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Book Patrol: A Haven for Book Culture

Book Patrol is a place where you can share in Michael Lieberman's passion for the printed word, the history of the book as an object and as a cultural artifact.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Amazon opens a bookstore while Indiebound adds a ‘Buy Now’ button

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:02:47 +0000

Photo: Sam Machkovech Here comes the next tremor in the book universe., the world’s largest online bookseller, has opened it’s first physical bookshop! Amazon Books has opened in Seattle’s University District just a few miles from Amazon headquarters. It’s 5,000 square feet with a majority of the space dedicated to the almighty book. By combining […]

A Halloween Quiz for the Book Set

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:15:52 +0000

quiz courtesy of Grammarly

Short stories for the masses! French city introduces short story vending machine

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:31:55 +0000

The French city of Grenoble has recently unleashed eight short story dispensers across the city to help people with a little time on their hands stay away from their smartphone and have a little print experience. The dispensers are the brainchild of the the publisher Short Édition and the mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle and offer […]

For the love of the library

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:42:54 +0000

Jason LaMotte was very fond of his neighborhood  library in Houston, Texas.  As LaMotte tells the Guardian: I have strong recollections of my neighborhood library in Houston, Texas in the US. I can recall the layout, where certain sections of books were, the smells, and the sounds. And it still carries a magical feeling for me, […]

The Science Cafe & Library by Anna Wigandt

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:11:00 +0000

Here’s a great way  to attract people to the wonders of science – build a beautiful cafe and library designed to foster the study and exploration of the sciences. Unfortunately, the odds are most of us will never get a chance to experience this amazing interior designed by Anna Wigandt. You see, the Science Cafe & […]

The latest from Google: An interactive art installation that turns your words into poetry

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:45:49 +0000

Talk about enhancing a construction project. Google has unveiled Poetrics, an interactive art installation at the future site of their new offices in the Kings Cross neighborhood of London. Poetrics is the result of  a competition run in partnership with University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins to create an “interactive experience for the Kings Cross community”. The […]

Tea Time! New Kickstarter campaign blends classic lit with quality tea

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:45:49 +0000

Under the moniker NovelTea Tins John Pujol and Matt Kraemer have launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a line of organic teas emanating from classic literature. NovelTea Tins has partnered with world class tea aficionados to pair the classics with award winning, organic teas. They also have enlisted the services of Iuliia Glushchuk and Dietrich Kleffel […]

An interactive map of Ireland’s literary landscape

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:52:47 +0000

The digital marketing folks at the Killarney Hotels Group in Ireland have put together this visual.  It’s an interactive StoryMap called  ‘A Literary Landscape of Ireland’ and features Ireland’s most prolific writers and poets and the places that featured prominently in their lives. I didn’t know that JRR Tolkien spent time in Ireland while writing […]

Business Cards for the Book Set

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:15:50 +0000

If you work somewhere within the book universe and have been thinking about updating your business card you might want to have a look at this recent post at Flavorwire highlighting some pretty nifty examples. Here’s a taste:   Business card for Kristin Partlo, a librarian at Carleton College’s Gould Library Miniature book-shaped cards for the […]

Jack London was an oyster pirate: Weird jobs authors held before they were famous (infographic)

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:42:22 +0000

Infographic courtesy of Unplag

Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:33:24 +0000

The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers. It is the earliest […]

Bookish gems from the inaugural Seattle Art Fair

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 03:34:22 +0000

The first ever Seattle Art Fair is in the books and by most accounts it’s another feather in the cap for the Emerald City. The tech boom with its inherent money showers combined with our proximity to Asia make for an enticing mix and when Paul Allen throws his hat in the ring usually something good happens. […]

The Public Collection: A new public art and literacy project

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:02:33 +0000

This August eight unique artist created libraries will grace the streets of Indianapolis. Under the moniker of The Public Collection these amazing micro libraries will be spread over the city and offer free books courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library. The Public Collection is a blend of art and literacy.  The goal is to “increase access to books […]

A university in the UK unveils what just might be the oldest known fragments of the Qur’an

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:42:47 +0000

Last November we reported that a German University had discovered what was then one of the earliest known copies of the Qur’an. The folks at the Coranica Project, part of the University of Tübingen, had placed a manuscript of the Qu’ran to between 649-675 AD. Now researchers at the University of Birmingham have unearthed a copy that according to radiocarbon testing was […]

New York University’s Tamiment Library Acquires The Nation Archives

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:51:16 +0000

“To read The Nation is to see the evolution of the American Left.” –  Timothy Naftali, director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives   Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine. It was where the likes of James Baldwin, Ralph Nader and Hunter S. Thompson published their […]