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The wonderful world of book igloos
August 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

book igloo 1Whether as a solution to book stacking problems or as a last tribute to/new use for the great legacy of printed literature, book igloos are one of the most eye-catching and even useful of all monuments to the printed book. Here are some of the more eye-catching and inspiring examples from around the Web. Kala Louise Viñas posted the example above, clearly set up for educational purposes, and even with a window for light while reading inside. "Home" by installation artist Miler Lagos is one of the more iconic and widely shared examples, installed at New York's Magnan Metz Gallery in 2011....

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s
August 8, 2014 | 5:23 am

designdragon70s I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. As I explained in the last article, this history is split across four volumes, divided by decade. However, the decade only refers to the period in which the company was founded. The approach the book takes is to trace the history of each company from...

Morning Roundup: Author rejects award. Women who write horror and more
July 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

women who write horror[caption id="attachment_115803" align="alignright" width="211"] Author Mary Shelley[/caption] Author Rejects Award Due to Amazon Backing (GoodeReader) The ultimate in low class and poor breeding has occurred in the book world as an author turned down a major award due to its association with Amazon. UK-based children’s book author Allan Ahlberg declined the Booktrust Best Book Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award because the £5,000 prize money had been donated by Amazon. *** Horror and the Women Who Write It (Book Riot) I started to delve into the online world of horror writers and horror writing forums. In my attempts to join that community, I started to realize that...

Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?
July 7, 2014 | 2:28 pm

In the context of Joanna Cabot's recent post asking "Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?", it's worth picking up the editorial "Disinterested? Moi?" by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, about the primacy of the book. "It is the books that should do the talking, not the publisher," he declares. "Publishers may make books, but it is the books that maketh the business." Few actual authors would disagree with that. Jones follows with the creed he came into the job with: "my job was to support the book. We could be rude about publishers, booksellers,...

Morning Roundup: Do writers need a union? Reinventing the bookstore and more
July 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

books-262431_640How I Failed at my Book-Buying Ban (Book Riot) So in order to at least catch up a little bit on reading the books I already owned, I decided, at the beginning of 2013, that I wouldn’t buy books anymore... *** How J-Schools Are Tackling the Demand for Data Journalism Skills (Media Shift) Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people. *** Do Writers Need a Union? (Hugh Howey) On the website ThePassiveVoice, commenters bring up trade and labor disputes and organizations, and I think these and class warfare comments I’ve seen elsewhere are spot-on. *** The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore (The...

Rebirth of the bookplate?
July 3, 2014 | 6:25 pm

AeonPressHARThe bookplate or ex-libris, that personalized printed badge of ownership, is one of the most attractive hangovers from the great days of private libraries and book collections that sadly seems to be dying a slow death with the advent of mass publishing and ebooks - albeit enjoying an afterlife as highly prized collectibles. Paul Biba ran a short TeleRead article four years ago on the "Death of the bookplate." However, it now appears that news of its demise may have been exaggerated. A whole new realm of digital bookplates is arising, particularly in the context of academic and other libraries that...

The scent of books: Your Kindle will need a lot of incense
June 13, 2014 | 10:31 am

infographic on the scent of booksFor all the moaners who complain that ebooks will never approximate the smell of the real thing, here's some solid proof for you - and a setback for the makers of book perfume. Because, as the site Compound Interest explains in its infographic, the scent of books is a very complex and multi-layered thing ... The accompanying article is full of deep and detailed information on the chemistry of book smells. Dive in, and just speculate along the way on how hard the accessory designers who developed odorific peripherals for iPhones might have to go to do something similar for the...

NPR champions Taiwanese eco fantasy novel
June 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

eco fantasyWu Ming-yi's [easyazon-link asin="0099575620" locale="us"]The Man with the Compound Eyes[/easyazon-link], an eco fantasy is putting Taiwan on the international map in a novel way, with overseas editions appearing in London, New York and Paris. A recent NPR review by Jason Sheehan on the radio network's website gave the novel high marks and praised the author for his powerful imagery. Sheehan started off by telling reading: "It is so rare to find yourself at home in any book." Sheehan told me in an email after his review appeared that he has been freelancing for NPR for sometime now -- ''mostly sci fi (as I...

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 probably will be bigger. O Henry Prize winners and more
May 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone 6HarperCollins Buys Olive Tree Bible Study (GoodeReader) Olive Tree is a Christian company, best known for their Bible Study app for Android. *** Wondering Whether Printed Books Will Outlast Money or Football (Mike Shatzkin) When you’re trying to figure out what will happen in the book publishing business in the years to come, any prediction depends on how things work out that are beyond the control of the business, and sometimes well outside it. *** The iPhone 6 Will Probably be Bigger. Here's What That Could Mean (GigaOM) Assuming the leaks and mockups of the iPhone 6 have some basis of truth, it’s a safe bet well...

Morning Roundup: Tablets take more older people online. Book club dropout?
April 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletsTablets Take More Older People Online, British Research Shows (GigaOM) Older people are increasingly going online, in part thanks to tablets, according to the U.K. telecommunications regulator. *** Amazon Stops Selling Kindle DX (GoodeReader) Amazon has just discontinued their 9.7 inch e-reader, the Kindle DX. *** I'm a Book Club Dropout (Huffington Post) Of course, if reading really is antisocial, it's unsurprising that a social club centered on that activity would be difficult to sustain. *** Hello! Books are Digitally Different (Brave New World) Whatever the route taken the stupid thing would be to continue to merely pour the same content into a digital container. This logic is flawed as...

Publishers go off deep end, pay consultant to tell them what they want to hear
April 3, 2014 | 1:24 pm

Diogenes-statue-Sinop-enhancedSo, let me get this straight. Frank Luby, a consultant speaking at Digital Book World, says that e-books are more convenient than printed books, and therefore, they should cost more. Is this some kind of a joke? Apparently not; it was posted April 2, and people elsewhere seem to be taking it seriously. This is so wrong I hardly even know where to begin. It’s true that I can see how publishers would want to hear what this guy has to say. Basically, he’s telling them only what they already believe themselves. And it’s a belief they...

Have we forgotten the value of a book?
March 26, 2014 | 12:24 pm

value of a bookWhen we look at buying a book, it seems many are caught up in the price – thinking: ‘Can I get this cheaper online? How much is Amazon selling it? Why can’t I get this ebook free?’ The value of books has taken a dive over the last couple of years. We have become obsessed with trying to read as much as possible by spending the least amount of money. Yet, we don’t take into account the value of what we are getting out of a book. A good book offers about four hours of entertainment. A great book will present even...