Friday, March 30, 2012

Interview: George R.R. Martin

The #1 New York Times bestselling author discusses his epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire and its adaptation to the small screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Video: Birth of a Book

A short vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Merchandise: Fully Booked

Fully Booked by Jack Maxwell
Available at FieldCandy for US$790.37
Are you a big fan of books? We mean, are you a really big fan of books. Because this is, well, it’s an enormous book. It looks like a giant has dropped his favourite best seller. Plus, it also lets you meet up with other book fans on the campsite. You can even hold book groups in your tent and discuss whether Twilight is better than Harry Potter.

FYI: Things we Owe to Shakespeare

Becky, a 20-year-old English Lit geek living in London, scribbled out this list in a Moleskine notebook at 3 am a couple nights ago. She posted it on her Tumblr page, and within 24 hours, more than 11,000 people had saved it in their favorites file.

She was astonished. “I still don’t know how something I scribbled in a hurry at 3am got so many notes in the space of a day? Shakespeare is clearly too awesome,” Becky said in an update on the post today. “I spelt “bated” wrong, awk … Someone said this looks like a serial killer’s notebook, which made me laugh a lot. They’re not wrong, I’ve been a sleep deprived zombie lately.”

She certainly is a girl on a mission.

On her birthday on August 30th, she set a challenge for herself: Read a book every week until she turns 21. “Lately, I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of buying books but never reading them.
Gradually I’ve been reading less and less,” she said.

She put together a list of 52 books (heavy on Palahniuk, Murakami and Hemingway) and posted it here. Want to take the challenge? The details are here.

“I thought it would be a good way to encourage others to read more too.”

She’s also giving away the books she reads.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cover Art: Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit book jackets designed by Adam Hanson

“And I read Lord of the Rings until I no longer needed to read it any longer, because it was inside me.” - Neil Gaiman

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Video: Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine is an on demand printer capable of printing off text at 105 pages a minute, creating entire paperback books in as little as four minutes. The machine offers print titles from an online database of about eight million books, or it can be used for self-publishing. It has been installed in about 70 locations worldwide, most of which are libraries and bookstores

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Humor: Fictional Character Obsession




Finally, a line of thank-you cards I'll actually use!
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