IDEA Books, London

The Soho-based used books purveyor uses the power of social media to showcase a tightly edited collection of creative tomes

by Caroline Kinneberg What bookseller has the most popular account on Instagram? Random House, you might guess? It has almost 10k followers, compared to Barnes and Noble’s 18k. Maybe more visual brands, like Taschen (20k) or Assouline (23k)? But the most popular book specialist on Instagram could very well be IDEA Books, with (at the time of publication) 98,400 followers and growing every day. This …

Library Discovers Shakespeare First Folio

A Shakespeare First Folio was recently discovered at a small public library in St. Omer, France. With only 233 of them known to have survived, First Folios are among some of the rarest books in the world, and since each one is slightly different, their minute incongruities offer a valuable glimpse into the playwright’s mind. Keep an eye out for the newly discovered tome to …

NYC’s Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine

Nestled inside the French Embassy, the community space will host a celebratory festival with talks from filmmakers, mathematicians and more

For the past five years, New York City has—surprisingly, considering its international reputation and community—been lacking something: a French language bookstore. They had all shuttered, one by one, until the last, Librairie de France in Rockefeller Center, closed after 74 years in 2010 (it’s now transitioned to mail order). This has changed with Albertine, a new French bookstore open to the public in an unusual …