How to Spot A Fake

Treasure Detectives is a terrific show that is broadcast on CNBC and today their Website posted a great video and article on how to spot a fake rare book.  You definitely need to check it out if you are a bibliophile.

You may also want to read my previous posts on rare books:

My March 4, 2011 post contains a link to a Wall Street Journal article about Bauman Rare Books.

Collecting Modern First Editions was posted on February 7, 2010.

A link to The Wall Street Journal’s article on beginning bibiliophilia can be found in my November 25, 2011 post.

Collecting books can be VERY rewarding, but is certainly not without hazards!  I stick to modern first editions which are easy to check and I always make sure to buy books I want to read.

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Visiting Philadelphia? You need to see this.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about the Rosenbach Museum & Library.  According the online article, the Rosenbach Museum & Library stands in the middle of a block of four-story 19th-century row houses shaded by towering sycamore, locust and maple trees and is the 1954 legacy of two bachelor brothers whose collections, especially the books, are nothing short of amazing.  To read the article click here.

I have only been to Philadelphia once and was just passing through, but if I go again, the Rosenbach Museum & Library will top my agenda!

WSJ: People Read Because They Hate Their Jobs

Joe Queenan, author of the new book One for the Books, discusses reading, books, loving books, and e-readers with The Wall Street Journal’s Gary Rosen.  As a fellow booklover, you just have to watch this interview!  Queenan’s insight on paper books is terrific and the way in which he uses his books is something I intend to adopt.  Although I would find it difficult to make myself write in a first edition.  Enjoy the video!

Today in “The Wall Street Journal”

There are two terrific articles for bibliophiles online today in The Wall Street Journal.  The first article entitled “Economy, Technology Put Bookmakers in a Bind” includes photos on the craft of binding a book.

The second article is about Bauman Rare Books and is entitled “The Rarest of Pleasures.” Included are photographs of the interior of the shop and many of the wonderful rare volumes included there.

Don’t miss these two treats today!

The Next J. K. Rowling?

A world-wide bidding war is going on for the rights to Australian writer Rebecca James debut novel.  The novel is entitled Beautiful Malice. It’s a psychological thriller for teenagers upward and has become a publishing phenomenom.

C&W, a leading literary agency, took Beautiful Malice to the Frankfurt Book Fair last week and was struggling to keep up with offers from publishers that had received the manuscript.

Dalya Alberge of The Wall Street Journal reported that C&W agents have yet to meet Ms. James, yet the novel is set to be translated into at least 30 languages.  C&W expects a series of similar “sexy, psychological thrillers” from the author.

Bantam USA was so determined to acquire the rights, it bid up to $600,000 for two books.  Ms. James second book is titled Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead.  Nothing more is known at this time about that book.

In Germany the rights were snapped up by Rowohlt Verlag for €252,000.  There were similarly high figures in other countries such as Italy, the Netherlands and Brazil. Beautiful Malice has gone to Faber & Faber in the U.K. and to Allen & Unwin in Australia for an undisclosed five figures. All the hype about the new Austrailian author prompted a Romanian publisher to make a blind offer — without reading the manuscript.

Dalya Alberge quoted Julia Heydon-Wells, publishing direct for Faber as saying, “It kept me riveted in a way that no book has done for years.”

The Booklover has already added this one to her “to-read” list!  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts….