Guest Top Ten List
Larry D. Mitchell has been involved with books for over four decades, as a book collector, sometime antiquarian bookseller, and professional librarian (M.L.S. with a Specialization in Rare Books & Manuscripts). He is a devotee of road food & blue highways, defender of orphaned critters, and vocal critic of all things inimical to our common humanity. He blogs at The Private Library.
The Private Library's Top 10 Book Blogs
This is a quiet little blog with a very big mission: "to highlight independent bookstores wherever we find them to encourage people to visit them and buy their books from them." For anyone frustrated with the near-monopolistic grip that companies like Barnes & Noble and Amazon have on retail bookselling, this site proves that all is not lost. Also posts the occasional book review.
Proof that a very genre-specific blog can be successful. Focus is on "discussing older children's books, as well as sharing info and opinions on new books that might become collectible in the years ahead." The author has "published young adult fiction, as well as thousands of book reviews, and [has] contributed articles and essays to a number of magazines and reference volumes dealing with the topic of children's books."
The blog of an independent, ABAA bookseller in Portland, ME, whose focus is on helping collectors build a personal library. Eclectic, bookish posts that are frequent and often humorous. Cross-posts sometimes appear on the Fine Books & Collections blog.
A British blog about print and print culture in early modern England. Examines not only books, but also newsbooks (earliest form of newspapers) and other forms of communication during this period. One of the most erudite and consistently rewarding blogs that I follow.
A Canadian blog that treats the entire world of books as grist for the mill. Frequent, often lengthy posts on just about anything bookish, including interviews with a wide variety of authors, booksellers, librarians and the like.
Authored by Boston bibliophile and reference librarian Jeremy Dibbell, this blog features "[r]eviews of books old and new; news and commentary on book history, library culture, archives and related subjects." Has one of the better BlogRolls of the group on this list.
This blog focuses on building a home or private library---thus, book collecting, book history and related topics. Original content is posted daily. The blog's resource directories feature some of the highest quality links available for this subject matter anywhere on the Internet, and are updated frequently.
This University of Rochester blog is important for anyone collecting literature in English translation. Its links number many of the more important websites for this material (publishers, magazines, etc.).
This aggregation of blogs is an absolute must for anyone reading, reviewing or collecting books by independent and university publishers in the USA. (If nothing else, it keeps you from having to subscribe to each such blog separately!) Covers everything from announcements of new books to reviews to book tours and the like.
This blog argues that the future of the book is interactive. From "a San Francisco startup whose passion is to bring the worlds of video and books together on the Internet, through multiple applications, devices and platforms."