These whimsical fairytale book covers will take you into another dimension

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 May 2015

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if the cover looks anything like the ones designed by Latvian artist Aniko Koleshnikova, you’re bound to be a little judgey. After all, how could you stop yourself from wanting to read what’s inside after gazing at these whimsical designs?

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Dr. Seuss penned a nudey book back in 1939 that only sold 2,500 copies

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 9 March 2015

We all know Dr Seuss’ children’s books, but what you might not know about the author – whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel – is that he also penned a book in 1939 where all of the characters were in the nude. And they were all women.

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Throw away that wooden coffee table and pick up bookniture to take its place

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 20 February 2015

Between eReaders and smartphones, our bookshelves are rather empty these days. But why fill them with books when you can fill them with books that double as furniture? Uh yeah, it’s a thing, and it’s crowdfunding right now.

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Bookstores are trolled by signs, all thanks to one very thoughtful man

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 19 February 2015

Bookstores aren’t just for buying books anymore. Or for coffee and free WiFi. Nope. Bookstores are for trolling the masses. Jeff Wysaski decided to liven up his local bookstores in Los Angeles with some rather fitting – yet trollsome – signs.

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Goodnight Brew: A children’s book about beer for grown-ups

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 15 January 2015

How wicked is it that author-illustrator Ann E Briated’s book, Goodnight Brew, is a parody of Goodnight Moon? Revolving around beer, the book, thanks to the whimsical illustrations, resembles a children’s book, but contains serious educational content to help less clued-in adults understand all they need to know about the pint they’re drinking. You know, […]

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The very hungover caterpillar is a book we can probably all relate to

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Wednesday 3 December 2014

If you’re a drinker, you’ve no doubt suffered ‘the worst hangover in history’. But can you imagine a hangover while being a parent? Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd are back with a hilarious take on the sweet children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar where a poor father wakes up with a hangover and spends each page […]

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A catalog that helps you buy everything from a dinosaur testicle to a garbage detector

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Saturday 25 October 2014

The members of comedy group Kasper Hauser have probably been on a few flights in their lives, considering the release of their latest book: Sky Maul 2. Saluting the often useless products of real Sky Mall catalogs aboard flights, this group decided to come up with ridiculous items of their own.

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The Japanese make book stacking into an art form amidst a sea of competition

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Bookstores in Japan are constantly launching new titles of manga, novels and non-fiction. In this whirlwind of stiff competition, the bookshops work hard with the different publishers to push their publications to the number one spot. And this is where book stacking comes into the equation.

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Pin this brooch to wear a piece of literature you’ve enjoyed reading

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By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 27 August 2014

You can now wear a piece of literature you’ve enjoyed reading, thanks to the crafty hands of London-based artist Sarah of House of Ismay. She has created decorative pins made from reclaimed wood covered with the worn out pages from many classic books. Each handmade brooch features the name of an important character or a well-known excerpt and quote, and they are then paired with relevant shapes.

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Classic books have been turned into deliciously buttery titles

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Ben Franklin once said ‘nothing in this world can be said to be certain except death and taxes’. He was obviously misquoted. There’s nothing certain except death, taxes and the deliciousness of butter. Because butter makes everything greater. Paula Deen knows it. Vipular Athukorale knows it too (check out his crazy butter sculptures here).

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Book with pop-up cut-outs comes with extra shadowplay

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Why is it that we had all the books we ever needed as kids.. except this one? Japanese designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima, the creators of Motion Silhouette, made this crazily cool interactive book that comes to life when you beam a lit torch upon its paper pop-out cutouts to make the book come […]

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A book you can tear pages out of to make drinkable water

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 15 May 2014

New York-based typographer Brian Gartside teamed up with scientists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Virginia to design the Drinkable Book for Water is Life. The manual not only dispenses safe water tips, but also purifies water. Each of its pages is coated with silver nano particles that destroy deadly diseases like […]

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Cozy up with these literary classics pillows

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Book worms who love to get cozy in bed with a good read can now sleep on the book itself! Olde Book Pillow Classics from ThinkGeek features three soft and plush literary classics: Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and Treasure Island. After tiring yourself out mentally from reading tons of metaphors and deep words, it’s […]

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Public libraries of America: photos by Robert Dawson

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 9 May 2014

Looking for your local library? Robert Dawson can probably direct you. This photographer has been snapping public libraries across the U.S. for almost 20 years and has recently published his photographs in the book, The Public Library. It gives us a new perspective of what a library is, as you’ll see some libraries are located […]

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Don’t worry, those Harvard library books aren’t bound in human flesh after all

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 10 April 2014

Harvard University just discovered that their infamous human flesh books aren’t bound from flayed human skin after all. But it’s still bound in skin, but rather sheepskin. Yes, it’s a let down, especially since we’ve believed in those human flesh books since 2006 when the discovery was published in The Harvard Crimson. Apparently though, the […]

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