Nu-ILB: What books have you purchased lately?

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This Nu-ILB thread is the direct descendant of <a href="">this Old Stylee ILB thread</a>. It is where we post the titles of books we have purchased recently.

As for me, this is a partial list of my book purchases of the past couple of months while ILX was undergoing its recent transgender surgery:

The Apes of God, by Wyndham Lewis, in a Penguin Modern Classics paper edition, for US$0.50. I amy not read this, but for the price I couldn't refuse to buy it.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Another Penguin paperback, for US$1.29.
The Olive Tree and Other Essays by Aldous Huxley, in a hardbound 1936 edition from Chatto and Windus. I have enjoyed many os Huxley's essays in the past so this one may also satisfy me.
A Steele Rudd Selection from University of Queensland Press, paperbound, for US$0.50. An aussie writer from the old school. Short stories. Who knows?
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Vintage paperbound, for US$1.00. Never read him, but he has an interesting reputation and seems worth a buck to have a look-see.
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser; a history by author of the Flashman novels, paperbound, US $1.00.
The Pursuit of Power by William H. McNeill. A history of weaponry, tactics and who gets the upper hand and why, as compiled by a rather brilliant historian. Paperbound, US$3.00.
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, hardcover, US$1.00. A recent read from the library I decided to add to my permanent collection.

I'm sure I've overlooked a few, since ILX has been out of commision a great deal since Dec. 1, 2006 and I haven't kept strict track of what I bought in the interval.

What have you shelled out for lately?

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Let me try that link once more, but nu-ilx stylee: [Removed Illegal Link]

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Surely, links back to its own threads aren't illegal -
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I've been adhering to my self-instantiated edict of "Don't Buy Any More Books, What Are You Thinking, You Have to Move AGAIN In September". The library has been filling the gap, in a way. I put all the interesting titles I come across on Hold, and twice a week I check to see how many of the 6,573 other patrons who are also intent on these books have given up.

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

HAHAHAHAHA! Nu-ILX can't link to itself????!!!! What hath Keef wrought?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Move again? What?

Casuistry, Saturday, 3 March 2007 08:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I know, it completely sucks. When I leased this place, I was assured it would remain a rental, so I thought we'd be here for at least 2 years. But, they put it on the market the first week of Feb. and we will have to move at the end of Sept. Another giant book clear-out, whoohoo. We are thinking of going to a much much much smaller space for a year, then hopefully buying something. So, it will be a case of thinning down the library dramatically.

All of the art is in a closet. I can't see the point in hanging anything. Why even bother unpacking?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 15:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Jaq, do they let you bring a hand truck full of cartons of books onto Amtrak? Or two hand trucks, maybe? If so, you should bring down a few hundred of your culls and sell them at Powell's.

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 18:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not bought, but Bookmooched:

Laclos-Les liasons dangereuses
Jim Thompson-The Getaway
Evan Wright-Generation Kill

C0L1N B..., Saturday, 3 March 2007 20:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Gerard Woodward's 'A Curious Earth' and Jim Crace's 'The Pesthouse' are winging their way from the Book Depository to me at the moment. Yesterday I bought a couple of tatty old SF classics, Wilson Tucker's 'The Lincoln Hunters' and Edgar Pangborn's 'Davy'.

James Morrison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 22:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Adolfo Bioy Casares Asleep in the Sun
Yuri Olesha Envy
William Faulkner Collected Stories
Orhan Pamuk The White Castle
William H. Gass The World Within the Word
Daniil Kharms Incidences
Tadeusz Konwicki A Dreambook for Our Time
Felipe Alfau Chromos

wmlynch, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Casuistry, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Aimless, I'm considering the Powell's possibility. If we truly felt strong enough to show some restraint once we were there...

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have to try this link again. I think I left the quote marks in. this Old Stylee ILB thread

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes, that was it. Shouldn't post while drinking; don't want to impugn Keef at all.

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Perfect restraint would be inhuman. Since it would be quite doubtful you could leave with even half as many as you sold, the net result would still be in your favor. I counsel you to do it.

Aimless, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, we'd have to have something to read on the train.....

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lace Villages
The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz
Fashion Babylon
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker (Stich 'n Bitch Crochet)

First one is for my mum. The rest is junk, really, except the Happy Hooker one which focuses, not on prostitution, but on crochet.

nathalie, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 12:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've been Bookmooching instead of purchasing books lately. Just recently mooched:

The Nurture Assumption - Judith Harris
Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History - John Diggins

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Land of Spices Kate O'Brien
The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehmann
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Plausibility of Life - Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, and John Norton
Collected Poems - Philip Larkin
Goldberg: Variations - Gabriel Josipovici
Captain Blood - Raphael Sabatini

Arethusa, Friday, 9 March 2007 01:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (original-spelling edition)
Robert Musil - The Man Without Qualities
J. M. Coetzee - Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Wizard of the Crow (Huh, I only just realized that he's the guy that wrote "A Grain of Wheat." I feel slightly silly for buying this, as I haven't read the copy of "The Devil on the Cross" that I got a couple of years ago. Guess the hype got the better of me.)

Øystein, Friday, 9 March 2007 12:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Got a couple things in the mail, an advance of Palahniuk's new one ("Rant", not that excited but it was free) and Jonathan Lethem's "How We Got Insipid" (old short stories).

Jordan, Friday, 9 March 2007 19:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Okay, due to birthdays, gift certificates, and Valentine's Day, we've had a decent infusion of books lately.

Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico
Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen
Bare Bones and Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
Best Food Writing 2006 edited by Holly Hughes
Doing It Right by Maryjanice Davidson (the author is a long time friend and is constantly giving me copies of her latest stuff - I'm sure this will be fluffy and fun)
Poster Child: A Memoir by Emily Rapp (another writer friend - I read the manuscript for this one last summer and it is excellent)

I also bought a physiology text book, which I'm spending the most time with book-wise.

Sara R-C, Friday, 9 March 2007 22:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - that's excellent. Fascinating all the way through.

James Morrison, Saturday, 10 March 2007 03:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I asked for that one after seeing it mentioned at ILE somewhere! My SIL gave it to me for my birthday and said I could never make fun of her husband's wish lists again (his list is always entirely made up of obscure books about the Holocaust because he's a German history prof). I've only made it to chapter four or so in Stiff, but so far it is really great.

Sara R-C, Saturday, 10 March 2007 19:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Voltaire: Letters from England
Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio
E M Forster: The Hill of Devi

James Morrison, Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Greg Tate-Flyboy in the Buttermilk
Amos Tutuola-The Palm-Wine Drunkard
Raymond Queneau-Excercises in Style
Gregory Wolff-Black Sun: the Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 March 2007 01:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

narcissus and goldmund – herman hesse
drop city – t.c. boyle
omensetter's luck – william gass
divine invasion – pkd
survival, evasion, and escape – FM21-76, department of the army field manual

冷明, Tuesday, 13 March 2007 06:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I unexpectedly found a copy of Jackson Mac Low's Stanzas for Iris Lezak in Vancouver yesterday for an excellent price (and in Canadian moneys)!

Casuistry, Monday, 19 March 2007 21:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

In Seattle and from Bookmooch:
Kobo Abe-Woman in the Dunes
Douglas Hofstadter-Le ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the music of language
Paul Goodman-Empire City
Warren F. Motte-Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature
Michel Houllebecq-Lanzarote

C0L1N B..., Monday, 19 March 2007 22:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Norman Rush - Mating (not sure I actually want this, but it was a rather cheap used copy, and I got drawn in by that "National book award" chocolate coin that's glued to the cover)
Jean Baudrillard - Amerika (Danish translation)
Baruch De Spinoza - Ethica (Norwegian tr.)
Terry Pratchett - Soul Music
Terry Pratchett - Men At Arms
Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad (I'm starting to think I might build a complete Pratchett collections by frequenting the used books store down the street)
Jon Jakob Tønseth - Von Aschenbachs Fristelse
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (German original + English tr. side-by-side)
David Hume - A Treatise of Human Nature
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian

Phew. Off to the couch with me!

Øystein, Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just ordered...
* The new Ian McEwan
* 'It Rhymes With Lust' by Arnold Drake, allegedly the first proper graphic novel, a noir muystery from the 1950s
* 'Missing' by Walter de la Mare

James Morrison, Monday, 26 March 2007 03:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So there was a sale on theory this week at my school's book store and I went hog wild:

Jaques Derrida - Dissemination, Acts of Religion, Margins of Philosophy, Writing and Difference, Spectres of Marx
Slavov Zizek - The Sublime Object of Ideology
Michel Foucault - Society Must Be Defended, Madness & Civilization
Gilles Deleuze - Anti-Oedipus, What is Philosophy (with Felix Guattari); Nietzsche & Philosophy
Guy Debord - The Society of Spectacle
Georges Bataille - The Tears of Eros, The Accursed Share (Vols. II & III)
Judith Butler - Gender Trouble
Jaques Lacan - Ecrits
Walter Benjamin - Illuminations, Reflections
Jean-Luc Nancy - Being Singular Plural
Giorgio Agamben - The State of Exception, The Coming Community
Roland Barthes - Image - Music - Text
Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra & Simulation

So far I've read a lot of the Benjamin essays and most of Dissemination, plus paged through The Tears of Eros. I have so much more to read, though!

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 15:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Now do that twice a week, and you'll be Josh before you know it.

Casuistry, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also homeless

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it's always a little difficult in a foreign country, but i think i did alright:

mr. muo's travelling couch - dai sijie
lovesick blues: the life of hank williams - paul hemphill

jergïns, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dead Souls (Penguin Classics) - Nikolai Gogol; Paperback

The Pursuit of Oblivion: A History of Narcotics, 1500-2000 - Richard Davenport-Hines; Paperback

Criminal History of Mankind - Colin Wilson; Hardcover

These are in my basket awaiting to be ordered. HURRAH!

nathalie, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Good haul this weekend, all used except for the Harry Matthews:

George Saunders-Pastoralia
George Saunders-Civilwarland in Bad Decline
Clifford Geertz-The Interpretation of Cultures
Balzac-Histoire de la Treize
Mitchell Duneier-Sidewalk
Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan-Crossing the BLVD
Marguerite Duras-The Ravishing of Lol Stein
William Vollmann-The Rainbow Stories
Harry Matthews-Cigarettes

C0L1N B..., Monday, 2 April 2007 15:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of japanese Poetry, edited and translated by Hiroaki Sato and Burton Watson, used hardcover with a nice dust jacket, U. of Washington Press, 1981, US$15.00.

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.
Eyeless in Gaza, Aldous Huxley, used paperback with a eye-gougingly hideous cover, US$1.29.
The Sons, Franz Kafka, used paperback collection of four short stories, US$0.50.
Pragmatism and other Essays, William James, used paperback, US$0.50.

Aimless, Monday, 2 April 2007 17:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.

That's ace. Also read his 'In the Land of Pain', which is absorbing stuff about his suffering from syphilis, translated by Julian Barnes.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 01:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

On the weekend I bought a teeny little 100-page book of WH Auden poems selected by John Fuller. And the latest issue of 'Descant', which is good for before bed.

franny glass, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I have been buying books, even as other ILBers have been cutting back on the habit. Luckily for me, I also sell them.

The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, with commentary and verse by John Daido Loori, new hardbound, $40(!). Also known as the Mana Shobogenzo. I so rarely buy new expensive books that this is a radical departure for me. I've been eyeing this for months. This is quite simply the best collection of Zen stories and commentary I have ever seen. Better than The Blue Cliff Record. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen.

Life With Father by Clarence Day, used hardcover, $1. An old warhorse from a much different world than today.

Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This was the weekend of the Seattle library booksale. The withdrawal pains were severe, and early morning attendance at the EMP pop conference did not offer much relief.

Jaq, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I can't remember'em all. But I do remember buying:

martin amis' money
adventures of sherlock holmes
ballard's crash
paluhniak's haunted
fowles' the collector

and a few others. shit, i can't remember!

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, Max is where I was a few years ago. :-)

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Uh, another post, sorry:

drop city – t.c. boyle

any good? i noticed this at the store.

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Peter S. Beagle - The Last Unicorn (huh, the back cover of this has NO text. No blurbs, no brief summery, no "by the author of"... nothing! The unicorn on the cover has a goatee. The tree on the cover looks like it's made of potatoes)
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic (I suspected earlier that I should be able to build a complete Discworld collection through used books stores. Looks like I was right. I've yet to find any of the recent books though)
James Knowlson - Damned To Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (I tend to steer clear of biographies, but the blog [Removed Illegal Link] made me want to read this)
Thukydides - The Peloponnesian War (I'm not going to go look up how that's spelled in English)

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell. The link was supposed to be to the blog Anecdotal Evidence:

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Burne-Jones by Martin Harrison and Bill Waters.
1989 paperback version of an overview of teh Victorian Pre-Raophaelite painter.
I put this aside in a shop a while back and then didn't get around to buying it for ages. Bought a number of other titles from the same shop.
When I did go to buy it the counterstaff couldn't find it. They had rearranged their kept stuff in the interim
I found it on the shelf today. Or at least a version of teh same book.

Looks great anyway. I like a number of these Pre-Raphaelite and otheriwse Romantic victorian painters.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:54 (four months ago) Permalink

I have the Penelope Fitzgerald bio of Burne-Jones, need to actually read it.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:48 (four months ago) Permalink

I didn’t know you were interested in PKF.

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Sundog-Scott Walker (a compendium of his recent and some not so lyrics)
The Velvet Underground-New York Art (not essential as literature perhaps, but man is it Beautiful to look at.
Mark E Smith-V11 (a wonderful and rare bit of Fall arcana that i scored on ebay recently,illuminates some of the darker corners of his wordage for this yank and lifelong Fall freak. Also just paid 50.00 u.s. for pages out of NME and Sounds etc of Fall inteviews etc from 78 to 80. Figure that kinda stuff's not going to get cheaper)
So yeah mostly music stuff here.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Richard Holmes - Shelley: The Pursuit
Sybille Bedford - A Legacy

Both second-hand.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:16 (four months ago) Permalink

For any Torontonians or anyone in the GTA, U of T is starting up its annual college book sales tomorrow, which are always an embarrassment of riches.

Federico Boswarlos, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Mars by 1980 just arrived. Not had a chance to look at it very closely yet.
Hoped it might be today but thought storm might delay it.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:02 (four months ago) Permalink

Bought the new Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, which is gorgeous. Also Leaving Las Vegas (Venturi, Scott Brown, Izenour) and What a City is For (Matt Hern)

faculty w1fe (silby), Friday, 21 September 2018 03:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Wondered about that Penguin Japan collection, but am dubious about the editor: anyone who thinks Haruki Murakami is amazing and who devotes much of their life to his work is someone whose judgement of what makes for good literature, Japanese or otherwise, is deeply suspect.

Having said that, I'll inevitably end up buying it in paperback.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 21 September 2018 05:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Including Murakami will automatically make the book sell so many more copies, I really can't begrudge that editorial decision. I have no strong feelings on him either way tho so that might help.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 21 September 2018 12:10 (four months ago) Permalink

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting, Sianne Ngai

faculty w1fe (silby), Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I have heard that that was interesting!

the pinefox, Monday, 24 September 2018 18:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Michael Chabon: THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION - £2 hardback from a library sale.

the pinefox, Monday, 24 September 2018 18:24 (three months ago) Permalink

It's a good one.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:30 (three months ago) Permalink

2nd hand:

Giuseppe di Lampedusa - Two Stories & A Memory
Thomas Bernhard - The Lime Works
Natalia Ginzburg - All our Yesterdays

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:14 (three months ago) Permalink

bought mahself a greg tate reader and that ian bostridge book on the winterreise

j., Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:56 (three months ago) Permalink

At the bookshop:
The Little Drummer Girl, John Carré
The Vegetarian, Han Kang
Solar Bones, Mike McCormack
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

A Hypocritical Reader, Rosie Snadjr

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Michael Chabon: THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION - £2 hardback from a library sale.

― the pinefox, Monday, September 24, 2018 1:24 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haven't read it in a while. but i remember loving this. apparently the coen bros had an option to film it? don't think it's gonna happen tho.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:58 (three months ago) Permalink

2nd hand - Violette Leduc - La Batarde

Dag Solstad - T Singer
Ilse Aichinger - The Bound Man
Juan Rulfo - The Plain in Flames

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:24 (three months ago) Permalink

I read the Violteete leduc about 1990 thought it was pretty good, was there a 2nd volume of it or something.
PIcked it up in a charity shop at the time.
May still have it somewhere.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:38 (three months ago) Permalink

From what I can see there is a 2nd volume that appeared 10 years later called Mad in Pursuit. What I do have is this first volume, published in '64. This is an edition on Panther books.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah Think it was taht Mad in pursuit I had too.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:00 (three months ago) Permalink

The Books of Earthsea is out. 1008 pages collecting the 5 Earthsea novels, Tales from Earthsea, early and late uncollected stories, a couple other bits, and illustrations by Charles Vess. Buy one for every middle schooler in your life.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I have an earlier omnibus of the novels that I picked up a couple of years ago. Only got though the first one. Must get back and read more.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Picked up the DK books on Pollitics & Shakespeare yesterday from a charity shop.

Also a thing called Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters by Andrew Simms
cos it interests me to some degree and I've come across the tesco monopoly both in other books and attempts on the local streets.

pickled up an encyclopaedia of JRR Tolkien or something to that effect in a charity shop last week too.

& a DK Chilli Lovers cook book last week or the one before.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:20 (two months ago) Permalink

crossposted from the amazon thread:

this is weird: Booksellers Protest Amazon Site’s Move to Drop Stores From Certain Countries

On Saturday night, in response to a query from a reporter, AbeBooks issued a statement saying it was dropping the countries because “our third-party payment service provider is closing at the end of the year.” It added that, “We regret that we cannot continue to serve all sellers.”

Asked how many booksellers and countries were affected, Richard Davies, an AbeBooks spokesman, said, “I am not adding anything else to that statement.”

Mr. Brown, one of the dealers organizing the protests, said that for many of the booksellers, AbeBooks’ actions underlined both Amazon’s power and its refusal to be accountable for it.

“The biggest e-commerce giant in the world apparently finds it too complicated to do business in Prague,” he said. “You have to wonder who’s next. We’re all vulnerable to Amazon’s capricious actions.”

The complete lack of information makes it hard to understand what’s going on here. It’s not clear whether they are withdrawing from specific markets or cannot service specific sellers. I don’t really understand how a change in payment provider or system would affect specific countries. I guess it’s possible that some seller systems may not report in a way compatible with the new software or platform. But they also seem to be citing unspecified complexities and expenses associated with named markets.

The complete lack of notice and public comms from Abebooks are both very poor.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 04:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Particularly shitty since, for the most part, Russia, Sth Korea, Hungary and the Czech Republic all have flourishing lit scenes/pasts and their own languages, so plenty of people outside those countries who want texts in those languages will now be stuffed, since ABE had swallowed most of the used/rare book market.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 09:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes. I mean, Abebooks and Amazon's acquisition of Abebooks was obviously a real shot in the arm for the second hand bookseller. Also encouraged some interesting practices like acquiring and holding on to single copy stock because they know they can sell it to US universities/colleges for hugely inflated prices and the ability to tap into those insanely lucrative steam train and military markets.

There is also afaict no alternative middle platform provider in the market, which may account for Abebooks' complacency.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 10:13 (two months ago) Permalink

nyrb classics on sale for 7$ at campus bookstore

ge fei - invisibility cloak
william sloane - the rim of morning
qiu miaojin - notes of a crocodile
john wyndham - chrysalids
dorothy b hughes - in a lonely place

flopson, Friday, 9 November 2018 01:47 (two months ago) Permalink


Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 November 2018 01:49 (two months ago) Permalink

A used hardcover omnibus of all Dashiell Hammet's novels, no dust jacket and kinda cheap binding, for $1. I've read them all, but may want to re-read them sometime.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 9 November 2018 04:28 (two months ago) Permalink

For $1 how could you not

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 9 November 2018 04:57 (two months ago) Permalink

I purchased a used copy of The God Particle yesterday solely because I opened it up to find it was previously owned by David Van Koevering

crüt, Friday, 9 November 2018 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

BKS Iyengar - Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Uwe Johnson - Anniversaries
Christa Wolf - Cassandra

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 17 November 2018 12:30 (two months ago) Permalink

gombrowicz - bacacay
lispector - the foreign legion
mina loy - the last lunar baedeker

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 22:45 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

& to round out the year:

knut hamsun - pan
robert walser - selected stories

no lime tangier, Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the walser is a nice carcanet hb from the eighties which i think is the same as the nyrb reprint?

no lime tangier, Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

1st hand:
Josep Pla - The Gray Notebook
Various - A Hidden Landscape (ed. Mark s)

1st hand (xmas gifts - giving):
Four Books - Yan Lianke
Natalia Ginzburg - Family Lexicon

xmas gifts - receiving:
Wyndham Lewis - Tarr (The 1918 Version)

2nd hand:

Jonathan Swift - The Major Works
Marina Tsvetaeva - A Captive Spirit (this is an awesome score, love her writings, read this years and its A+)
Various - Petrarch in English
Paul Bowles - The Sheltering Sky
Antonio Munoz Molina - Like a Fading Shadow

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 13 January 2019 23:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Jesse locke some Heavy Metalloid Music
Simply Saucer biography
finally found this available from Book Depositry so cheaper tahn going staright to the publisher. Think it was reprinted last August or something.

Couple of books on Aubrey Beardsley.
Amazon could do with getting its categorisation and differentiation of product better sorted. I bought what I thought was the hardcover of a V&A related book on his work only to find out it was a different thing, a biography. Both had the same title since it's his name. & both were going pretty cheap <£1 for one and slightly over £2 for the other plus p+p so hopefully got some good stuff to look at shortly.

The Naked Man Dennis Morris' book on the male body I already have his the Naked Woman companion volume on the femnale body which I picked up in a charity shop a couple of years ago.

The Hustler Walter Tevis.
Had been thinking about him being the writer of both the Man Who fell To Earth and the Color of Money the day before since there wasa Bowie biography or repeat of a programme on people who died in 2016. Can't remember exactly which since both have been on over the last few days. & this is the book that Color of Money was the sequel to.

latest edition of Ugly Things, not quite a book but almost full enough of info to be. Hopefully be here over the next couple of days.

Stevolende, Monday, 14 January 2019 00:29 (one week ago) Permalink

The Look Inside thing is often useful, if available. Sometimes you get a good chunk of the book, but sometimes you get only the copyright pages.

(Was useful to me yesterday for seeing which translation of Les Miserables they were using for the TV tie-in edition. Turns out it's the new version which is available for £3 less in another edition, you're paying £3 for a worse cover and a single page of introduction by the TV writer)

koogs, Monday, 14 January 2019 02:45 (one week ago) Permalink

This had both options under the same entry but it was a different book of the same title if you chose hardback or paperback.

Stevolende, Monday, 14 January 2019 09:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually, said that wrong. The page that the book was advertised on seemed to apply to the V&A exhibition tie in by Stephen Calloway.
But if you chose hardback in marketplace and then pressed Return to Product information an option in the top left hand corner of the marketplace page it showed the biography by David Colvin.
I've just had another look at this and they've sorted it out so that both are Stephen calloway. Will see what arrives when it arrives now. Maybe I'll have 2 different books and maybe I'll have a spare copy of the other format of the same thing.
BUt seemed to be a glitch tied in with previous experience of looking through the site. THough that may be more trying to work out details of specific details of specific issues of music or printruns of the same book at different times and finding that all the reviews etc show for every release under the same title. Particularly annoying when publishers/record company have stuck out anthologies under the names of existing lps/books.

So now got to wait until presumably later this week to see what arrives. ho hum.
I think other websites use specific product numbering so you know what pressing you get.

Stevolende, Monday, 14 January 2019 09:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Also got the Max hastings history of Vietnam since it was in a half price sale locally.
Had seen it in Waterstones over Xmas and thought about getting it. So grabbed it when i got the chance once i got home..

Stevolende, Monday, 14 January 2019 10:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Ligotti - Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe
Bunch - Moderan
coincidentally, these both have forewords by jeff vandermeer.

Heinlein - Starship Troopers
checked out a new used bookstore -- this was all i found. $2.

Big Book of Ghost Stories
got this for christmas. it's one of those phonebooks edited by otto penzler. looks good.

Donald Barthelme - 60 Stories and 40 Stories
microfiction seems to be the only stuff i can finish as of late.

adam the (abanana), Monday, 14 January 2019 23:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Bunch - Moderan

just read this last month, curious what you make of it

Οὖτις, Monday, 14 January 2019 23:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Mike McCormack - Solar Bones
Peter Biskind - The Sky is Falling

. (Michael B), Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:53 (three days ago) Permalink

alan burns - dreamerika!
ann quin - the unmapped country

no lime tangier, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:58 (two days ago) Permalink

Today at Open Books, a poetry bookstore in Seattle

Frank O’Hara, Selected Poems
Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Christopher Logue, War Music
Donika Kelly, Bestiary

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 21 January 2019 05:19 (two days ago) Permalink

I am buying (and reading) all the Devil Advocates books. Now it'll be ab The Shining. Yay

nathom, Monday, 21 January 2019 07:25 (two days ago) Permalink

Adam, Starship Troopers is awesome! Very different from the movie.

nathom, Monday, 21 January 2019 07:26 (two days ago) Permalink

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