There’s still money in them books: Prices for some collectible books continue to soar

The Daily Mail takes a look at at the continuing bullish market for uncommon collectible printed books. As the e-book gold rush quiets down and settles in for now at about 15% of the market the demand for some books has skyrocketed.

Remember speculation is not a component of book collecting and condition is still king. There are also plenty of collecting opportunities available for those of us not swimming in money.  As Jonathan Telfer, editor of Writing Magazine, points out : ‘It is important not to second-guess the market – predicting the next JK Rowling is a fool’s game. Focus on buying books that make you feel happy.”

Full story at Daily Mail: First editions of rare books are the first-class way to invest

Buzzfeed, the center of the saturated (and hopefully withering) listicle universe, recently posted 11 Extremely Rare Books You’ll Wish You Could Afford

Bookworks of Maskull Lasserre

 ”My work is always halfway between a song and a punch” says Canadian sculpture Maskull Lasserre.

From his serene well groomed and painted works to his sculptures featuring carved and altered books Lasser blends ”elements of nostalgia, accident, humor, and the macabre… into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.”

Here’s some song and some punch for your enjoyment

For Members Only: Library debuts in London

The latest foray in London’s busy members only club scene is Library, a book-centered destination with all the usual amenities plus a whole lot more.

It also offers a  boutique hotel on the premises and ”The Kitchen” which will feature rotating menus influenced by the latest cookbooks and will even have the author/chef  occasionally come in and cook. Then there is “Room Seven” with its floor to ceiling bookshelves which will showcase a collection of reading material chosen by select current authors. 

Forbes recently spoke with Ronald Ndoro, the man behind the concept who says one of the main draws of Library will be “the impressive roster of events lined up for members including book readings, live music and literary seminars. Art consultants Tani Burns and Andrew Hancock will curate a revolving series of exhibitions and 19 Greek Street, the design agency who oversaw the interiors of the club, will host dinners for the design community.”

And on what makes the Library different he says, “Obviously the fact that we double as a boutique hotel helps us to stand out. And of course our extensive collection of books. Members can come to read, to work, for a massage, for the gym, for a meal or to sleep!”