Raven Picks - Our Favorite Links and Resources


Scroll down to find these sections:


    • I. About Books and Book Collecting  
    • II. Book Care, Preservation and Conservation 
    • III. Orchid Books, Succulents, Carnivorous Plants, Miniature Gardening, Fairy Gardening, Mosses and Other Resources for Specialty Gardeners 
    • IV. Small Independent Online Booksellers and the Neighborhood Chrislands Bookstores 
    • V. Good Causes - Recycle, Upcycle, Share and Donate Books



I. About Books and Book Collecting


Collecting Books:


At these sites may be found a wealth of information and resources about books: guides and suggestions for buying, selling and collecting books, identifying first editions, identifying book club editions, author signatures, book search sites, blogs and networking links and other up-to-date "tools of the trade":


Books and Book Collecting offers an amazing collection of sources and information about all things book related. Steve Trussel's site is a classic "must-have" bookmark, as is Glen Larson's "Guide to First Editions" site, which is no longer accessible in its original incarnation. White Unicorn Books has thankfully made some of Glen's content once again available. Additional reference material for collectors and book lovers may be found at BookThink.com and at IOBA, the Independent Online Booksellers Association. The  ABAA website has a special page of book collecting links.  Sheppard's Confidential compiles yet more resources and information for book people, in both website and email newsletter forms which feature news, insightful commentary and events for dealers and collectors of secondhand and antiquarian books, ephemera, prints and maps. In addition to news and press releases, Sheppard's provides access to dealer catalogs, auctions, book fairs and festivals, internet directories and a list of available references and "books about books". For finding book sales in your area, BookSaleFinder is a sure bet. Fine Books & Collections magazine and website offers much to book lovers and collectors, including a free e-letter, featured articles, information on special events, and the Gently Mad Blog by Nicholas Basbanes, Fine Books Blog . Another blog site hosting a wealth of informative articles and links to more resources for building your personal collection can be found at The Private Library. The monthly e-zine Biblio Unbound  at Biblio.com features a full spectrum of articles on book collecting, as well as aspects of cleaning, repairing, protecting and storage of collectible books and ephemera. An article by Bern Marcowitz and Margot Rosenberg, authors of "The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New" focuses on paperback preservation, and includes "ten book lovers commandments" , applicable to books of all bindings and paper components.


Autographs and Signatures:


The Author Signatures & Illustrator Signatures section at Purple House Press features an impressive list of author and illustrator signatures for your reference. Jill Morgan has created Purple House Press and is in the process of reprinting formerly out-of-print, hard- to-find books for children (and their parents!). More autograph lists are available for your perusal at Books Tell You Why and Tomfolio .


Biblio-ephemera (or, stuff between the pages):


I think almost all  of us have at one time or another come across assorted flattened curiosities tucked between the pages of books we are reading. Now you can share your discoveries with others in cyberspace if you'd like, or just browse through what others have found. Things Found in Books  contains a gallery of such place-marking oddities and mementos. A blog and e-journal at Bibliophemera focuses on topics about ephemera related to books and their owners such as bookmarks, receipts, bookplates, letters, theatre tickets and the like, with a selection of links for related reading. Do you like to collect unusual, thematic or vintage bookmarks? An engrossing reference site and showcase for all kinds of bookmarks is on exhibit at Mirage Bookmark. An extensive and impressive collection of "bookseller tickets" and trade labels is displayed at Seven Roads . Fine Books Magazine also features an article on bookbinder's tickets and bookseller labels. If you are interested in maps, prints, history and cartography, the collector's page at the International Antiquarian Mapsellers Association is worth a visit. To expand the horizons of your collecting bug even further, a visit to the website of The Collectors Weekly will provide plenty of food for thought.


Fine Bindings and the Art of Books:


 The Bone Folder is an e-journal for bookbinders, book artists and enthusiasts of the craft. The University of Alabama hosts Publishers Bindings Online where you can search the collection, browse the galleries, read essays and avail yourself of the bibliographic resources, teaching and research tools. The University of Rochester Rare Books and Special Collections Department features an exhibit Beauty for Commerce: Publishers' Bindings 1830-1910 .


Displaying Your Special Collections:


Quality crafted pine and mahogany bookstands are available at The Bookstand.


Collection exhibit supplies, mount construction materials, book stands and supports can be found at  BenchmarkCatalog. Supplies available include book mounts, poly strap, padding, pinning, fabric, tools and an assortment of hardware.

Custom book boxes by Jim Arner at Wyoming Mercantile  Handcrafted, custom slip cases, clam-shell boxes (also known as drop-spine, or Solander, boxes), and two-piece boxes, built to house and protect your valuable books, manuscripts, maps, family records, photographs, fine art prints, etc. Boxes are constructed of heavy duty, archival quality book-binder's board, then covered with paper, or cloth, in colors that will complement the items. Paper can range from plain art paper to elaborate marbled paper, and a wide variety of fabrics can be used for the covering. Various leathers also available as covering material. More info, and photos of completed projects can be found here: http://www.wyomerc.com/bookboxes/bookboxes.html




II. Book Care, Preservation and Conservation


Book Conservation Techniques:


http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/  Courtesy of CoOL, Conservation On-Line. A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, you can find a full text library of conservation information for all kinds of book and paper conservation issues including mold, mildew, fungi, biological pests, etc. Compiled for professional conservators, there is also much useful information of interest to book collectors.


Book Repair Manual:


www.dartmouth.edu/~preserve/repair/repairindex.htm  An illustrated on-line book repair manual, courtesy of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library.


Handling and Storage of Books:


http://www.loc.gov/preserv/care/books.html  Tips on book preservation courtesy of The Library of Congress.


Northeast Document Conservation Center is a private non-profit regional conservation center whose mission is to improve the preservation programs of libraries, archives, museums, and other historical and cultural organizations as well as to provide quality conservation services to institutions that cannot afford in-house conservation facilities or that require specialized expertise; and to provide leadership to the preservation field. The Center provides preservation microfilming, and education and consulting services as well as conservation treatment.


Preservation, Emergency Planning, Disaster Preparedness and Handling of Damaged Books


http://www.mbkcons.com/wkshp/disaster/disastermat.htm MBK Consulting website offers course materials, techniques, bibliographies and links on a wealth of topics such as book cleaning, repair, preservation, indoor air quality, disaster preparedness for computers and data ,as well as links to resources for government documents, business and teaching resources.


Everyday Care of Your Old Books:


The advice below is courtesy of retired book conservator Carol Pratt:



    • The paper and stitching of the book are old - as old as the book itself, and they are not able to tolerate the kind of casual exercise we normally give to books. Avoid opening the volume to a fully flattened position. Instead open the covers no further than 120 degrees (less is better) and support them with your hands or with some mechanical means, such as bricks, which have been wrapped in clean Kraft or other paper. A book cradle, if you have one, is ideal. Do not place any weight on the book when it is open.


    • Turn the pages carefully to avoid breaking or tearing the edges.


    • Do not use the pages of the book to flatten and dry plant materials or to safeguard locks of hair or other mementos. These items are probably very acid, possibly dirty, and plants introduce moisture. Moreover, placing these foreign materials into the pages puts strain on the spine and its stitching, something to be avoided.


    • Keep the volume in a room that is likely to be moderate in temperature and humidity. Do not place it in an unheated space such as an attic or a basement, and do not leave it exposed to sunlight. Swings in temperature and humidity will cause rapid deterioration and irreversible damage to all parts of the book. Protect the book from dust if you can, if it is displayed, by dusting carefully with a gentle vacuum suction or with a "Magnetic" dust cloth of the kind used to clean computer monitors. If not displayed, a wrapping of well-washed clean cotton sheeting can hardly be improved on.


    • Shelve a large book on its side - DO NOT place oversize volumes upright on a bookshelf.


    • The book wants to be treated with deference for its age - not too hot, not too cold, not damp, not too dry. Handle it gently and with respect. It has seen many years and should endure many more.



More Everyday Care and Repair Tips and Tricks:


Our colleagues at Biblio.com blog about various book care and repair topics for hardcovers, paperbacks, ex-library books and general book collections.


For one-stop shopping, an impressive selection of book binding and repair tools, leather care, erasers, cleaning and preservation supplies can be found at http://www.bookrepairsupplies.com/ 


Archival Products:


The webstores at Talas , Hollinger, Conservation Resources International  and Light Impressions specialize in archival products to help repair, preserve, protect and display books, photographs, documents and ephemera. Demco/Highsmith and Brodart also are very good sources for conservation and preservation supplies.




 III. Orchids, Succulents, Carnivorous Plants, Mosses and Other Resources for Botanists and Specialty Gardeners




In response to popular demand, we try to maintain a varied, current and informative selection of new, used, out-of-print and hard to find books about orchids and orchid culture (just search by keyword: orchid). Your suggestions are always welcome. In addition, for our international customers, we will gladly special-order and ship to you any in print Timber Press publications.


We are very happy to distribute these special titles on orchid seed propagation techniques:


"Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination" by A. J. Hicks is back in stock in the form of a newly updated and expanded Second Edition, with an entire chapter on symbiotic germination by Scott Stewart.


"The Orchid Seed Germination Manual" by the same author, is also available for purchase at Ravenroost Books and covers much of the same core material in a more concise text.


"Orchid Seed Germination Media. A Compendium of Formulations" By A.J. Hicks, edited by K. Lynn. An authoritative reference containing of over 130 recipes and formulations for growing orchid seeds in vitro.


More sources and information about orchids and orchid culture may be found at the author's site The Orchid Seedbank Project . OSP, founded in 1996, works towards the conservation of orchid species by seed. They archive and sell seeds and flasked seedlings of hundreds of orchid species, along with the materials and information needed to cultivate them.


We have in stock a selection of out of print American Orchid Society Bulletins (now known as Orchids-The Magazine of the American Orchid Society) which are not yet listed online. They range in dates from 1984 through 1992. If you are interested in a particular orchid species, a specific volume or author, or an individual article, please feel free to Email Us directly for pricing and availability.


Miniature Gardening:


Janit Calvo at twogreenthumbs.com  can help you turn your miniature gardening fantasies into magical reality. Author of  "Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World" and the newly released "Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop", Janit Calvo is an award-winning go-to guru for ideas and inspiration, along with a website to provide everything you need to design, build and maintain your mini-garden, fairy garden or terrarium. Choose plant varieties, pathway components and addictive miniature garden accessories to customize and accent your miniature landscapes both indoors and out. Janit and Steve take special care to process your orders promptly and carefully pack your plants and goodies to arrive in perfect condition.


Mosses and Moss Gardening:


Mosses play a special role in our garden landscapes and the ecology of our forests, whether carpeting a woodland floor or dappling a shade garden, garnishing our footpaths, flourishing as earth-friendly lawn space, or enriching our vertical or hanging gardens, miniature gardens, fairy gardens and terrariums.


From walkway dressing and tabletop terrariums tominiature gardens, fairy gardens, roofs, walls and mossy lawns, Moss Acres is your one stop source for moss growing education, large and small project ideas, supplies, moss sheets, moss "milkshakes", terrarium kits and companion ferns. 



Need to start out on a smaller scale? Another recommended source for beginners, moss plugs, cultivation information and supplies can be found at Moss and Stone Gardens, home of "Moss Rocks"!


Cacti and Succulents, Epiphytes and the Carnivores:

Book of Succulents, Dr. Eduardo Carbonell  A bilingual book (English and Spanish) which covers all endemisms of the Sempervivoideae (Crassulaceae)sub-family and includes an overview of the man-made hybrids.


For those plant people who gravitate toward plants such as epiphytic cacti and epiphytic succulents, bromeliads, tillandsias, hoyas, orchids and the flora which grow together with these epiphytic plants, E.P.R.I.C., the Epiphytic Plant Research and Information Centre of the EPRIC Foundation, is worthy of a virtual visit. In addition to conservation information and cultivation advice, an impressive inventory of books is available for sale. If carnivorous plants are your passion, The International Carnivorous Plants Society is an organization of horticulturists, conservationists, scientists, and educators all interested in sharing knowledge and news of carnivorous plants. Since its founding in 1972, the Society has been an integral part of the carnivorous plant world. Their website is a good resource for carnivourous plant collectors. ICPS is an organization of horticulturists, conservationists, scientists and educators interested in sharing knowledge and news about carnivorous plants. Available are membership information, a newsletter, a seed bank and exchange as well as a web ring, searchable plant name database, FAQs and how-to's. 


Botanical Literature and Web Resources at the New York Botanical Gardens Library  Visit the LuEsther T. Mertz Library for botanical reference, and the bookshop for New York Botanical Gardens Press titles in print. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is one of the world's largest and respected of botanical and horticultural research libraries, with over one million accessioned items including books, journals, original art and illustration, seed and nursery catalogs, architectural plans of glass houses, scientific reprints, and photographs. Its diverse collections hold irreplaceable materials that date back to the 12th century, as well as electronic resources such as e-journals and searchable research databases.


Plant Information Online, a free search service courtesy of the University of Minnesota Librairies, provides access to sources of locate plant information by plant name (scientific or common name), selected and book and magazine citations to plant information and plant images, and even a search for mail-order retail and wholesale plant nursery locations (USA and Canada). Section of search tips is also provided.


The Seed Site displays a catalog of images of seedpods, seeds and seedlings, arranged alphabetically by scientific name, a handy resource for seed savers.




 IV. Small Independent Online Booksellers and Neighborhood Bookstores



    •  The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) is comprised of small business owners who make customer service a priority. Review our code of professional ethics, guides to book terminology and book description definitions and our links to book related resources. Also discover feature articles about book-related topics, seminars, workshops and author interviews.

    • Need to search further? Look for more used and rare books at Biblio.com


    • A sampling of bookshops in the Chrislands Neighborhood: 


Updated Apr 13, 2017


A Book
Legacy (Palm Harbor, FL, USA)
Florida Antiquarian Book Dealers Association. We are an online store
specializing in Americana, Genealogy, Religion, Military, and General Stock
that is mostly non-fiction. We ship within 24 hours and provide free tracking
within USA. Visit us today! You can also connect with us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Book-Legacy/141847375874852


(Littleton, CO, USA) 
include: Classic Fiction, Literature and Poetry; Books by and about Abraham
Lincoln and Winston Churchill; Books about Birds and Birding. We feature works
published by the Modern Library. Always buying quality used books. Member, IOBA
and RMABA.


Books & Vinyl Records (Salisbury UK)  Specializing in signed books, first editions, Classical and Rock vinyl records


Antiques & Books (Spanish Fork, UT,
Specialize in Rare Books, Out-Of-Print Books, Used Books, other hard-to-find
books with a significance to Mormon / LDS / Latter-Day Saints History and Utah,
Illinois, Missouri, New York and the West.  - - Books, Autographs and
Signatures, and other Mormon Ephemera. - -   Authorized reseller for NEW
LDS books from most LDS Publishers including, Deseret Book, Covenant, Cedar
Fort, Signature Book, and others.


Corner Books 
(Austin, TX, USA) 
http:// We are an
internet only site and carry antiquarian, used/rare books and ephemera; Texana,
American West, children's books, Robert Sabuda, Tasha Tudor, Hardy Boys, Tom
Swift, Judy Bolton, Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew and other series books.


Shoots, Bookseller 
(Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
8-5 Monday-Saturday. We specialize in antiquarian and rare hardcovers,
primarily non-fiction: religion, classic literature, biography, history
(especially local), art, technical, and transportation. We have an extensive
children's collection spanning 1860 through 1970. All orders packaged in bubble
wrap and boxes. 20% discount for fellow booksellers. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Shoots-Bookseller/78031095944.


Friends (Bear Creek area, USA) 
 With over 65,000 books in the store, we carry a large selection of Science
Fiction and Children's books, but also have Romance, Mystery,Western, Horror,
and Non-Fiction areas. Check us out on the internet at LLFBooks.com for those
hard-to-find collectibles.


Emporium (Anderson, SC, USA)
Emporium (Anderson, SC, USA) McDowell's Emporium is an open shop brimming with
used, out-of-print, and select new hardback and paperback books.Our inventory
includes most major categories with large selections of Literature/Fiction,
Juvenile, Religion, Mysteries/Thrillers, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance,
Christian Fiction,Regional, and Cookbooks. We currently have 2000+ books in our
ever-growing online inventory with more than 35,000 in our open shop. We
package our books with profound care and ship daily during the week.


(Burbank, CA, USA) 
BOOKS is an online book store featuring thousands of
books, magazines and items of ephemera covering a wide variety of Oddball
topics with an emphasis on non-fiction. Being based in Burbank California
provides us with access to authors, actors, celebrities and others, both famous
and infamous. This allows us to offer hundreds of in person hand signed books
and autographed collectibles.


http://www.ravenroostbooks.com  We
are an online mail order shop for new, gently used, vintage and hard to find
books and ephemera in many subject areas including gardening and horticulture,
botany, the sciences and medicine, classic literature, first editions and
eclectic oddities in a variety of disciplines. We have been shipping books to
our worldwide customers since 1997. Member of IOBA.  Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ravenroostbooks and Twitter @ravenroost


Beagle Books (Bloomington, Indiana,
of out-of-print and rare books, specializing in scholarly non-fiction. Can't
find a book? Tell us your "wants" and let us do the searching. Member
of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).


Book Lady 
(Austin, TX, USA) 
Book Lady is a cyberspace store only. All books are in our possession, located
in the beautiful hill country of Austin,Texas. We carry Modern First Editons,
Early 20th Century Firsts, Children's Illustrated, Women's Studies, Texas
Authors and Texacana. We are here to help you with all your book needs.
Satisfaction guaranteed on all orders! You can also connect with us on
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Txbklady


The Book
(Las Cruces, NM, USA) 
in western americana, arts and crafts, and children's books with lots more to
offer. Fast, dependable service with satisfaction guaranteed. Book reviews and
giveaways on my blog:http://www.bkfaerie.blogspot.com/ Follow
my business page on Facebook to see new listings, reviews, and special sales:http://www.facebook.com/TheBookFaerie


Book Scene 
(Weymouth, MA, USA) 
http://www.thebookscene.com  Online
New England bookstore since 1999. Used and antiquarian books. We purchase large
libraries from collectors, so our stocked catalog topics are always changing.
Visit our blog at http://www.thebookscene.blogspot.com/


Unicorn Books 
(Dallas, TX, USA) 
Unicorn Books is an on-line only bookstore started in October 2001 by Joan and
DeWayne White. We started with the Science Fiction collection developed over 40
years and have continued adding to that collection from various places, adding
many other categories to satisfy our customers. We like to think of ourselves
as one of the types of used book stores we visited and corresponded with when
we were younger. Try us, I think you'll like us. Also visit us for some of our
references pages and links. White Unicorn Books is a proud member of the IOBA.


 Are you a member of the Chrislands Stores family? Want
to join us in providing reciprocal links? Join the Chrislands Forum at Chrislands
Book Stores Group
 and post a message to the group.





V. Good Causes-Recycle, Share and Donate

Operation Paperback




Recycle your paperbacks and provide reading for our troops. OP is a grassroots organization of family and friends who collect gently used paperback books and send them to our American military troops deployed around the world.