BOOK RIOT

Bookish necklaces, bracelets, tank tops, and more in this week’s edition of Book Fetish.

And here’s the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey.

More recently I’ve been willing to admit that lofty intellectual goals—for me, anyway—have no place mixing with relaxation, but vacation-reading planning is a stressful process nonetheless, as it is rather a lot harder than one might think to find exactly the right book that will not make one think too hard. This problem is complicated for me by the fact that I am cursed with a freakish ability to read an entire novel in a matter of hours, along with a conviction, familiar to many obsessive readers, that the absolute worst problem imaginable is to be stuck somewhere without a book—or, even more awful, with the wrong book. Normal people solve this problem with ereaders but, you know. I have earned my peccadilloes, and an inexplicable refusal to embrace ebooks is among them.
from Book People Problems: Vacation Reading by Sarah McCarry
10 Unexpected Facts from the New Harper Lee Biography
My Little Free Library Has Been VIOLATED!

Three on a YA Theme: Summer Camp

Ever go to summer camp as a teen or wanted to go and didn’t? Here’s a look at three YA books set at summer camp.

We’re launching something new and cool and you should know about it! 
Ever wanted to know when a book goes on mega-discount? Or looking to score books on the cheap? Know about a deal and want to share it?
Join us at Book Riot Deals to hear and share the latest.

We’re launching something new and cool and you should know about it!

Ever wanted to know when a book goes on mega-discount? Or looking to score books on the cheap? Know about a deal and want to share it?

Join us at Book Riot Deals to hear and share the latest.

Critical Linking: July 23, 2014 
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

Seth Kaller’s copy of this iconic novel has some classic Twain humor — an inscription from Mark Twain to Samuel Clemens himself, with a signature from the one and only Clemens/Twain. Seth Kaller is one of the most distinguished sellers in the rare book industry and his copy of Huckleberry Finn is a second American edition with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble and a photogravure plate of a Clemens portrait bust by Karl Gerhardt. $25,000 for a true piece of American history.

This signed edition of Huck Finn would be my first choice in this list of 11 extremely rare and valuable books.

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A questionnaire of over 5,300 people completed just three days ago on 19th July by the Codex Group, found that just over 39% of respondents said they were aware of the stand-off, according to Publishers Lunch. Within that segment, 19% said they were buying fewer books from the online retailer as a consequence of the fracas, although 4.4% said they had increased their spending with Amazon.

This dispute really has penetrated the public consciousness much more than I would have expected.

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I am hearing rumours from comic publishing partners of ComiXology that the digital distributor is offering major publishers the opportunity to sell their comics on ComiXology without DRM. And while it is unlikely that the Disney owned Marvel and the Warners owned DC would agree to such a thing, Image Comics would seem like an instant yes and others are likely to follow. This would be a major step for such a distributor to move away from the standard entertainment norm where DRM is increasingly more and more important, to try and control how people enjoy their entertainment, where, when and how.

This would be welcome, indeed.

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Now we want to celebrate how just a handful of powerful, poignant words from a book can shape our lives and imprint themselves forever in our minds and hearts, by (temporarily) printing those very words on our bodies.

We need your help to launch a collection of beautifully designed temporary literary tattoos. These iconic quotes come from the works of fifteen classic authors and books like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Ulysses, and Les Misérables.

This did 3x times its funding goal on the first day. Not bad.