I'm a huge fan of maps offering arbitrary information, such as this wind map. Well, another map has joined the fray. The Book Depository Live tracks books being sold across the globe, in real time.
Most of us have books that we've never read. We buy them, then put them away for a rainy day. The problem is that by doing that, we usually avoid buying that author's next book until we actually get around to reading the first one. To force us to get cracking, an Argentinean publisher is printing books using disappearing ink that starts to fade after just a couple of months.
What would happen if Darth Vader played an active role in raising (SPOILER!) his son, Luke Skywalker? Apparently some pretty adorable situations would arise, as shown in Darth Vader and Son, an upcoming Star Wars children's book by Jeffrey Brown. Get a peek inside the title right here, courtesy Chronicle Books.
There's a million ways to read a book now — on tablets, e-readers, smartphones, phablets, whatever. But how many of you know how a good old-fashioned paper book is made? Glen Milner's "Birth of a Book" shows the entire book creation process and it's way more interesting than just throwing an e-book together.
If you think cutting up books can only be a destructive process, then you have never encountered the art of Brian Dettmer.
The modern phone booth as we know it may be an endangered species, but one clever designer has repurposed them in way that may actually lead to a evolution in urban public spaces.
Students everywhere can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Now, getting ready for English Lit class is as easy as watching six minute animated videos on their mobile phones. These new interactive videos come courtesy of CliffsNotes — who have saved students for years with their trademark black and yellow bound summaries of the classics.
Anyone who's ever visited or lived in New York is bound to ask — why would anyone want to make a book capturing its smells? Call her a dreamer or call her a realist but first time author Amber Jones believes the world's children deserve to take this olfactory journey be it good, bad or downright ugly in New York, Phew York.
Right in time for lunch comes Animated Anatomies, a gallery released by Duke University of "anatomical flap books." Think pop-up books for children, just for doctor's with iron stomachs.
If you're looking for a sign that traditional books might not survive much longer than the CD, here you go: Amazon is officially selling more downloadable ebooks for its Kindle reader than real-deal hardcover books.