Sure, you can watch movies and listen to music and play games on a Kindle, but can you feel the difference between matte and glossy surfaces, or rough-torn and clean-cut pages? It might seem minuscule, even petty, but sometimes these tangible details make all the difference. Let the NY Art Book Fair make a tactile-phile out of you. The eighth annual gathering is the world’s largest convention for purveyors of art books, catalogs, monographs, and zines. It hosts hundreds of exhibitors from 29 countries, with a substantial swath of city locals. Ideal for an inspirational browse, it’s also prime hunting ground for the perfect coffee table book or one-of-a-kind tote. This year, underground dance duo MASKS perform a live set outside on the steps to kick off opening night.

Thu., Sept. 19, 6 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 20, noon; Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.; Sun., Sept. 22, 11 a.m., 2013