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15 Mar 2011
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14 Mar 2011
Via MonoModa: "4 of Jules Verne novel book covers were re-designed as a senior thesis by Jim Tierney during his University studies. Classic books allow for more personal interpretation of the topic as most of the people are familiar with the contents."

His work is really excellent! Below is his design for my favorite Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

See the whole collection here.

12 Mar 2011
What happened yesterday in Japan still breaks my heart. Watching cracks appear on the earth, buildings sway like flowers - it's just unthinkable. I wouldn't know what to do had I been there. This recent event brings to mind Haruki Murakami's after the quake:

Here, an excerpt:

"Five straight days she spent in front of the television, staring at crumbled banks and hospitals, whole blocks of stores in flames, severed rail lines and expressways. She never said a word. Sunk deep in the cushions of the sofa, her mouth clamped shut, she wouldn’t answer when Komura spoke to her. She wouldn’t shake her head or nod. Komura could not be sure the sound of his voice was even getting through to her..."

Read more about the book here.

11 Mar 2011
Hey people, check out my newest invites and announcements that I added to my store. Which one is your favorite?

11 Mar 2011
That's my first reaction when I saw this stream of book installations created by Alycia Martin. AMAZING. What effort! What time and dedication! Very surreal. I probably have had the same dream once or twice in my life: books were entering my life like flood, and I am drowning. My therapist would probably have a field day over that imagery :p

10 Mar 2011
These Penguin advertisements are really clever and creative! As you know I really do have a fondness for Penguin. Really excellent work from an ad agency in Brazil.

09 Mar 2011
Found this interesting infographic via Contently about books and the publishing industry. It's really quite sad to know that just because you published a book it doesn't mean you are going to make it as a writer, and just because somebody helped distribute your work it doesn't mean people are going to buy your book or that you're going to be #1 on the bestseller's list immediately.

Anyway, here it is:

08 Mar 2011
These are fun poems to read to your child if they're just learning how to read:

Author Unknown

I like books
I really do.
Books with stories
And pictures, too.

Books of birds
And things that grow.
Books of people
We should know.

Books of animals
And places, too.
I like books
I really do!


I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Dr. Seuss

I can read in red. I can read in blue.
I can read in pickle color too.
I can read in bed, and in purple. and in brown.
I can read in a circle and upside down!
I can read with my left eye. I can read with my right.
I can read Mississippi with my eyes shut tight!

There are so many things you can learn about.
But…you'll miss the best things
If you keep your eyes shut.
The more that you read, the more things you will know
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

If you read with your eyes shut you're likely to find
That the place where you're going is far, far behind
SO…that's why I tell you to keep your eyes wide.
Keep them wide open…at least on one side.

07 Mar 2011

Here are some places where you can download free e-books:

1. Free Book Spot. Free Book Spot is a free e-books links library where you can find and download free books in almost any category, but focus is on scientific, engineering, programming, fiction and many other books. All books are ready for download without registering.
2. Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. This site carries high quality ebooks: they were previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. All ebooks can be freely downloaded: Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. No fee or registration is required.
3. Baen Free Library. Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online — no conditions, no strings attached.
4. Bookyards. Bookyards has a total of 17,008 books, 41,784 external web links, 4,197 news & blogs links, 384 videos, 32,963 Ebook links and access to hundreds of online libraries (800,000 Ebooks) for your reading pleasure.
5. Online Computer Books. contains details about free computer books, free ebooks, free programming books, free online books and sample chapters related to Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science, Internet, Engineering, Business, Marketing, Maths, Electronics, Physics and Science which are provided by publishers or authors on their websites legally and free of charge.

06 Mar 2011
I hope you enjoy the weekend, curled up with a good book :)

04 Mar 2011
Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite authors when I was a kid. I used to borrow his books all the time from the library. I recently found one of his works in a secondhand book shop, so I thought, why not. And wow, I still enjoy his prose and poetry after all these years. When I was younger I appreciated everything being simple yet striking a familiar chord within me. Now the sparse language hits home right away. There's so much that can be applied to adult life even if he wrote for children.

Read more about his life or visit his website.

03 Mar 2011
Well mine's a hot steaming mug of brewed coffee and Arthur Conan Doyle's Great Stories of Sherlock Holmes. Perfect, with the rain outside. Just a short and sweet reminder for today.

02 Mar 2011
Hey there! When I'm not reading, I'm tinkering around online....Look at these new designs that I added to my Zazzle store. Let me know what you think of them!

02 Mar 2011
Cute. Here's a little boy surprised to get books for Christmas, and not in a good way. All in good fun ;)

01 Mar 2011
Like wine, they only get better, yes? Old books are old friends. We learn how to cull and keep and be with good company over the years. Here are some photos of old books. I like them because it's a testament to their value. They wouldn't be around for so long if readers didn't think they were of some importance. I myself have a lot of old books, carefully preserved and kept in bookshelves (that are dusted often, mind you). I like their smell, the feel of their weight in my hands. It's a piece of history, of life, of a moment in time.

"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves."-- Gilbert Highet