What book are you wishing for, Unique, Real or Not

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What book are you wishing for, Unique, Real or Not

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Dez 18, 2008, 10:24am

Personal I would like something along the lines of

"Cutting through the Babble: What people mean when they don't say what they mean"

Oh and it would be great if it came from those people who make the "comic guide to..." series.

Dez 19, 2008, 11:15am

I'd like copies of all the unread physical books in my library in un-DRMed electronic format in my PDA so that I can have a hope of catching up on my reading. I'd also like my special favorites or older books in series also in un-DRMed... so that I can indulge in my favorites when the mood hits or check back on what so-and-so was doing in book 2 while I'm reading book 8.

Dez 19, 2008, 11:18am


Dez 19, 2008, 1:06pm

I'd still like to get the first book in the Sookie Sookhouse series (HBO: True Blood Series).

Have repeatedly unsuccessfully tried to Bookmooch it.

And a sample fabric book of men's fashions circa 1900-1930 with fabric swatches intact.

Dez 19, 2008, 1:42pm

Is True Blood about Vampires as a minority group? or something like that.

(I don't have cable...)

Dez 19, 2008, 2:30pm

Just *one* book? That's difficult!

Some of the books my parents gave away, sold, or lost in moves when I was a child.

There was a Greek Myths (I thought, but it was probably based on Ovid) with a story on one page and a tipped-in illustration in sort of pre-Raphaelesque watercolour on the facing page. Not intended for children, probably. A large format, about 9x12, hardcover. Definitely 20th century as the pictures were in colour but not chromolithographs. Even on Abebooks Booksleuth nobody was able to give me any leads.

The 18th century illustrated books, , I can barely remember because I wasn't into reading about the Peloponnesian War when I was 9.

Dez 19, 2008, 5:16pm

>5 misericordia:

Close enough. It's a series about Vampires living in present day having "come out of the coffin" as it were. Lots of blood, campy humor and adult themes in true HBO fashion. Very entertaining.

Dez 19, 2008, 6:10pm

>3 misericordia:

DRM=Digital Rights Management or as the Urban Dictionary has it: "Digital *Restrictions* Management. Policy/Code that restricts usage of media that you 'own'. You buy a CD. You copy its tracks to your computer. DRM steps in and restricts how you use those tracks -- you can only play the song XX times, you can't send it to anyone, you can't copy it to your portable audio player, etc. "

Most of the ebooks out there can only be read on proprietary software or hardware. The main exceptions are Baen ebooks and books I've found on Project Gutenberg and converted myself. It's too bad that Embiid isn't still around. Even though their books had DRM, it was explicitly permitted for us to loan our ebooks to anyone we wanted with a copy of the reading software.

Obligatory xkcd reference: http://xkcd.com/488/

Editado: Dez 21, 2008, 3:42pm

I would like the imaginary book The Complete Variorum Edition of Walt Kelly's Pogo with a supplement that has the complete strips by other people from after his death.

This book would start before Pogo had his own strips and books. It would date all the strips. Where there were two streams because of political sensitivity both would be shown in parallel. Where a strip was updated to fit a later idea, as for example the original arrival of the bats, it would show both strips with comment about the differences. It might also even have a parallel time line of news making events and cultural curiosities so we could see what he was reacting to.

This book would be very heavy and very exspensive.


Dez 21, 2008, 6:10am

rdurick, what a wonderfully Borgesian suggestion! I did not know what I wanted until I saw your post with the word Variorum; I now know that what I want is A Treatise on the Astrolabe (Variorum Edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer). Thanks!

Dez 26, 2008, 10:00am

Follow up:
What I got was David Sedaris' Holidays on Ice. Not the same but close.