Books as Objects

June 9, 2007

Books as Objects: Arty Goodness 0


Artist Nina Katchadourian, in a take off on the sometimes serendipitous placement of books on bookshelves, has created micro-stories told only in the words on the spines of books. At the site of UK bookstore Any Amount of Books (which also runs the blog Bookride), one can view “The Incredible Bookman,” a bookshelf that takes […]

May 9, 2007

Books as Objects: Limited Editions 2


Skimming through the bestsellers and new releases at Amazon, you may have spotted the “limited edition” of Michael Chabon’s new novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. “This special limited first edition is personally signed by the author and numbered. The jacketed hardcover is packaged in a handcrafted wooden slipcase which is shrinkwrapped. A must-have for collectors,” […]

September 14, 2006

Books as Objects: Drug Mules 1


I happened upon this story about a scheme to smuggle drugs into a Michigan prison using library books. From the Muskegon Chronicle: Inmates at the prison in eastern Montcalm County communicated with somebody on the outside, providing titles to check out from the Madison Square branch library on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The […]

August 11, 2006

More Books by the Foot 0


Remeber my post a while back about decorators selling books by the foot to furnish rooms, as an alternative to wallpaper, say? I spotted another book by the foot seller, and this one’s got some pretty remarkable prices. Here’s Wonder Book’s pitch: BOOKS BY THE FOOT: With pricing starting at $6.00 per linear foot, we […]

May 4, 2006

New Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions – Akutagawa, Ott, Jason, Brown, Miller, Hanuka 6


In January I posted scans of a bunch of fantastic new editions of classic books from Penguin with covers designed by famous comic book artists. I’d heard that another batch was on the way, and I finally got my hands on the images so here they are. They come out this fall: Rashomon and Seventeen […]

April 25, 2006

Goodnight Moon come to life 2


Artist Thatcher Hurd, son of Goodnight Moon creators Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd has an art show up at the Rhode Island School of Design that features a three-dimensional life size display from of the illustrations from the book. For more, see the AP story and a photo of the work. (via H2O)

April 25, 2006

Burroughs Book Covers 0


Check out a terrific collection of William S. Burroughs book covers. There’s 34 Junky covers including editions from Portugal and Turkey, as well as 39 editions of Naked Lunch from places like Norway and the Czech Republic. Lots of other Burroughs books, too.

April 4, 2006

More Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions 2


In January, I put up some scans of the first round of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions, for which famous cartoonists provided the cover art. Scott points to a new batch of Deluxe Editions posted at The Fantagraphics Blog. For more on the creation of the art for the Marquis De Sade book (to be released […]

March 19, 2006

Books as objects: Books by the Foot 3


When I worked at the bookstore in Los Angeles,we would occasionally get customers who would by books based not on their subject matter or on who wrote them, but by the color of their spines. Somebody would come in looking for light covered spines. Another would peak behind dusk jackets looking for books that conveyed […]

March 9, 2006

Books as Objects: Golden Books in China 0


I happened across an odd little story today. Apparently, books made of gold are a fad among the super-rich in China. There is also concern that the books, which cost upwards of $1,000 are becoming a “means of bribery,” according to a story from Xinhua, as they are given as gifts to public officials. None […]