Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Vulpes Random: Ebooks – Where are the Gatekeepers and Does it Matter?

Back in May 2012, we had a fortnight devoted to ebooks. I thought I’d resurrect Rosy’s post on the gatekeepers  (or lack thereof) of ebooks… There have been few subjects … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Alt-pub on Vulpes Libris – a round-up.

It’s the end of our Alternative Publishing theme ‘thrortnight’ (coined by Bookfox Kate, you saw it here first), and what a fascinating and varied three weeks it has been. When … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

In conversation with: Catherine Pope

Dr Catherine Pope is the founder of Victorian Secrets, an independent publishing house dedicated to producing high-quality books from and about the nineteenth century. We asked her to speak to us … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

How to Spell Chanukah…And Other Holiday Dilemmas edited by Emily Franklin

When I saw this book in my library’s catalog, I thought the blurb said it was a group of funny essays about Hanukah and imagined something akin to varying flavors … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strange Italian worlds

Frisch & Co, a German publisher specialising in e-books in English translation, has an eye for quirky novelists writing in languages that anglophones rarely explore. I read two of their … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Round-Up Of Ebooks

I’ve used a totally unscientific approach in constructing this list of ebooks. I can’t say these are the best ebooks on the market, as quite obviously I haven’t read them … Continue reading

June 1, 2012 · 4 Comments

Publishing an Ebook – quick tips and pointers

Part of Ebooks Fortnight on Vulpes Libris. Like many writers at the moment, I launched myself into ebooks due to the apparent contraction of the publishing industry in the face … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

Snake Beach, by Lisa Glass

Ebooks Fortnight on Vulpes Libris. Interview with Lisa Glass by former Book Fox, Emily Gale. I met Lisa Glass on a forum for aspiring and published writers several years ago. … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 8 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris …

EBOOK FORTNIGHT:  WEEK TWO Judging by the visitors’ statistics, everyone’s enjoying eBook Fortnight almost as much as we are (we’re all sad little billy-no-mates – what’s YOUR excuse?) and telling … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why I Hate eBooks by Daniel Roush

A Facebook friend’s status got me thinking about eBooks the other day. At first I was generally annoyed because my creativity has apparently degraded to the point where I have … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · 13 Comments

The Pros & Cons of eBooks/eReaders

As with any technological advancement, ebooks and their ereaders have their friends and foes. For those who like ereaders, they are cool, modern and trendy, with the added implication of … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · 20 Comments

The Only Way is eBooks?

Love them or hate them, ebooks and ereaders are here to stay, having arrived in our lives with dizzying speed.  The journey from cumbersome curiosity owned by a few to … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 7 Comments

Tales of an African Vet by Dr. Roy Aronson

As someone who loves animals, I admire veterinarians. They are hands-on about making animal lives better, something made challenging by the difficulty of clear communication. Wildlife vets have even more … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 3 Comments



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