Posts Categorized: Tips & Tricks

Apr 01
Culling Your Bookshelf: A How To Guide

Culling Your Bookshelf: A How To Guide

There comes a time when a booklover must clear their bookshelves. Whether it’s because of an upcoming move, no more shelf space, or you’ve been ordered to make room, nothing hurts more than culling one’s shelves. The first instinct is to rebel, but then you come to terms. How do you know which books to say goodbye to? First, you need to ask yourself a series of questions. Have you read the book? If you did, did you like it? Would you read it again? If you answer no to any of these questions, then put the book in the culled box. If you haven’t the read the book, ask yourself, will you read in the next week or two? If you’ve had the book on your TBR (to be… Read more »

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Jan 05
Culling Your Bookshelf: PaperbackSwap

Culling Your Bookshelf: PaperbackSwap

*There’s an update to the post below* Have you ever bought or been given a book that after reading just didn’t want to keep? There are several options available to make room on your shelf for the books you want. Today, I want to talk about PaperbackSwap.com. PaperbackSwap is free and doesn’t cost you anything to request (other than credits), but it does cost you to send books (just the postage). So basically for each book you send and the requester receives it, you’ll get 1 credit. When you request, the sender in turns pays for postage and when you receive it, mark it received so the sender can get their credit! You pay postage for each book that has been requested from you and media mail is used. I… Read more »

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Jul 27
Amazon Alternatives

Amazon Alternatives

With the Hachatte / Amazon feud still going strong, some readers are looking for alternatives to Amazon. I like to support local bookstores such as Page One or Bookworks. If you’re looking to try an online retailer, here are some of the places I’ve ordered from in the past and my thoughts about them. Hastings I love Hastings! They have a mix of used / new titles and carry dvds, cds, and novelty items in addition to books. As far as shipping goes, you can get deals for free shipping or flat rate, but overall the cost of shipping isn’t bad. What I love about Hastings is how fast receiving orders are. In my experience, let’s say I place an order on Saturday night-usually by Sunday it’s been processed and… Read more »

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Nov 27
How to Use Calibre

How to Use Calibre

I’m surprised at how many people aren’t aware of Calibre or don’t know how to use it. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a free and open source ebook library management program that gives you the ability to convert ebooks to different formats as well as letting you send ebooks to your device. This tutorial is for those who have never used the program and aren’t sure how to get started. My aim was to make it as simple as possible. Now the steps listed below will ONLY work with DRM free books. There are plugins that will let you strip the DRM file in order for you to convert it to your desired format, but I’m not going to talk about them since I know a few people… Read more »

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Nov 06
Book Signing Tips

Book Signing Tips

Book signings are exciting! Not only do you get to worship ahem I mean meet the author who has brought joy into your life, but you get to connect with like minded people. If you’re like me, I had no idea what to expect at my first book signing! I was nervous, but when it was all over I was happy as can be. Now for big festivals or conventions (ie. BEA or ALA) the format might be different, but I do think you’ll be able to apply a few of these. Do • Call the venue ahead of time (especially if it will be held a bookstore or library) and inquire if you’re allowed to bring your own books. If so, ask them how many you’re allowed to have… Read more »

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Jul 20
What the Tumblr: How and Why to Use Tumblr

What the Tumblr: How and Why to Use Tumblr

A few bloggers have been wondering about Tumblr and if they should get an account. Before I go into detail as to how to utilize Tumblr I’m going to explain why I use it. Note: Feel free to click on the images if you need to see a larger version. First of all, I use to blog extensively on Livejournal but a lot of people I followed and interacted with moved to Tumblr and eventually I gave in and got an account. Secondly, I know a few graphic designers or those who like to make digital fan art on Tumblr and it’s a great community to get creative ideas and to find resources such as textures or stock photos (that are royalty free). Posts from Lit, etc are auto-posted there… Read more »

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