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Bikinis Meet Books: Together at Last

I know it’s silly, but I can’t help really enjoying Matchbook.nu, which exists solely to match swimwear to book covers, as far as I can tell. Some of them are very clever and spot on (though with plenty of one-pieces and trunks, “bikinis” is not strictly accurate). A couple of my favorites: You can see […]

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21 Faces of Brave New World – Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley

Best remembered for his novel Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley wrote ten other novels and nearly that many collections of short stories. Today would be his 118th birthday. The circumstances of his death are interesting – not only did he request (and receive) a hefty intravenous dose of LSD on his deathbed, but also […]

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Coaster Set of Classic Book Covers

One of my colleagues called me over to show off his new coasters. Made by outofprintclothing.com, it’s a set of 8 water-resistant, gorgeous coasters of classic book covers. The set includes Catch-22, Invisible Man, On the Road, Lolita, Brave New World, Pride & Prejudice, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. I’m not sure […]

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I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail

Have you ever heard of a trick poem? What about this one, from the 17th century, called I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail? Depending on the way the poem is read, with what line breaks, it takes on two very different meanings for the reader. This edition, breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning, central Indian […]

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Reading and Book Love Posters by Lance Hidy

Lance Hidy is a well-known American artist and designer of posters, books, postage stamps and more. I love the simplicity of line and curve and color in these reading posters. Learn more about Hidy and see more of his art in Lance Hidy’s Posters: Designs, Personal & Public.

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Seven Beautiful Faces of Fahrenheit 451

Slate put up a slideshow of some of the beautiful covers Fahrenheit 451 has seen over the years. Here are seven of my favorites for sale on the site. Strangely, I think I like the paperbacks best. That seems to be the way with science fiction, for me. Which is your favorite?

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Top 10 Art Books – the Best Books of Art

For you budding artists, art majors, people interested in painting books or biographies of artists, or just collectors looking for something new and interesting – Michael Bracewell of The Guardian made a list of his top 10 indispensable visual art books. 1. The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe As contrary as it is hilarious, Wolfe’s […]

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26 Modern Minimalist Book Covers

Sometimes less is more. The minimalist art movement originated in 1960s New York City. It tended toward simplicity and focus, rather than ornate background or decoration. Many book designers have utilized these principles, eschewing the busy and elaborate in favor of the bare essentials. Enjoy this selection of books whose eye-catching design proves that a […]

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Unusual to Unique:Custom Bindings

Bookbinding’s history is rooted in craftsmanship and devotion to the written word. While hand-binding is less common now, there is happily a creative minority dedicated to its preservation. These skilled artisans create custom bindings for clients, for exhibition and for pleasure. Sometimes more than one copy is produced, but no two will ever be identical. […]

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“The Crow’s Vow” by Susan Briscoe – Beautiful Cover, Beautiful Poetry

Remember our March Madness Battle of the Beautiful Books? Well, we have an interview with the poet whose book “The Crow’s Vow” won the whole enchilada. Read on to learn more about the lovely and bird-crazy Susan Briscoe. And I came across another book today which reminded me that two designs, while very similar when […]

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