Feb 24, 2012

Friday Round-Up

Each week I round-up all the (mostly book-related) articles/blog posts/book reviews/websites/videos that entertained me during the week. Enjoy!


HuffPo features "Books on Screen: Our Favorite Bookish Love Scenes From Films"

Oh, Amazon. It's so hard not to hate you and your attitude toward a positive, successful, mutually-beneficial, non-manipulative, not-a-monopoly book industry: "Amazon Pulls Thousands of E-Books in Dispute [AGAIN]"

As a chronic re-reader (there are at least three or four books I reread on a yearly basis), I feel gratified that there really can be a mental health benefit from rereading.

The very early news that JK Rowling will now write an adult book for Little, Brown.

Thoughtful commentary on a longer article: "E-Books Can't Burn"

I can't explain the book/word/art collaboration known as Round Robin, but Grain Edit can.

Book Products

Bookplates from Mac & Ninny Paper Co.

Get a painting of your favorite books on your own bookshelf here at Ideal Bookshelf. Beautiful work!

Children's Books

Remember the children's book Stephen Colbert wrote during the Maurice Sendak interviews I posted a couple of weeks ago? Well, surprise, surprise, it's getting published.

Does this list surprise you? "The 100 'Greatest Books for Kids" ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.



Name the titles of these book covers (I got 17 of 24)


<-- An experiment in 3D letterforms by Letters are my Friends. Read more about it on the Co.Design blog.

"From the retrotastic typographic signage to the beautiful vintage color schemes, these storefronts are priceless time-capsules of an era as faded as their paint coats, haunting ghosts caught in the machine of progress." Read more in this article.

Alphabet Roadtrip, the blog of Iskra Design.

Letterology, an open classroom discussing book design and experimental typography.


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A Tumblr blog dedicated to book photographs and quotes: PrettyBooks


  1. Seriously, how do you find all of these things??? The Ann Patchett interview and Ideal Bookshelf are my favorites! I Am a Pole (And So Can You)... I will definitely be looking for this in the library :) I got 20/24 on the quiz! Should have been 21 except I kept trying Chronicles of Narnia instead of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... duh! Thanks for all the bookish fun :)

    1. Thanks for always reading, Katie! Congrats on getting so far in the quiz; I would have been more embarrassed by my 17/24 if my ignorance wasn't so truly genuine. Also, it took me about 4 tries to get Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil - I think you should get points for typing in keywords, even if they aren't in the correct order. :)

    2. Damn--I missed the Dan Brown book and Freakonomics 'cause I couldn't remember their titles!

      Thanks for rounding up all these cool things.

  2. Woo-hoo, I got 22 of 24 covers! (I missed Watership Down and The Little Prince) Thanks for that, that was fun :-)


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