Watch This!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The Unemployed Philosphers Guild has mastered the art of nerdy, clever, bookish, and just plain smart.  Nowhere is that more apparent than in their line of highly intelligent wristwatches.  The full line is now available right here at Brilliant Books!  From the thoughts of Sigmund Freud to the travels of the U.S.S. Enterprise, you'll want to take the time to check them all out!

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The Best Year Yet for Dungeons & Dragons

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Nerds rejoice!  According to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, 2018 has been the best year to date for the classic roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons.

First released in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons (or D&D), has waxed and waned in popularity over the years.  Once the exclusive domain of the "nerdy" crowd, today it's cool to be a tabletop gamer.  D&D is popular even among high-profile celebrities, with YouTube channels filled with live games being streamed by viewers worldwide. 

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Too Many Books?

  Friday, August 3rd, 2018

We know there's no such thing as too many books...but sometimes there is such a thing as too many in one place.  The bookshelves are groaning, the tables are covered, and putting away your latest haul of fantastic reads is starting to feel like a game of Tetris.  It's not a problem, per se, but it might be occasionally problematic.  So what do you do when books start taking over your space?  We asked our booksellers for their expert opinions.

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The 2018 Dagger Award Shortlist Announced!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Dagger Awards, administered by the UK's Crime Writers' Association, are presented annually to some of the best writers of crime fiction and nonfiction.  There are ten separate awards, ranging from the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement to the Dagger in the Library, for a body of work favored by library patrons.  Check out these highlights from this year's shortlisted nominees!

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More Engaging Than Films?

Friday, July 27th, 2018

A study from University College London has found that when it comes to literary adaptations, audiobooks might have film beaten.

The scientists behind the study asked participants to watch film adaptations of particular scenes, including Mr. Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, listen to the same scenes from an audiobook performance, and then rate which version they felt was more engaging.  Regardless of which story they'd seen and heard, participants across all age ranges said they thought that the video version had been more engaging.

But the data tell a different story.

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