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Abebooks.com: One of the last great online used book databases.

American Newspaper Repository: Created by novelist Nicholson Baker, the ANR's chief purpose is "to keep safe for future scholarship a collection of about 7,000 bound volumes of original American newspapers." Through Baker's research into the microfilming habits of some of the world's largest libraries, he discovered the British Library's intent to sell off one of the last remaining print collections of these wonderful and historic American newspapers. Baker liquidated his retirement savings and purchased the collection himself. In the summer of 2000, he published an article on the subject in the New Yorker (July 24, 2000, Vol. 76 Issue 19, p.42 ). Baker's book on this and other library issues titled Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper was released in 2001. (Note: Nicholson Baker is the well-known author of Vox, a novel about phone sex that was made even more famous when it was discovered Monica Lewinsky gave a copy to President Clinton.)

Paper, Leather, Clay & Stone: The Written Word Materialized: Online exhibition presenting the "Visual and tactile aspects of the written word. Learn about the history of writing and see examples of writing materials such as clay tablets, papyrus, vellum and paper. Created and hosted by Cornell University Library's Rare & Manuscript Collections.

Gutenberg Bible: Complete scanned editions of the King's Library copy (paper) and the Grenville copy (vellum). Maintained by the British Library.

Oak Knoll: Both a Press and Rare Book Dealer, Oak Knoll specializes in quality books about books and books dealing with bibliography.

SHARP Web: The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.

The Bibliographical Society of America.

American Printing History Association: Organization established "to encourage the study of printing history and its related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing."

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920: Presents over 9,000 images related to the early history of advertising in the United States. "The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture."

Atlas of Early Printing: An open-access production of the University of Iowa Libraries. Offers a graphic depiction of the spread of printing up to the year 1500.

The Classic Typewriter Page: A website devoted to early writing machines.

Hoefler & Frere-Jones Typography Website

Studies in Bibliography

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