Archaeobooks Blowout 27 October


My part-time employer, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, has been publishing books for over two centuries and rents a huge storage space for books in central Stockholm. Most of the stock isn’t moving very fast. In fact, a lot of it hasn’t moved at all since Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.

Storage is expensive. The Academy now feels that a lot of the funds devoted to storing these old books would be better used in, for instance, scanning the books and putting them on-line for free.

On Saturday 27 October, the Academy’s book store is opened to the public, and most of the books will be sold for 50 kronor (c. $8). A bag. Yes: fill a bag with books, pay 50 kronor, walk out into autumnal Stockholm a richer and happier person.

Most of the books on sale are scholarly ones published from 1920–2002, mainly on archaeology, numismatics, history, Medieval art and architecture, building restoration, churches, runology, heritage management, philology, lit-crit and theology. Also excavation reports and a few children’s titles.

No pre-orders accepted. Be at Lagerhotellet, Rosenlundsgatan 34 A, Södermalm, Stockholm, from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 27 October!

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  1. #1 Hans Persson
    October 15, 2007

    Sounds interesting, although a bit far away for me to drop by.

    Perhaps you would consider donating some choise items to Projekt Runeberg for scanning?

  2. #2 Mary
    October 15, 2007

    Do you have any idea how bad you hurt me, telling us about this when I can’t be there to haul off a 100 pounds of books?

  3. #3 Martin R
    October 15, 2007

    Thanks Hans, I’m sort of in charge of on-line publishing, so I’ll definitely have to look into that.

    Mary, dry your eyes, most of the books are in Swedish!

  4. #4 Denis Vlasov
    October 15, 2007

    my goodness!!

    Martin, please keep us informed on how online publishing goes!

  5. #5 ivy privy
    October 16, 2007
  6. #6 Magnus Reuterdahl
    October 16, 2007

    Here is the list of the books that will be on sale (most are in swedish, lots and lots of archaeo candy

    See you among the books come the 27th

  7. #7 Mathias
    October 17, 2007

    Damn, I envy you!
    I wonder whether this is worth flying in from Germany? And learning Swedish of course…
    I think it might be.

  8. #8 Mary
    October 17, 2007

    Books in Swedenish would make them even more enticing. Bet there is so real cool swords and boats and houses and stuff in the drawings. And it’s really not that much different from English, relative some some of those languages out there. Think of it, 10 million, +/-, folks having thier own language. Id be like efn Missippi n Arkinsaw decides to git der own langige.

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