Commentary

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Utterly ridiculous: Germany says you can only buy adult eBooks after 10 pm

What? Do they restrict the sales of them in brick-and-mortar stores to late-night hours? This strikes me as really, really silly. Adult eBooks can only be sold after 10 pm, Germany rules The 10pm to 6am window was originally instituted in a 2002 law — Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag, or Youth Media Protection Act —  that was intended to restrict adult cinemas from… Read more

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The History of Media Mail

Interesting thing: I was at the post office, mailing a book to a friend (Beast – I’m so sorry! I should have sent it ages ago!) when I happened to mention that I love the media mail rate. (Instead of $12 to mail my book, it was only $3.) The postman gave me – and everyone else in line –… Read more

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The [Book] Blizzard of 2015

Dear Readers, I don’t know about the weather where you are but here, at The Shelves, there has been a blizzard of books! I have towering stacks of books covering just about every available surface! I am tempted to engage in some typical blizzard behavior and make a French Toast Run (go to the grocery store for eggs, milk and… Read more

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Quotables

Enough bookshelves — I’m not sure I understand the phrase… “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” – Anna Quindlen, American author Read more