Kansas City Library - photo via LostatEminor
— Umberto Eco
— Katherine Mansfield
October 19, 1962: Happy 51st birthday, Tracy Chevalier. Her best-selling novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was based on a painting by Johannes Vermeer. The writer bought a poster of the painting as a teenager.
Miniature book - illustrated, although not with animated covers (too bad)
Banned Books Week
Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 - 28, 2013
The Graveyard Book
I have more time during the week to read than in past years, but for some reason I still seem to…
A Tear at the Edge of Creation
An image of an event in CERN’s CMS detector during the search for the Higgs boson – which Gleiser…
It’s a good day to read a book in honor of the birthday of the first man ever to print a book in English, William Caxton, born in Kent, England in 1422.
He was a wealthy trader and merchant, and also a part-time linguist and translator. He was living in Cologne, Germany, when he translated a book about the history of Troy. The printing press had been invented about 25 years earlier, but it had only recently started to spread beyond Germany. Caxton realized that the new technology of printing would make the job of distributing his book a lot easier. So instead of copying the book by hand, he had his book printed as The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye in 1475.
He eventually went back to England, where he established the first English printing press. He printed all the available English literature, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1478).
For a long time, people in England called printed books Caxtons.
More print sadness
Tim Kreider on the decline and fall of the book cover: http://nyr.kr/12Ee5Wy Illustration by Laurent Cilluffo.
“Soon enough, book covers, like album covers before them—like albums themselves, or sheet music for popular songs, or dance cards—will be a quaint, old-timey thing you have to explain to the uninterested young, and there’ll be one fewer excuse to strike up conversations with pretty strangers on the subway.”
— Lloyd Alexander (Time Cat)