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Documents Delivered’s Holiday Schedule

Posted on November 20, 2017 in Documents Delivered  |  0 Comments

The holiday season is undeniably upon us. The smell of Thanksgiving is in the air (or maybe it’s those cinnamon pine cones), pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere, and relatives are making travel plans. The last thing you want to be thinking about is whether or not your favorite document delivery company is open. So let us make it easy for you, with a reminder about our holiday schedule.

We will be CLOSED on November 23rd and 24th, December 25th, and January 1st.

Additionally, we observe the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day

If you need to submit an order while we are closed, you can access the online order form 24/7/365.

Passable Placeholders

Posted on November 17, 2017 in General  |  0 Comments

‘Tis the season for marathon reading sessions in your favorite cozy nook. When you need a bookmark, sometimes anything will do. Whatever is within reach is usually the winner. It gets interesting when you forget to remove the makeshift bookmark from your book before returning it to the library or donating it to the thrift shop. Say good-bye to those flowers you were pressing, that old photo of Grandma dancing at her wedding, or your favorite pair of scissors. Yes, scissors. Here we have compiled random, interesting, and downright frightening true accounts of items found in books.

There are the expected things, which are flat and easy to shove between pages:

Money in all amounts, including Monopoly money
Recipes
Receipts
Photos
Marriage certificates
Organic material, plants, flowers, leaves, etc

Then there are the semi-flat items that might not be your first choice but will get the job done:

Doll accessories
Small records
Oil claims
Deeds & other official paperwork
Keys
Feathers

And then there are the outright outrageous items that make you wonder:

Tiny heroin bag + $600 in cash
Strip of Bacon
Scissors
Used Q-tips
A bullet
Baby’s tooth
Tampons
Condoms

Some highlights of found items, in the finders’ own words (anonymous):

“I once found an entire Cadbury Creme Egg, flattened between the pages of a book I was reading in the Sacramento State University Library… It was delicious.”

“My compulsion for books often draws me to thrift stores, where I find all sorts of things in used books… My two favorites were a tintype of two dandily dressed twenty-ish men in a rather friendly pose in an Oscar Wilde hardback and a faded and yellowed scrap repeating the phrase “you are cordially invited” where someone was practicing their copper-plate handwriting in a book on calligraphy from the 1920’s.”

“The worst was the rusty razor blade someone stuck into the textblock of a high shelved serial here on campus, so if you reached up to grab the book off the shelf, you’d get the tetanus.”

“I happened upon someone’s gently used diary at a fleamarket book sale. The first five pages were all that had entries, but wow—what a story they told. As soon as I got home with my spoils, I realized what I had found, though at the time I thought I was buying a blank journal. So I waited until the evening when I could curl up with the journal, sip a glass of wine, and relive this person’s week. I read those pages over and over. I cried vicarious tears as she recounted her depression, fleeting love, and the passing of a beloved pet.”

Second hand bookstores have started displaying their treasures, a most interesting trend. At least one book on the subject exists; Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages is Michael Popek’s personal scrapbook of all oddities found within his family’s used bookstore inventory.

For more resources on what others have found in books, see here and here. Or if you really just like traditional bookmarks, these “bookmarks of the week” are right up your alley.

The moral of the story: be careful what you leave in your papery pals before they leave your possession. Or don’t; some students talked online about how they intentionally wrote an old-timey love letter, dated it for decades ago, and then shoved it in an even older book to age and fool the next reader. Ah, the world of forgotten ephemera is fascinating! If you have any personal experiences to share, we’d love to hear them.

Invoice Inquiry

Posted on November 15, 2017 in Documents Delivered  |  0 Comments

We get this question repeatedly, so it’s worth re-addressing: “Where is my invoice?”

When you receive your delivery email, there will almost always be a big green button near the middle of the email that says, “Download Invoice.” Click the button and voila– the invoice automatically downloads.

Now, there are circumstances where you will not receive an invoice immediately. If your order is large and/or an ASAP order, we may hold off until all items have been delivered in order to send you a cumulative invoice; in these cases, we note this when we first start sending your delivery emails. So, keep that in mind, and as soon as you see the “Download Invoice” button pop up with your last delivery installment, your invoice is ready.

(It’s the big green button in the screenshot above)

We pride ourselves on being able to track down some of your hardest, unverified, random, and/or incomplete citations. With that said, sometimes we fill these tough requests, but we’re not entirely sure what we sent you is what you need. We send you the item, and then you confirm that it’s what you need (or not). Once we get the green light from you, we’ll send you the invoice.

Another point of pride for our company is our willingness to customize our service to fit your needs. Invoicing is no exception. Give us a call (855-809-1227) to discuss your specialized billing needs, and we can make it happen.

More Literary Centenarians

Posted on November 13, 2017 in General  |  0 Comments

At the beginning of the year we blogged about some books that were celebrating their 100th birthday, books that were published in 1917. How society and culture can change in 100 years, or even since the beginning of this current year! So, as another annual wrap up ensues, let’s take a look at a few more literary centenarians. If you didn’t catch our previous blog about literary newborns, go check it out. Sometimes newer books are your style, but sometimes the mood calls for a classic. Between these two lists, you should be tided over for the coming cocoon months made just for binge reading. Find more oldies but goodies here.

Man With Two Left Feet by P.G. Wodehouse.
Wodehouse made our previous list with his Piccadilly Jim, too. He was quite the prolific humor writer. “He is far from being a mere jokesmith: he is an authentic craftsman, a wit and humorist of the first water, the inventor of a prose style which is a kind of comic poetry,” says Richard Voorhees, Wodehouse’s biographer. This publication is a collection of Wodehouse’s short stories about relationships, sports, pets, etc—something for everyone.

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Despite the recent controversy surrounding Fisher, her tales have delighted and educated generations of youngsters. In this work, “Elizabeth Ann, also called Betsy, is a sheltered nine-year-old girl who discovers self-confidence when she moves to her Putney Cousin’s Farm.”

The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11) by L. Frank Baum.
This book “is the eleventh canonical Oz book… it begins with the disappearance of Princess Ozma, the ruler of Oz and covers Dorothy and the Wizard’s efforts to find her. The introduction to the book states that its inspiration was a letter a little girl had written to Baum: ‘I suppose if Ozma ever got hurt or losted, everybody would be sorry.’” The book was dedicated to the author’s granddaughter, Ozma Baum. Read more about the Oz series, and even download audio, here.

The Lady of the Basement Flat by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey.
“A naive young girl strikes out on her own and ends up leading a double life in this engaging tale of love lost and found.”  The first few opening lines of the book are definitely hooks: “At three o’clock this afternoon Evelyn Wastneys died. I am Evelyn Wastneys, and I died, standing at the door of an old country home in Ireland, with my hands full of ridiculous little silver shoes and horseshoes, and a Paris hat on my head, and a trembling treble voice whispering in my ear…” Listen to some excerpts here.

South Wind by Norman Douglas.
This book sounds like a comical yet cynical relief from the trying times that define this era. “South Wind depicts a group of eccentric and even scandalous characters wiling away their time in a sunny Mediterranean resort. The novel takes place on Nepenthe, Douglas’s thinly veiled version of Capri, an island retreat for pleasure-seekers since Roman times. In classical mythology, ‘nepenthe’ was a medicine that caused one to forget melancholy and suffering; Douglas’ comical duchesses, American millionaires, and expatriate freethinkers forget not only suffering, but conventional morality and even ordinary discretion.”

Best Reads of 2017

Posted on November 10, 2017 in General  |  0 Comments

As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at all the best loved books published in 2017, according to Goodreads.com. How many of these did you read, and what did you think?

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Average rating of 4.61.
This Young Adult novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, is coming to the big screen soon, in addition to being one of the highest rated books of the year. The story revolves around a 16-year old girl from a low-income neighborhood, who witnesses her unarmed friend get shot to death by a police officer.

Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson. Average rating of 4.61.
Technically, this book’s release date is November 14, so how does it already have some of the highest ratings? New chapters went live every Tuesday since August, that’s how. They must have been THAT good. Oathbringer is an epic fantasy novel, the third book in The Stormlight Archive series.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminst Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Average rating of 4.56.
“A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response… It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.”

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo. Average rating of 4.55.
“Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.”

A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas. Average rating of 4.53.
“Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. In this thrilling third book in the bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.”

Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark T. Sullivan. Average rating of 4.44.
“Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.” The story is set in the Nazi Germany era and chronicles the emotional situations Pino Lella grappled with during World War II.

Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas. Average rating of 4.42.
Sarah J. Maas is one prolific author. This is her second book on this list, the sixth installment in the Throne of Glass series. If you enjoy fantasy, Maas is a good bet for satisfaction.

We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter. Average rating of 4.41.
“An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive and to reunite… We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can find a way to survive, and even triumph.”

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green. Average rating of 4.29.
After Green’s wild success with The Fault in Our Stars, he is back with another winning novel. “Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.”

So get on these hot releases from 2017 before the next batches come in 2018! Remember, it’s almost winter—the perfect time for reading!

News Worth Reading

Posted on November 8, 2017 in Documents Delivered, General  |  0 Comments

Tired of bland corporate eNewsletters that are just trying to sell you something? Then sign up for the Documents Delivered eNewsletter! Our monthly Digital Download is filled with interesting original content, fun facts, unique stories, historical tidbits….and a touch of document delivery. Some past stories explore the history of everyday idioms, the posh world of luxury publishers, The Pack Horse Library Project, updates from the Little Free Library community movement, the intersection of literature and food/tea, our newest library accesses, and service-specific pro-tips. You’ll laugh, you might cry, but you won’t regret seeing these emails pop into your Inbox.

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What to Remember in November

Posted on November 6, 2017 in General  |  0 Comments

November is a big month. The turning of the season, the transition from scary Halloween to the heart-warming holidays Thanksgiving and Christmas, the adjusting to shorter day, and plenty more. So here is our yearly recap of what to keep in mind this month, for your personal enjoyment and enrichment.

NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Can you write a novel (50,000 words) in a month? There’s a whole society in the same literary boat. You won’t know if you’ll sink or float unless you sail out on the NaNoWriMo Seas. Check it out!

On a related note, National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). If you’re not up for 50,000 words, maybe the blog-a-day challenge is for you.

No Shave November (aka Novembeard and Noshavember). This one’s pretty straightforward. No shaving for the month of November. The originator of the event intended it to raise money for charity, but I suspect men (and women!) are using the month as an excuse to let the hair go wild. Why not? Beards, man buns, and facial hair are all the rage right now.

International Philosophy Day (the third Thursday of November). As you’re growing out your body/facial hair for No Shave November, contemplate the philosophy of why you shave at all. Aesthetics, cultural norms, personal preferences? Let your mind wander to deeper subjects. Nothing is taboo. UNESCO introduced the day 13 years ago to honor reflection and sharing, intellectual expansion and debate, and contemplation of societal challenges. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: world peace. OK, maybe not world peace, but if you can find at least some inner peace today, then you’re on the right track.

Transgender/LGBT Awareness Month. Continuing the philosophical theme, take a moment of observance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and civil rights. We’ve come a long way towards equality recently, though historically speaking, the LGBT community is nothing new. Indeed, in some cultures it is revered and has been for centuries.

Thanksgiving. Share your gratitude for all the blessings in your life. Should you feel like diving into the roots of this holiday—and our evolved departure from the first ever celebration—visit this website.

The day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday (aka Shop Till You Drop Day) OR Buy Nothing Day. Some take advantage of the sales, and some steer clear of the crowds and chaos. If you’re not still in a turkey coma, pick one or the other. Or do your own thing; lounge around on the sofa eating leftovers and watching Christmas shows that seem just a tad premature.

Veteran’s Day (11th). Perhaps the most important thing to be grateful for this month: the priceless contributions of our armed forces members. Some pay the ultimate price for the country they proudly call Home. Honor our veterans—past, present, and long gone.

What is your favorite part of November?

Falling Back to Cozier Times

Posted on November 3, 2017 in General  |  0 Comments

Daylight Saving Time is pretty great. In the Spring, we set our clocks ahead one hour so as to maximize the hours of sunlight in the evening. Then in the Fall we set it back so there are more light hours in the mornings. It’s a win-win situation, since some people love mornings and some people prefer doing things in the evenings. As we enter the darker seasons and the days shorten, the good news is that we have more time for snuggling up with a book on the front porch while sipping hot chocolate on these nippy nights.

So don’t forget: On Sunday, November 5th, at 2:00 a.m., move your clocks back one hour.

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