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Introducing BookGilt – A New Metasearch for Antiquarian Books

By biblio | September 11, 2014

As some of you may remember, Biblio cut its teeth as a metasearch named SearchBiblio in the early oughts. Unfortunately, when we launched in 2003, it demanded all of our attention and so the meta search was shuttered.

Until now.

We’re pleased to [quietly] announce the launch of our new metasearch for rare and antiquarian books: BookGilt. Designed from the ground with ease of use, simplicity in mind, it searches most major antiquarian book marketplaces and boasts a responsive design (which is geektalk for “it looks and works really well on your smartphone or mobile device”).

In the coming months, we will be introducing many new features which will make this a truly unique and useful tool in the Bibliophile’s toolbox. (But we can’t tell you quite yet what they are….)

In the meantime, though, we hope you will try it out and give us feedback and ideas so we can continue to improve the service for you.

Topics: Book Collecting, Bookselling, Technology | No Comments »

CodeIgniter sessions randomly timing out

By biblio | August 13, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is about cookies, not books. In fact, cookies and books do not go together – as anyone with children can attest, they tend to leave nasty little oil stains on the pages and crumbs in the gutter. (now it’s at least vaguely book related – file under “Book Care”)

I’m departing from our topic only because we were encountering problems with CodeIgniter sessions sporadically expiring and a DuckDuckGo hunt (and Google hunt, for that matter), failed to yield an easy solution and I thought I’d save others the same pain.

Many people seem to be affected by this problem judging by questions asked in forums, and the most common suspect mentioned is the use of Ajax. This seems to solve the problem for many people, but not all, and there isn’t an easy answer for the thus afflicted. However, much debugging and poking at the mess yielded a bug in how CodeIgniter handles encrypted session cookies in conjunction with xss_clean. This caused the occasional cookie to fail when being unencoded on retrieval, forcing a re-spawn of a new session.

Once I knew what to go Duck hunting for, the solution (and explanation) is to be had over at The Biz Hole, who suggests three different remedies for solving the disappearing session problem in CodeIgniter.

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A new player in the online antiquarian book market…

By biblio | August 11, 2014

It’s over. We’ll be starting our firesale this afternoon. How can we possibly compete with this?

They'll be mopping up the world of rare books, I fear...

They’ll be mopping up the world of rare books, I fear…

Topics: book industry, Fun | No Comments »

Antiquarian book marketplace seeks CNC work

By biblio | July 22, 2014

I’m consistently amazed at the amount of e-mail we receive from legitimate B2B vendors who have not even bothered to do the slightest modicum of research before sending their sales pitches. Sometimes, I can’t help but hit back with a little acerbic humor. Today I received (with names removed to protect the innocent):

Subject: Question about BIBLIO.COM


We have worked with companies similar to yours to shave days off of lead time by manufacturing small, intricate parts directly from models.  We offer manual and CNC machining, wiring EDM, design and engineering, and parts repair as well.

Typically we work with engineering, project managers, maintenance managers, and buyers.  Could you let me know who the best person would be to speak with about your machined parts manufacturing needs?

Thanks for your help,

Real Guy
Real Company
Real Address and Website

To which I responded by requesting a quote on some work:

Real Guy,

At this time the primary thing we’re looking for is to mass produce the hardware shown on this product:

As you can see, we’re selling this 500 year old book for over $250,000. We believe that the reason people are interested in buying this book at that price is for the fine work that produced the brass hardware (likely by some primitive monks who were half-cocked on Belgian beer – I’m certain modern machine technology could do a much better job).

So, our idea is to order 100 million sets of antique brass clasps and posts and put them on every one of our 100 million books so we can sell those for $250,000 as well. I’m sure you’ve already done the math, but we figure we’ll make at least $2.5e + 13 (even Google couldn’t calculate the amount of money we’re going to make!)

Of course, we have to keep our production costs down, so we’d want to pay no more than $50 per set of antique brass adornments. But, for you, that could mean a $5 billion order. Not bad for an e-mail just sent out of the blue with no research behind it first, I’d say!

Oh, finally, the product we want to achieve will look something like this (pretty great, huh?):


Let me know once your HR team has staffed up enough medieval monks to fill this order and we’ll get started.

Thanks, Brendan

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Rare Book News of Note: April 2014

By Amber | April 17, 2014

Here’s a few snippets from the world of book collecting:

Keep posted, and we’ll share more rare book news as it comes across our desks.

Topics: Book Collecting, book industry | No Comments »

Happy Holidays – Facebook Giveaway!

By Amber | December 9, 2013

509305197.1.xDid you know we have a giveaway going on the Facebook Page?

Our “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway is easy to play! Go to our Facebook page to Like our page and play along.  You could win free books from Biblio for a whole year!

Each day for 12 days, we’ll post a question at 10am EDT.  We already started on December 6th, so what are you waiting for?

To participate, all you have to do is answer our question in the comments section on the Facebook page, and we’ll use our random generator tool to select a daily winner.  Those 12 winners will then be entered into a grand prize drawing on Wednesday, December 18th, when one person will win free books for a year in 2014!

The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 18th at 4pm EDT.

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The Internet is Made of Cats!

By Beth Phipps | August 5, 2013

Are you stressed, feeling let down, or having a bad day?

Well, one thing that always makes my day better is CATS! Being a cat lover, the act of just looking at the simple image of a kitty can send me into a state of relaxation and joy. I love walking in the door after I get home from work, and my sweet male kitty (Sir Barrel Didymus) comes running to me, snuggling me, welcoming me home. Merely petting him and hearing his purr can shed all the struggles of life away. He is my glass of wine, he is my vacation, he is my everything.

If you are a cat person like me, your bookshelf may look like the library of a cat addict. I love collecting books about cats and reading them to my sweet kitty when we sit down together. So if you are not allergic, or a cat hater, then read on for a selection of books that sellers have listed at that star the furry friends we call family.

My kitty provides me a glorious amount of calm and mediation from just petting and brushing him. The following titles I have read are just adorable and insightful to the power of zen that comes naturally to cats:

And of course, on this kitty-centric blog below are listings of RARE cat books I dream about.

I hope these kitty titles find good homes and make you purr. As the saying goes, the internet is made of cats and cats are made of awesome. MEOW!

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Visit our Pinterest Boards!

By Amber | July 15, 2013

Image of A Farewell to Arms book cover

 Visit us on Pinterest!

We pin beautiful books, odd books, and other interesting items found on!

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Bill McKibben: Prophet of Doom and Hope

By Dave Coyote | July 1, 2013

Book cover: The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

Global Warming. Climate change. Mass extinction of species.

The effects of CO2 on our planet are growing, and those who deny climate change is happening are finding it harder and harder to argue their case. Public support for the environmental movement is increasing, but only gradually. Most people recognize the seriousness of intensifying weather patterns and melting ice sheets in the arctic, but still no coordinated global effort exists on the scale needed to address the problem.

It’s not like we haven’t known about the problem for a long time. As early as the 1970s some scientists predicted increasing temperatures, and in 1989, Bill McKibben warned us all about what was to come in his book The End of Nature. This work outlines baseline issues affecting climate change, presenting facts and science about the nature of this global problem. It predicted the extent of changes to weather and climate in the last two decades, by addressing the hard science that backs the issue of climate change. McKibben didn’t stop there, and in 1998 took on the issue of overpopulation. This issue underlies the problems we have with waste and pollution. Increasing human population correlates directly with increased use of the planet’s resources, and in the amount of CO2 produced as waste in industrial processes. His book, Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single Child Families, is one of only a few made by climate scientists that publicly recognizes this connection.

A newer book, Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet, published in 2010, describes in detail the ways that climate change might irrevocably alter the face of our planet. The warnings first offered by McKibben in 1990 in The End of Nature are, in this vision of a possible future, realized here. Many of the changes described in this book we can already see happening around us, and while this foreboding look at the logical consequences of our industrial civilization may threaten our world view, McKibben argues passionately that we can change our destiny, if we are able to muster the will for dramatic and substantive fundamental changes.

The most up-to-date information on this and related issues can be found at, or at McKibben’s own website,

Biblio’s Commitment to the Environment: is committed to keeping our world green and thriving. We were the first bookselling marketplace to offer carbon-offsetting on all orders shipped through our site. This program, Ecosend, is accomplished in partnership with Native Energy, whose projects include building sustainable communities. We also offset carbon emissions from internal operations, practice recycling, energy-efficiency, compost, paper reduction where possible, and encourage buying local to reduce the carbon footprint. Learn more about Biblio’s Social Responsibility.

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Bolivia’s Capital Hosts its first Literary Festival

By biblio | May 9, 2012

Book fair in Sucre

No literary event would be complete without a marching band to open ceremonies the right way!

The hard-working BiblioWorks team (Matt & Co!) working in Bolivia recently coordinated Sucre’s first ever book fair with the help of a number of volunteers.

You can also read more from the point of view of one of the volunteers who was instrumental to pulling the project together and making it such a resounding success.

Congratulations, BiblioWorks!

Topics: BiblioWorks, libraries | No Comments »

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