further Reading: More amazing bookshelves to inspire (or inspire envy) Coolest bookshelves

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Bookshelf Porn

Can’t get enough of beautiful bookshelves, stunning stacks of stories, juicy journals? Turn to the internet for your fix. Breathing Books posts amazing book-related photos every day, many featuring old leather-bound hardbacks: And the Guardian has recently started a Flickr group for bookshelf photos, asking readers for the stories behind their books and cataloguing systems as well. One commenter, who has a small owl statue peering out from between her books, notes, “Not really a bookend, more an owl sandwich. I’ve got quite a collection of childrens books featuring owls – I think it was the first bird type my […]

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Books in the bedroom?

Sure, you love them. But do you want to sleep with them? Design blog Apartment Therapy recently surveyed its readers on whether bookcases belonged in the bedroom. Commenters weighed in passionately on both sides. Those opposed to books in the bedroom offered a variety of reasons, from aesthetics: I think bookcases are fine for a kid’s room — to keep their own personal books — but otherwise, books belong in a less intimate and private space. Bookcases in a a grown-up bedroom are too cluttered and distracting. to psychology: The last time I had a bookcase in my bedroom was […]

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Busby Berkeley, meet Bookshelf.

Ever wish your books would just organize themselves? This stop-motion animation by artists/designers Sean Ohlenkamp and Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp shows the crazy hijinks that might ensue: I keep wondering: what happened to the banana at the end? The complete list of “credits” is at the end of the animation, but I bet you can name some of the books from their covers alone. Via.

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Books We Can't Part With

When I moved from Ann Arbor to Boston, movers came to pack our things. After the thirteenth box of books–literally–Mover #1 actually set down his tape gun and said in complete seriousness, “Do you really need all these books?” Oh yes. I needed them. The New York Times, however, understands that now and then one must actually cull one’s library for reasons of space. The editors asked several authors for their advice on how to do it: Francine Prose: Unless you are an Egyptologist, you only need one, at most two, enormous coffee table books on the Art of the […]

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Coolest Bookcases

Spotted on the Huffington Post: a gallery of 11 awesome bookcases. Most are designer prototypes, but a few (like the “Sticklebook” invisible bookshelf) are for sale, and you can make the upside-down one yourself. (drool…)

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Furnishings of a literary life

How often do we think about our books as physical objects, part of the essential furniture of our homes? The Elegant Variation has a lovely little post about the joy of setting up one’s library again after a move: So now the arduous task of refilling the books begins. First, we need to douse the whole collection to protect against silverfish (also at Mrs. TEV’s insistence). Then I need to incorporate new additions to my library into the boxes packed more than a year ago, and figure out exactly how to order the whole thing. (The previous arrangement could politely […]

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