We’ve been seeing a lot of questions from customers about whether or not Biblio is open and running. The answer is a resounding “Yes!” for now, but we are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep updating this page to keep everyone informed of delays or announcements. The health and well-being of our colleagues, customers, staff, and communities is our top priority.
We are happy you are here with us. And we hope you are keeping safe and healthy.
- Biblio is open, and our booksellers are continuing to ship orders. The strength and resilience of independent booksellers have been well documented these past few years, and they are now certainly rising to meet the world’s current challenges. Most of our sellers are able to continue to accept and ship orders even while their physical locations are closed, ensuring that the millions of people isolated within their homes still get to enjoy the excitement of a new book or the comfort of a beloved classic. We all need a bit of escapism and independent booksellers are more than happy to provide it.
- There might be shipping delays, but we’ll keep you informed as best we can. Our sellers are taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their communities, so trips to the post office may be less frequent, resulting in possible shipping delays. If you have ordered a book from Biblio and are uncertain about the status of your order, please reach out and we will be happy to answer your questions. As always, you can reach us directly at [email protected], and you will hear from us within one to two business days.
- Biblio staff is working from home. We have prioritized keeping ourselves and our community safe, so we have transitioned to fully remote operation. We are all working out of our homes and many of us are getting used to furry coworkers or toddler interns offering interruptions during this strange new routine. Please forgive any slight delays in responses as we adjust to these new circumstances.
Here is what some of the Biblio staff are reading. What books have your attention right now?
Amy’s reading There, There by Tommy Orange. “There, There is a raw look at the lives of urban Native Americans, following twelve different people as they prepare Big Oakland Powwow, gathering for as many different reasons. The stories of the characters are compelling, diverse, and yet strike a knowing chord as deeply shared human experiences.”
Brendan is reading The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone. “It’s the story of David Fairchild, a botanist from Kansas who set out in the 1890s to explore the world of foods by steamship and is responsible for the introduction to the American farmers and palates goodies such as mangoes, kale, pomegranates, hops, peaches, and avocados.”
Allen is enjoying Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu. “Smart and engaging sci-fi on a par with Asimov and Stephenson.”
Amber’s sipping her way through The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart. “This book is easy to enjoy, from gardening tips and exploration of over 100 plants commonly used in cocktails and brewing to the cocktail recipes themselves.”
Frieda is reading The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Yang, a “staunchly capitalist and polemical take on the subject of Universal Basic Income (UBI), which proposes giving every person an unconditional small sum of money each month.”
Charlie has just started Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, described as “A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art – as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby.”
Ashleigh is reading The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz. “Fun, fast, horrifying, strange, and familiar. This is the first book I’ve encountered where time travel was a given fact of life, and that alone was fascinating, especially when it underscores that the oppressed always have to battle the oppressors, regardless of time or circumstance.”