NOTE: You probably got here by clicking on our new B Badge in the right column on the main page of the blog. Thank you for your curiosity. We posted this article on the blog a bit ago but we wanted it to stick around, so it's here on its own page in case you missed it. If you want to subscribe to the magazine, instructions are at the bottom of this post.

It's written by people who know their stuff and it's dedicated to you -- the individual who wants to keep on learning about the things of the past that hold such fascination.

Perhaps best of all, it's free. The first issue is presented right here so you can flip through it right now. You can return to it any time you want to, and you can even download it, though it really works best on the issuu.com platform.

What's more, you can subscribe for free and get it delivered into your email inbox every time it comes out. That'll be four times a year.

So, what's in it? This first issue has a cover article with advice about building your collection. It's by Richard Oates, a retired educator who now has a business selling antiquarian books. He has been at it quite a few years and has picked up quite a bit of experience along the way. You get to benefit from his experience because he's willing to share some of what he's learned.

That's actually the case of everyone who has contributed to this first issue of the magazine. These are people who, like you, have an abiding interest in some aspect of old and collectible books, antique maps, prints, and all kinds of other printed material. They revel in it. For most, it's a hobby that turned into a business; an avocation that they have no intention of stopping. They're also people who are willing to share what they know with people who also have an abiding interest in these subjects. In short, they're generous -- with their knowledge and with their time.

You’ll find articles about collecting some unique genres. For instance, Black urban literature that came up in the mid-1960s, early Americana items produced as a growing nation began to figure out its new life, a perhaps obscure teen sleuth who’s much more realistic than Nancy Drew, fine art prints (often derived from old books). There’s even an article about what to do if you’ve been collecting for a long time ,or suddenly acquired an extensive collection, and need to get rid of it.

There’s also a fun piece by the authors of a new murder mystery novel set at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair (It’s fiction, of course.) Authors Charlene Ball and Libby Ware are also booksellers at the Florida show, so they know whereof they speak.

We sincerely hope you'll get something out of this endeavor -- that it will enrich your life just a little.

You’ll find this information in the magazine, but we’ll put it here, too. Write us at the magazine for any reason — if you like it, if you don’t, if you have an idea you’d like to share: bookloversparadisemagazine@gmail.com. To subscribe, put SUBSCRIBE in the subject field. We'll put you on the list.

We can’t wait to see what you have to say.

-- T. Allan Smith, Editor, Book Lovers' Paradise Magazine.

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