7,000 Books Stolen = Two+ Years In Jail: Critical Linking, September 23, 2019

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“A bookworm who stole titles from the University of Edinburgh and other institutions raked in £40,000 from flogging them online – but was jailed on Wednesday.

Darren Barr, 28, who also used the name Alexander Van De Kamp, was sentenced to more than two years after the ‘brazen’ thefts.

Barr stole thousands of books from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot Watt University.

In less than a year, between October 2017 and August 2018, he took around 7,000 books and resold them online.

The lucrative thefts netted him about £40,000 – and 1,300 books have so far been recovered from across Britain.”

Um, a bookworm he is not. Bookworms are busy reading, scrolling through bookstagram, and talking about books. Not STEALING 7,000 books to sell!


“In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out these new books by Daniel José Older, Valeria Luiselli, Shea Serrano, and more!”

This is an excellent list of new books by Latinx authors!


“He learned that there’s a type of special district that’s actually really common in Colorado. They’re for libraries. And what are libraries, he says, if not nonpartisan, nonprofit sources of trusted information chock full of some of the nation’s best information ninjas?

‘Librarians are badasses. You do not mess with the librarian,’ he says. Try to ban a book, says Converse, and you’ll run into serious trouble.”

Agree. Also, a really good read on funding local journalism.