BOOK RIOT

Jul 23

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.

Jul 22

15 author pages worth a “like” on Facebook

15 author pages worth a “like” on Facebook

“Have consumer tastes and habits changed that much in 100 years? Have authors themselves changed in the last 100 years? Why has the big book come to outweigh the short book in the hearts and minds of readers? Is the short book dead? Or just on a reprieve?” — A data-based look at whether books are getting longer and why that may be so.

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Everyone shows up to a baby shower with a copy of Goodnight Moon for the parents-to-be. Here are 5 other great board books to gift instead.

Everyone shows up to a baby shower with a copy of Goodnight Moon for the parents-to-be. Here are 5 other great board books to gift instead.

“As the cracks in our marriage began to widen, only our reading time seemed to be the salve to heal our wounds. It was our own world, filled with characters who we both loved and deplored. We could have just had a nasty argument, but if I was in the middle of a book, he’d silently hand it to me and I’d sit down and begin the new chapter. I started reading my own pain onto the characters. Sometimes I’d stop reading to sob. He’d patiently wait, try to calm me down, and then ask me to please finish the section. At other times, his anger towards the characters were a reflection of his own fears about us. I knew that our marriage was ending, but we were bound by our love for words.” — from How Reading Out Loud Almost Saved My Marriage by Syreeta Barlow

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Critical Linking: July 22, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

If you liked Electric Literature‘s Game of Books infographic that compared the length of A Song of Ice and Fire to classic novels, you might enjoy this infographic that lays out the length of some famous novels, poems, and plays from literary history.

If you are ready to stare at this infographic of the lengths of some notable literary works, I hope you have some spare time on your hands.

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Last week, Amazon informed us that for ten dollars per month, Kindle users can have unlimited access to over six hundred thousand books in its library. But it shouldn’t cost a thing to borrow a book, Amazon, you foul, horrible, profiteering enemies of civilization.

Man, Kindle Unlimited has unleashed some of the most narrow-minded, simplistic reactions I’ve seen in awhile.

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In a potentially major gain for the ebook-bundling concept, BitLit today is announcing its first deal with a Big Five publisher. HarperCollins (US) has entered what is being described as a pilot programme with the Vancouver-based BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of print books that readers already own.

BitLit, where you get a discounted ebook with proof of owning the same print title, is an interesting idea, though it seems like an awkward transitional step. One of these days, we’re going to get proper bundling.

Jul 21

Fan of Bob’s Burgers? 
Have you caught all of the literary burger of the days?
A roundup of some of the best.

Fan of Bob’s Burgers?

Have you caught all of the literary burger of the days?

A roundup of some of the best.