I have a few items for this week, so let's take a look at a few things I have been reading recently:
- Here are 18 cool home libraries. Via Web Urbanist. These are the kind of home set ups I can only dream about.
- The fate of niche bookstores, those small stores that usually specialize in a genre or some other small specialty, varies from negative and doom to more positive depending on who you ask. Publishers Weekly sounds a bit pessimistic at the start of this article citing closings left and right. This other article in The Houston Chronicle sounds a bit more optimistic.
- The New York Times has an interesting piece on antiquarian book dealers and how they deal with any rare book thefts.
- And speaking of rare books and materials, here is a small look at the market of rare science books and manuscripts. Via New Atlas.
- Via CPH Post, a positive note from Denmark, where more people are visiting Danish libraries.
- Finally for this week, in translation news, the earliest known Arabic short stories have been translated into English. According to the piece, some of these are more fantastic than The Arabian Nights. Story via The Independent.