From The Editor

by Craig Stark

#109, 3 December 2007

You may recall an excellent bookplate primer Ephemera Editor Michele Behan wrote a few months ago.

Part II of this article appears today - and this time it's an intriguing story of a bizarre bookplate she encountered in an otherwise forgettable book and her efforts to uncover information about it. There's a happy ending, but it's not exactly what you might expect. Speaking of bizarre bookplates, don't forget Lewis Jaffe's Bizarre Bookplate Contest, which ends on December 1.

Ready for something exciting today? Here it is - an article on packaging methods! I know, I know, yawn, and besides, we've long since exhausted the topic of using b-flute, but I assure you that this is something new and exciting - magic boxes for books. They're cheap, lightning fast to use, and the two available sizes will fold to custom fit just about any book you toss into it. How can this be? Find out in today's first article.

Next is Catherine Petruccione's interview with Larry Portzline, a man on a mission to save an endangered species - the indie bookstore. Can he turn back the hands of time? Well, this college instructor (and writer) is going to give it the old college try by taking an extended road trip next year to indies across the fruited plain. And you can help.

Finally, the clock is ticking on BookThink's e-publication sale. 25% off all subscriptions (which you can extend if you are already current) and back issues until December 31. It'll never get any cheaper. Here's where to go:

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