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The IOBA Standard is the journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association and covers the book world, with a special focus on the online used, out-of-print, and collectible bookselling markets.



Bibliofile will be an occasional column at The Standard, which will present bits and pieces from around the world related to the love of books.

Today’s offerings all come from Atlas Obscura, a website that features articles about sometimes little-known – but always very cool – people, places and things. “If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.” Following is a selection of ten book-related articles that have been featured at the site:

1) Portable lighthouse libraries, distributed across the United States in the 19th century, were a common but important part of life for families living under the constant work and near-isolation of the lighthouse watch.

2) Why there are still Borders bookstores in Malaysia, or the strange case of the zombie

3) In Romania, read a book and ride the bus for free

4) Awesome Places [Arguably] Ruined by Popular Books

5) Fiction’s Newest Frontier: Literary Geocaching

6) A 400 Year Old Book Made From Feathers

7) Julian of Norwich, religious anchorite, wrote the first published book attributed to a woman in all of English literature.

8) The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips

9) How Book Designers Around the World Interpreted Philip K Dick’s The Man In The High Castle

10) The Museum of Miniature Books: Baku, Azerbaijan



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