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Book Lovers Discuss Their Collections

A point of transparency here – I label myself a book lover; my collection is north of 8,000 volumes. This delightful piece in The Washington Post interviews several people, including the Librarian of Congress, on their collections and their attitudes to the tomes they possess.

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The Book of Kells Is Now Online

In all its elaborate, colorful glory.

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The Top 100 Novels of All Time

Of course this list is bound to cause arguments or disagreements, but this enumeration is based on how many libraries (as tabulated by WorldCat) have these volumes on their shelves. Overwhelmingly, the volumes are American or English, and few are what you would label contemporary (with the exception of a couple of Harry Potter titles). Each novel is placed in a genre and the number of translations of the books is also given. How many have you read? (If my math is accurate, I have read 92 of them.) A fuller list of the top 500 novels is available and can be divided by genres; see how many science fiction novels made the grade.

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The University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Collection

For those interested in Latin American studies, this publisher has made numerous monographs freely available at its site. In addition, titles in Russian and East European Studies, as well as in Composition, Literacy and Culture are also available. A worthwhile repository of valuable out-of-print tomes.

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National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering – all are among the most prestigious STEM organizations in the world and as such produces highly regarded monographs, reports, briefings, and consensus documents on a whole host of topics from agriculture to national security. Well over 9,000 volumes are freely available online, sorted into specific topic areas. If one listens to the news, one will inevitably hear about a report issued by the NAP; the latest one to inform the general public dealt with The Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. One can always look at the latest releases section to see what new reports have been generated; more than 200 are published every year. And you can stay in touch with the NAP via various media platforms as well

 

 

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New Security Reports From the National Academies Press

Among the many diverse subjects the NAP publishes on, one deals with Conflict and Security Issues; currently over 550 volumes are available for free downloading/perusal. The latest volumes reflect the ongoing commitment of the NAP to issue pertinent reports; these reports have been produced within the past month alone: Changing Sociocultural Dynamics and Implications for National Security: Proceedings of a WorkshopEmerging Trends and Methods in International Security: Proceedings of a Workshop; and Leveraging Advances in Social Network Thinking for National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop. To keep yourself current on what the NAP disseminates, you can subscribe to the Conflict and Security Issues RSS feed.

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Galaxy Novels

For the space of a decade or so, Galaxy Science Fiction issued abridged reprinted novels as part of its line; they were available as standalone publications in the same format as the magazine itself. Many of these novels are/were considered classics at the time. So peruse the shortened versions of works by Jack, Williamson, C.L. Moore, James Blish, and L. Ron Hubbard (yes, that L. Ron Hubbard – some of his science fiction is darn good), among others.

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