If you don’t know where to look, here is a list of the finest bookstores in Austin to find old favorites, rare editions, comics and more. It’s followed by a list of local zines that we think are pretty cool.
It’s hard to imagine, but books that are now required reading for many high school students were once banned and burned. “The Anarchist Cookbook” is on the list, but so is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Hamlet” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
While multiple Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winning science fiction and fantasy author Elizabeth Bear isn’t exactly an indie author, she did spend the last five years collaborating on an indie web serial called Shadow Unit. The serial has just been collected into a print book.
To many, “leadership” is like the old test for obscenity – you might not be able to describe it, but you’ll know it when you see it. A University of Texas professor is aiming to take the mystery out of what makes a good leader with a new book being published this month.
Books can make the best gifts for any occasion. They can be as personal as a rare, first edition favorite or as impersonal as a selection from the New York Times Bestseller List. As with all presents, the more personal you get, the more appreciated the book.
Books, they say, are dead. Publishing, that once sacrosanct institution, is now no more than a burning Gomorrah. And literature, text the tween throngs, “iz ovr fuckn omg g2gpc… r u there…suuuup?” and so on.
In an ideal universe, every book would find an audience on its own. You the author would sit alone in your cork-lined room painting pictures with words, and then your publisher would handle all the publicity and marketing details to draw the eager attention of the reading public.
At one point in the 1990s, there were seven Barnes & Noble bookstores, three Borders and one BookPeople in Austin. Today, there are half as many Barnes & Nobles, Borders is out of business, and BookPeople still stands.
These are renderings of the design for the new Austin Central Library, a six-story, 170,000-square-foot building that will be built adjacent to the Seaholm redevelopment. The library will be situated just down the street from City Hall, at the end of the Shoal Creek Trail, facing Town Lake. Architects and library officials are calling it a “Library for the Future.”
Today you’re as likely to see someone reading a book on their iPad or Kindle as you are to see them sitting down holding an actual book. As it changes everything else, technology is also changing reading habits, but that’s not a bad thing according to Austin library officials.