Excuse me if I immodestly point out that you can now buy the Grumpy Old Bookman in book form: to be precise, in trade paperback format, available from most good bookshops and to be had from Amazon for a mere £9.09 and possibly free delivery if you buy something else as well.
Now, let's face it, I do not expect many readers of this blog to rush over to Amazon and buy a copy. The book consists of 130 posts from the first seven months of the GOB (March to September 2004), and so there is nothing in it that you cannot read for free by clicking over to the archives, in the column on your right. However, you may care to bear the existence of this book in mind when next you need a present for a bookish friend. He or she can always put it in the guest room; or the bathroom; which, come to think of it, is probably the best place for it; alongside Seneca's Letters from a Stoic, which also consists of bathroom-length essays. Though Seneca is, of course, a rather superior writer.