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Bibliotopia: Or, Mr. Gilbar's Book of Books & Catch-All of Literary Facts & Curiosities

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This book is a farrago of literary trivia, a treasure trove of obscure and irresistible facts, definitions, lists, and quotations that touch on every aspect of books, including their authors, publishers, printers, collectors, critics, pundits, readers, and enemies. Under headings that explore the entire history of bibliomania from "The Invention of Paper" to "Some Horror W ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 2005)
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karen
i am such a total nerd - i couldnt even put this book down. for complete book geeks only - so much to learn!!
Jen Estrella
This is a book for true book lovers, and only book lovers! Of course the title "Bibliotopia" suggests as much. A super quick read, filled with fun and interesting facts about books and bibliophiles and authors alike!! The beginning portion is random tidbits about every aspect of books. Publishing, history, and then the majority of the rest consists mostly of lists. I spent my entire evening looking up all the different books mentioned. They would be categorized, British Lit, German Lit, Famous l ...more
Allen Steele
Very good book of quotes & Less known facts about the book world. Memorable opening lines, Memorable closing lines, quotes by Terry Pratchett, Raymond Chandler & Edith Wharton. Lots of where they went to college, and the description of the various awards that each author had won. Quite a few books I've added to my to-read list from reading this book.
Joana
Bi-blio-ma’nie
{f; unz.} krankhaft übersteigerte Büchersammelwut [zu griech. biblion >>Buch<< + mania >>Wut, Wahnsinn, Begeisterung<<]

Ich gebe es zu, ich bin ein Buch Nerd.
Ich konnte dieses kleine Werk einfach nicht aus der Hand legen und dabei besteht es wirklich nur aus Listen – aber die haben es in sich!

Man findet so unglaublich viele Informationen über Bücher, Autoren, Preise, Fachbegriffe, dass es eine echte Freude ist. Triviale und wichtige Details sind hier kreuz un
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Melissa
(My name is Melissa and I'm a complete book geek) This was awesome! Too fun! I can't believe it took me 9 years to discover it. Must. Have. My. Own. Copy! I feel a trip to B&N, notes-in-the-margin, highlighting, and library displays coming on!
Steffi
Ein wirklich interessantes, kurzweiliges Buch mit vielen Aufzählungen und sehr kurzen Informationshappen zu unterschiedlichsteen Aspekten zum Thema Buch. Das Buch schwimmt damit leider schon ein wenig mit auf der "Listen"-Mode und die ein oder andere Aufzählung ist nicht allzu spannend. Auch ist schade, dass man nicht weiß, welche Listen bei der Übersetzung aus dem Amerikanischen an den deutschen Marlkt angepasst wurden. Aber schon die Reihe der schönsten Anfangs- und Schlussätze lohnt oder auch ...more
mairywo
What's not to like about this little book if you're a bibliophile? It's filled with trivia, useful information, interesting lists,... about books and authors. A quick read, but it can be opened anywhere and read one page at a time. A perfect book for those times when you don't have a lot of time to read, but you want to anyway.
Ana
Oct 03, 2010 Ana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bibliophiles!
Shelves: non-fiction
A bundle of goodness filled with a plethora of yummy morsels about books and book facts. Lists upon lists of nothing but pure book joy. Definitely contains unique tid bits that may only (perhaps) be appreciated by those of us who humbly consider ourselves lovers of literature. An interesting read indeed!
Michelle
Well, this little book had some fun spots--fun trivia, a few fun quotes. But a lot of it was endless lists of real names of authors and authors who attended which colleges--not the most exciting stuff. A few fun quotes are always good, though.
Stephani
This was an interesting little book. I found the oddball bits of infromation fun, but I would have liked it if teh author had expanded on the information.
Cameron
As a striving autodidact and bibliophile, this cornucopia of literary trivia appeals to my need for esoteric and highfalutin verbage and knowledge.
Katrina
A fascinating plethora of book and author trivia.
Edward Sullivan
For anyone who loves books.
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