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A passion for books : a book lover's treasury of stories, essays, humor, lore, and lists on collecting, reading, borrowing, lending, caring for, and appreciating books
Rabinowitz, Harold, 1948-
First edition.
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New York : Times Books, [1999]

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xxi, 355 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Delivering effective online learning is an issue that librarians are having to consider, particularly if they are working in an organization that delivers an education programme. This title is designed to guide the librarian through all the stages needed to create successful online learning in the library, covering planning and management; design and development; and evaluation and assessment. The text is regularly interspersed with overviews and further sources of information.

Author Notes

Harold Rabinowitz is director of the book packaging firm, The Reference Works, & has served as executive editor of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology & science editor of the Encyclopedia Americana. He is the author of books on aviation, on the Old West, & on Judaica. He lives with his family & library in Riverdale, New York.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is the second collection of writings on books to appear this fall with the same title. Editors Rabinowitz and Kaplan have opted for passion in the short form, featuring very brief essays, most under 10 pages, complemented by an assortment of lists and quotations. By pairing this anthology with Dale Salwak's Passion for Books [BKL Ag 99], which brings together longer think-pieces on the joys of reading, most readers will find themselves sufficiently aroused, bibliographically speaking. There is plenty of what one would expect here: testimonials on that crowd-pleasing theme, "How Reading Changed My Life" (the title of Anna Quindlen's contribution and the sentiment behind numerous others). More entertainingly, several authors avoid the obvious pieties and use books as the launching pad for some delightful tongue-in-cheek humor: John Updike on how book-filled jiffy bags took over the world, and Umberto Eco on how to answer that inevitable question put to anyone with a sizable personal library: "Have you read all these books?" --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

Rabinowitz (Pushing the Envelope: Airplanes of the Jet Age) and Kaplan (an editor at HarperCollins) have put together a delightfully eclectic collection of anecdotes, stories, essays, humor, cartoons, quotes, and lists written by writers, critics, booksellers, and book collectors, as well as by the editors themselves. The material speaks not to the activity of reading but rather to the pleasure derived from choosing, holding, and having books. This subject matter makes the work truly unique. Book collectors will smile and nod in agreement again and again as their obsession is legitimized by everyone from Christopher Morley to Ray Bradbury to Norman Mailer to Petrarch. (Umberto Eco's "How To Organize a Public Library" should be required reading in all MLS programs.) A "Bibliobibliography" is provided. This superbly edited collection is highly recommended for all libraries.ÄAngela M. Weiler, SUNY Libs. at Morrisville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ray BradburyChristopher MorleyWalter BenjaminRob KaplanStuart BrentAnatole BroyardChristopher MorleyUmberto EcoUmberto EcoNicholas BasbanesClifton FadimanClifton Fadiman and John S. MajorGeorge Hamlin FitchSusan SontagGustave FlaubertRoger RosenblattSolly GanorJohn MiltonThomas Wentworth HigginsonJonathan YardleyRobert B. DownsMichel de MontaigneRobertson DaviesJohn MichellHarold RabinowitzA. Edward NewtonA. Edward NewtonWilliam KeddieHenry Ward BeecherAnna QuindlenA. S. W. RosenbachLeo RostenAl SilvermanJohn UpdikePetrarchBen D. ZevinWilliam Dana OrcuttWilliam TargPhilip RothRobert BenchleyHolbrook JacksonHerbert Faulkner WestEstelle Ellis and Caroline SeebohmA. Edward NewtonEdward Robb Ellis
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: A Passion for Booksp. xvii
In a Second-Hand Bookshopp. 3
Unpacking My Libraryp. 4
The Ritualp. 13
How to Get Started in the Book Businessp. 19
"Look Who's Been Remaindered Now"p. 26
Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty or More Timesp. 27
Lending Booksp. 28
On the Return of a Book Lent to a Friendp. 32
Welcome Home Borrowed Bookp. 33
How to Justify a Private Libraryp. 34
How to Organize a Public Libraryp. 37
Samuel Pepys's Libraryp. 40
Pillow Booksp. 43
The New Lifetime Reading Planp. 49
Comfort Found in Good Old Booksp. 55
The Collectorp. 62
Bibliomaniap. 64
"All the Friedrich Nietzsche You'll Ever Need"p. 77
Bibliomaniap. 78
The Book Actionp. 80
From Areopagiticap. 88
Books Unreadp. 89
Ten Books That Shaped the American Characterp. 94
Books That Changed Americap. 96
The Commerce of Readingp. 98
Book Collectingp. 102
"Holy Cow!"p. 110
Bibliomaniacsp. 111
They Don't Call It a Mania for Nothingp. 122
Bibliolexiconp. 134
What Is the Matter with the Bookshop?p. 135
"Non-Books"p. 147
Ten Memorable Books That Never Existedp. 148
The Last of His Racep. 150
The Perfect Bookp. 163
Books Are the Windows of the Soulp. 164
How Reading Changed My Lifep. 165
Three by Quindlenp. 173
Talking of Old Booksp. 175
Potchp. 196
"Damn It! Wait Your Turn!"p. 205
A Good Time to Start a Book Clubp. 206
Invasion of the Book Envelopesp. 217
"And to Some People We Might Not Sell It at Any Price"p. 220
My Friendsp. 221
Norman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novelsp. 222
W. Somerset Maugham's Ten Greatest Novelsp. 223
The Bible Through the Agesp. 224
Aldus Manutiusp. 240
Benjamin Franklin's Epitaphp. 256
The Collectorp. 257
The Newark Public Libraryp. 278
Why Does Nobody Collect Me?p. 281
How Not to Care for Booksp. 286
On Reading and Collectingp. 297
How to Care for Booksp. 313
Fifteen Books We Would Memorize if We Were the "Living Books" Characters in Ray Bradbury's Novel Fahrenheit 451 The Editorsp. 321
"I Just Like to Be in Their Presence Occasionally"p. 323
The "100" Game
100 Greatest Novels in the English Languagep. 325
Top 100 English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century The Editors of the Modern Library, 1998p. 334
91 Chambers Streetp. 337
Bibliobibliography--Books About Books: A Selectionp. 343
Permission Acknowledgmentsp. 351