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Entries from May 2013

Picking Up on the Physicality of Books

May 31st, 2013 · Comments Off on Picking Up on the Physicality of Books

…picking up on the promised thread of the last blog post, almost exactly this time last year we published a blog post that linked to Rebecca Eisenberg’s 101 Books to Read this Summer Instead of ’50 Shades of Grey’.  It’s a lovely visual reading list, and while it’s a year old the year gone past hasn’t made the list any less relevant.  In face, a quick scan of the list shows The Great Gatsby prominently placed, and given the film that is playing, the list may have aged like wine.  Given the film it might be a good time to read The Great Gatsby.  Eisenberg’s list features the famous cover of the Charles Scribner’s and Sons paperback edition (that edition carried by so many college students to so many American Lit classes).  Having this old paper back to read would certainly be a good summer project, first summer home from college?   32nd summer home from college?  Other titles on all things Gatsby:

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The Physicality of Books

May 8th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Physicality of Books

…a piece in PublishingPerspectives on the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and the physicality of Islamic Holy Books. It’s a short article, but speaks to the book as artifact and whether (whither?) this quality can possibly translate to any kind of online platform.  There has been a lot of time and effort in trying to render the online reading experience, once orange or green words in endless streams on black screens, to something more appealing to readers, more book like.  This of course raises the question of whether or not this is a fools errand…that books are tangible, physical, objects, and attempts to render them otherwise render them something other than books, and do we, as readers, want to unhand our books?

Sounds like a summer blogging project!

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