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Mr. Openshaw, Librarian of the Night Bookmobile

Mr. Openshaw, Librarian of the Night Bookmobile

Why buy the whole book when you can get the chapters (one at a time) for free?

Charles Dickens published novels in serial form, or chapter by chapter, in newspapers and magazines. The idea continues today as newspapers serialize longer works. Fans can read the book chapter by chapter  in the newspaper, on the web, through an RSS feed, or even by email.

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Known for her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffenegger is also an accomplished artist and bookmaker. She writes and draws this graphic novel about a very odd traveling library, available serialized online.

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold tells the interconnected stories of people (and the dogs) who live in an apartment building in London. The author, Alexander McCall Smith, is also the author of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Local, The Bandstand, and The Hens are all serial novels in progress by Roddy Doyle (author of The Barrytown Trilogy, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.) Doyle writes about the pressures of globalization and immigration on the people of modern Ireland. His work is serialized in Metro Eireann, an Irish online newspaper.

Prefer print? We have books by both Audrey Niffenegger and Alexander McCall Smith in both the Midlothian and Chester collections. Check for availability on our online catalog.

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