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Joachim Koch
Book buyer. Bookseller. Factotum Generalis. Believes in not attempting to be the smartest person in room and enjoys growing success.

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Safe from Heartbleed? At Books Tell You Why you are

By Joachim Koch. Apr 12, 2014. 3:49 PM.

and the winner is ... JAMES BOND!

By Joachim Koch. Oct 22, 2013. 2:00 PM.

Topics: Book Collecting, James Bond

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, given every fourth year to the most outstanding scholarly book about books and worth $10,000, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.


Improved Blog Communication

By Joachim Koch. Sep 20, 2013. 12:14 AM.

Topics: Book News

You might have seen it with our earlier blog posting today:cour blog format has changed! We'd like to hope it improved, though a couple of little bugs are still being worked out.

  1. Set your notification frequency - You now can determine how often and in which format you want to get our blog postings.  You can select those in the top right area of our blog, "Notification Frequency":


Oscar winner Peter Jackson to direct "The Hobbit" in two installments

By Joachim Koch. Oct 17, 2010. 5:11 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Movie Tie-Ins, J. R. R. Tolkien

Peter Jackson is set to direct J.R.R Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit' in a two-part 3D-production of extraordinary scope. The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.


Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.


Arrests made at Blair booksigning in Dublin

By Joachim Koch. Sep 4, 2010. 6:11 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, Biographies

Police made a "small number" of arrests in Dublin where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to sign copies of his autobiography Saturday, a spokesman for Ireland's national police service said.


Iconic cathedral slashes budget, staff; may pare its precious rare books collection

By Joachim Koch. Jun 12, 2010. 2:29 PM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting

WASHINGTON - Over the past two years, economic hard times have loomed as large at Washington National Cathedral as the Gothic spires that grace the city's skyline.  The Rev. John Runkle, conservator of Washington National Cathedral, leafs through a rare Dutch Bible. Runkle is being let go at the end of June, a casualty of the cathedral’s third round of staff cuts to help balance the budget.


Craft Shop Family Buys Up Ancient Bibles for Museum

By Joachim Koch. Jun 12, 2010. 4:36 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, History, Book News

At least one example of the printed word is in great demand even in the digital age: ancient Bibles.


Cambridge University Library to publish rare books on internet

By Joachim Koch. Jun 5, 2010. 12:36 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, History

Thousands of rare books and manuscripts at Camrbidge University Library – including handwritten notes by Sir Isaac Newton – are to be made available on line thanks to a £1.5m donation.


Collection of rare books to be taken into State care

By Joachim Koch. Jun 1, 2010. 1:00 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book News

A collection of rare books, described by experts as the most important of its kind in Ireland outside Dublin is being taken into State care by the Office of Public Works.


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