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By Tom Raabe

During this tenth-anniversary variation of the much-loved Biblioholism: The Literary habit, writer Tom Raabe takes a funny examine the all-consuming love of books and has up-to-date the knowledge inside by way of discussing the ever-mutating new E-landscape and its results on fellow biblioholics all over. have you woke up the morning after a book-buying spree and been not able to recollect what number volumes you got or how a lot you spent? have you been reprimanded or fired for examining at the activity? have you bought or rented extra residing house only for your books? for those who solution "yes" to all or any of those questions, don't fret. you're not on my own. the complete restoration awaits you-just purchase another ebook!

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After years of sorting through ever-growing mounds of research, Publius's long-awaited Caesar: A Roman MacArthur is finally released, albeit to a tepid public. "We're Caesared out," one local critic wailed. D. Rosetta Stone reissued as book coffee table vis-a-vis a coffee-table book, with chess board and Trivial Pursuit pattern sculpted into top. Sales slow. D. " Publishing world chimes in with no less than twenty do-it-yourself tax guides. D. Sixteen-book floor display of Rosetta Stone falls on unwary shopper in Cairo supermarket.

Walking amid the stacks sent them into threatening oscillations that could have, in an instant, buried the unwary visitor in an avalanche of books. "After being put into the library a volume was as lost as if it had been thrown into the bottom of the ocean," wrote Theodore Koch of Boulard's immense stash. When he died, Boulard had amassed from six hundred thousand to eight hundred thousand volumes. 2 Others have been, if less prolific, equally as maniacal in their bibliomania. 3 The problem with Boulard and other wild and crazy bookaholics of those years is that they didn't read the books they acquired.

And hard to read! There's more margin than there is text, the spellings are weird, all the s's look like f's, the punctuation is inscrutable, they fill up the first letter of every chapter with more curlicues than a mushy greeting card, and if that's not enough, the paper is breakable. This is because most of these very valuable books are extremely old. Which calls to mind a story Mark Twain told in The Innocents Abroad. Twain's traveling party was touring the great cities of Italy under the guidance of a dragoman they called-as they called all of their guides-Ferguson.

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