Gadgets for book lovers

Shakespeare and Co book June 16, 2009

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Books about Books — Kim @ 11:56 pm

Remember the post I did recently about the Paris based bookshop Shakespeare and Company? (If not, click here.) It has been brought to my attention (thank you Ineke!) that there is a book about Shakespeare and Company. Or rather, a book written by a reporter that worked there for nine months. In this book “Time was soft there”, Jeremy Mercel, tells all about his experiences in this fantastic store. Click here to learn more about the book.

For the Dutch readers, the book has just been translated into Dutch! It is called “Een bed tussen de boeken” (A bed between the books). You can find more information on it here. Once I’ve read it, I will let you know what I think of it.


A ‘real’ online bookstore August 7, 2008

Filed under: Book Shops,Bookish Companies,Bookish You Tube — Kim @ 3:18 pm

You probably already know of this, but in case you have not I want to bring this to your attention. Zoomii; an online bookstore. Nothing interesting you might think. You might be right, but pay a visit to their website and you could change your mind. The novelty of this online shop is that you can actually browse the shelves in the search of a book.

It will never be the real thing of course. Handeling a book, feeling the paper, looking at the font. Nothing beats that. This website comes close though. Very close… Click here to visit the website. Below you will find a tour of the shop.


Dutch Book Fairs July 12, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Books all sorts — Kim @ 11:22 pm

Summer is the time of the book fair. Well, there are book fairs all year round, but in The Netherlands most of them are during the summer. We visited two of them recently and I thought it would be nice to give you a small photo impression. I wonder if book fairs look different in other countries…

The first fair was on June 29. it was in the city of Haarlem. There were about 170 stands in the city center. The atmosphere was very cozy. We overspend. Big time. The second one was in Dordrecht, on July 5. This is the second largest book fair of The Netherlands. There were about 450 stands. It was very busy, but we managed to find some new treasures for our library.

Click on ‘more’ the see some photo’s we took.



Click to give books January 26, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Communities — Kim @ 1:59 am

I ask your attention for this great initiative I have recently come across. You can give books to children who really need them by just clicking a button. Every click is registered and sponsors pay for your click. This money is used to buy books for the children. You can find out more via this website.

If you have a website, you can help too. You can put a (small) banner on your website. This redirects your visitors to the website, where they only have to click the orange button. Every time someone clicks on it, money will be paid by sponsors. Click here to download a banner.


Books to cherish January 18, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies — Kim @ 2:40 am

A special bookish friend brought a wonderful publisher to my attention. It is called the Folio Society. This company prints all sorts of books, from science to fiction and everything in between. They have made it their mission to make the books look beautiful.

Special paper, fantastic illustrations and beautiful (natural!) bindings. And for the collectors and other bibliophiles amongst us: all the books come in a slipcase. To top it all off, the books are quite affordable! (But not for yours truly who just bought a house…)

This is a book lover’s dream… I have to say it makes me greedy. I want every book they ever published! Each book is a treasure. The thought and the time put into the printing process is unbelievable. If you click here you will go to their home page. From there you can choose your country and browse their books.

Have fun! And remember: Kimbooktu is not responsible for any debt you got into from looking at this website, haha!

Thanks to my dear bookish friend Martin for the find.


Play Away! January 14, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Bookish news — Kim @ 1:51 pm

There is a new e-book around, the Playaway. The book is also the player, which looks like a book. Get it? If you buy this audio-book all you have to do is plug in some earphones. There a lots of different genres and titles available. The books are a bit expensive though. I wonder if people are willing to pay much, much more for an e-book, just because it is easy. How much work is it to download something to a computer or MP3 player? To solve this problem, the company created a program in which you send back a book and get a discount on the next: RePlay.

You can find more information about the books here. Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments.


Bookmarkophelia January 11, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Miscellaneous — Kim @ 3:05 am

If you like bookmarks, you have got to love the website of Mirage Bookmark. I do! Okay, it does look sleek and stylish, but that does not mean anything. It is a wonderful website created by people who have a deep love for bookmarks. The site features a most interesting online exhibition of bookmarks. Click here to see it.

The website also writes about the history of bookmarks, click here to read. Next to this, the site has a collection of bookmark quotes, to be found here. Other bookmarkopelia is also present. If you collect bookmarks, you can get in touch with other collector to swap treasures. You can also buy new ones in the gift shop if you like.


The future of books January 7, 2008

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Bookish You Tube — Kim @ 11:25 am

Penguin made two beautiful video’s about the future of books. This to illustrate, at first, within the company what the future of books could be like. Two scenarios were made. I think they are absolutely brilliant. Take a look:



Happy new year everybody. May 2008 bring you lots of good books!


Catalog your books online! (Including Test) October 18, 2007

Filed under: Bookish Companies,Communities,Handy — Kim @ 1:28 am

You might have wondered why I did not post a lot recently. It is because of this post. I have put a lot of time and effort in the research and test drive of book cataloging websites. Why? Because I think it is very important to keep a list of your books online. Let me tell you why.

When you are as much attached to your books as I am, the worst thing that could happen is losing them. In case of a fire or some other disaster, I would not be able to save all my precious books. This is why I have all of our books safely stored online now. For insurance purposes.

If our house burns down, I will always have a list of the books we owned. This is why I urge you to catalog your books online if you own a lot of them or if are a serious collector. Cataloging your books is not only very important and reassuring; it is also a lot of fun!

Of course you do not have to use the websites dedicated to book cataloging to keep a list of your treasures. You can also make a Word or Excel document and send it to your online e-mail address and save it there. Please make sure you keep your list, or a copy of it, in a place where you can access it no matter what.

Below you will find a list of websites that enable you to catalog your books online. Most of them are free. I have tested the services of the four book cataloging websites that are around at this moment. If you disagree with my opinion, have different experiences or know of another online book cataloging service, please let me know. Click ‘more’ to see my online catalog test.



Color Coordinate your Books! October 17, 2007

Filed under: Art,Bookish Companies — Kim @ 10:06 am

The hubby helps to find me links to post every once in a while. (Mostly when I am really desperate…) He found me this next link, which is quite dated. Since I never saw it before, chances are neither did you. It’s about this artist who took on the big task of color coordinating an entire bookstore. He sorted all the 20,000 books of the Adobe Books in San Francisco. The result is amazing. Click here to learn more.