AE Monthly Articles - September - 2009 Issue

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The Printed Word: a shrinking footprint


Information, its processing, distribution, search and retrieval is passing through the eye of the needle, to paraphrase the New Testament, the old structures of information giving way to the new: books into databases into full text searches - accessible online by computer and phone.

It turns out society's commitment is to information, not to form, and this is tough news for all things printed. The group, that prefers books to electronic data, is shrinking, the old forms ever less supported, the new forms gathering adherents, support, new applications and momentum, the implications f...

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Rivals, Others Seek to Derail Google/Publishers Alliance

By Michael Stillman

With time running out to file legal objections to the agreement between Google and publishers for the former to sell digitized copies of in-copyright books, the opposition ha...

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AE: A Perspective on Seven Years



No good deed will go unpunished

Seven years ago AE walked out onto the open sun lit field that is books. The day was 3 September 2002. I was a book collector beginning what I expected to b...

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What is the Americana Exchange?

By Michael Stillman

What is the Americana Exchange? Most people really don't know a lot about this site, but it has many useful features, some of which you may be missing out on. It is intended ...

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The Case for Collecting


By Bruce McKinney

Everyone collects something. It's a strong human instinct. Most such collections are random and casual, often the initially inadvertent accumulation of seashells or whateve...

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Shakespearean Suspect Arrives at Court in His Carriage

By Michael Stillman

Raymond Scott is no common thief. Whether he is a most uncommon one, time will tell, but the man accused of stealing a Shakespeare First Folio valued at several million dolla...

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A Cautionary Tale


By Bruce McKinney

The IFPDA, the International Fine Print Dealers Association, a New York based international association of print dealers, issued a letter requesting its 165 members be vigila...

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What Freshmen Don't Know... and You Should Know

By Michael Stillman

Beloit College has issued its annual "Mindset List" of what freshmen entering college this year don't know or have not experienced, and it is both hilarious and frightening. ...

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A Benefit for Collectors: Eternal Life


By Bruce McKinney

For those with a love of reading the value of a book is in its content. It's condition often hardly matters. In fact a well-worn copy passed down and around in some familie...

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Some Advice for Booksellers, Russian Bookselling, Abe's Latest Top 10

By Michael Stillman

USA Today recently provided some advice for booksellers. USA Today is probably not where most booksellers look for business advice, and "Ask an Expert's" Steve Strauss may no...

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Commentary: On a Sunday Morning


By Bruce McKinney

Let the Silent Majority be Heard

I have watched with fascination and regret as the America, to which I owe allegiance, has been exposed again as the captive of special int...

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Five New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

Five new booksellers' catalogues have come across our desk in the waning days of summer. Jordan Antiquarian Books has produced a catalogue of Americana, including many items pertaining to recreatio...

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