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He loved it, so he ate it

A little boy receives a card from Maurice Sendak, loves it so much that he eats the card.

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The irrelevance of books

Nic Boshart, the digital services coordinator at the Association of Canadian Publishers, recently posted a very thought-provoking and urgent call for book publishers to be more open at The Literary Platform. [via Joe Clark] The closing of This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (one of then best independent bookstore in Canada, Toronto landmark, and Abebooks seller) got […]

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Secret NY writers’ den exposed

In a building that once housed the main branch of the New York Public Library, there’s a highly exclusive and hidden room meant just for writers. It’s the Allen Room, and only 40 to 50 people have a key. It’s an elite group, too; writers need to provide a photocopy of a book contract to […]

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A $400 colouring book

From a list of colouring books for grownups, I just found a lovely post on recto|verso about a colouring book from the 1860s: Nouveau Cours Élémentaire de Coloris et d’Aquarelle: Suivi de Considérations sur la Peinture Orientale. Made to teach basic colouring skills, each image has a coloured example and a black-and-white worksheet for students. […]

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Bad Covers: a problem with science fiction

Pulp science fiction paperbacks were a base staple of my young life. But after growing up and becoming a design nerd, those paperbacks are a little… embarrassing. For every well-designed book cover (like David Pelham’s cover of Clockwork Orange), there’s three terrible illustrations of floating orange skycars and lizard-faced aliens. They can be so bad […]

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The Betamax of Printing

Peter Harrington Books of London just started up a blog about interesting items at their book shop (found due to the Fresh Signals news feed at Coudal.com). Today they shared a very rare find: a leaf from the block book Ars Moriendi, The Art of Dying. What they and I find interesting is the method […]

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Book bikes

For two years Gabriel Levinson has been pedaling a custom tricycle around Chicago, giving away free books to anyone. This summer, he’s filling his bike with works from independent publishers: high-end literary works, handmade zines, and all sorts of books between. Last month Levinson held a fund drive to raise $1,000 to cover the cost […]

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Get hooked on these books

Books in cigarette packs – who would of thought? The idea comes from Tank Magazine who says, “Tank Books pay homage to this monumentally successful piece of packaging design by employing it in the service of great literature…Tank Books are for people on the move, lovers of literature and connoisseurs of design. Try one and […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Kids Books

A list of kid’s books from Gwyneth Paltrow

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Ten of the Best Children’s Fiction Heroes

See ten of the best heroes from children’s fiction according to The Guardian.

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