Look what just washed up on the beach: a pop-up library

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 18 September 2013

A mobile library has popped up in the southern French town of Istres on the beach of Romaniquette. Dubbed Bibliotheque de Plage, it’s the creation of industrial designer Matali Crasset, who worked with the Istres municipal library to encourage book reading and borrowing. Nothing beats basking in the sun by the beach with a book […]

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The Book Seer app will suggest a good read for you

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Friday 13 September 2013

Looking for a good book to read? Just tell the BookSeer the title and author of the last book you read, and he’ll give you a list of books he thinks you would enjoy. If you live in the UK, he can also direct you to your closest bookshop or local library. The BookSeer is […]

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British sculptor James Hopkins’ 3D collages of bookshelves

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By Vivian Shih in New Art on Tuesday 10 September 2013

I recently came across a British sculptor, James Hopkins’ series of 3d collages of bookshelves organized to form images of skulls. Not only are the beautifully interesting, but they make me reconsider the concept of shelving and organization within my home.

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Sylvia Plath’s poems for kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 29 August 2013

Sylvia Plath is probably known best for her emotionally tumultuous poetry, so it’s hard to imagine that she’s also written The Bed Book for children, a collection of poems about, well, beds. Her primary audience really, were her own kids. The original British edition came with illustrations by artist Quentin Blake. It’s a really charming […]

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Underground New York Public Library

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 26 August 2013

Have you seen the Underground New York Public Library? Well, it’s not an actual library, but a blog featuring NYC subway commuters — with their candid snapshots taken by Ourit Ben-Haim — focused on burying their noses into their books while they travel to their destinations. It’s simply magical.

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How to make friends by telephone: a 1940s step by step guide

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 24 August 2013

‘How often you meet folks whose voices delight you!’ chimes the opening line of 1940s instructional illustrated booklet How To Make Friends by Telephone. We love how painfully obvious the advice is, right down to tips like ‘Be sure of the number. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s best to look it up or you may get a wrong number, which irritates you and the person you call by mistake.’ It’s an entertaining read all right.

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Choose Your Own Adventure goes online, makes it impossible to cheat

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Monday 19 August 2013

Remember those books you loved as a child that let you choose your own ending? Well now, Chooseco has brought that idea into the digital age with Choose ‘Toons, an interactive cartoon app that allows children to create their own personalized animated adventure. With the help of Kickstarter, Chooseco hopes to raise $130,000 to fund […]

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Claire de Rouen Books in London

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By Takeshi Suga in Cool Travel on Monday 19 August 2013

If you’re after fashion and photography books in London, you’d be pleased to visit Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. Occupying an extremely tiny space above a sex shop, they have a broad selection of rare, out-of-print, signed and collector editions books. The bookshop also runs a programme of reading list events called […]

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Graphic designers wake up earlier than before

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 14 August 2013

In their book I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now, Billy Kiosoglou and Philippin Frank got designers to reflect on how they have changed since their university days. Surprisingly, most wake up significantly earlier as design practitioners compared to the time when they were design students.

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The Nine Lives of a Cat: a Tale of Wonder

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By Nathan Marsh in New Art on Tuesday 13 August 2013

The Public Domain review is an outstanding resource, collecting some of the most fascinating and entertaining pieces of art that have fallen out of copyright’s legal restrictions. This website is full of treasures. One of my personal favorites is this children’s book by Charles Bennett, where a cat exhausts his nine lives. It is charming […]

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If books turned into ice cream

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 31 July 2013

It’s hot, hot, hot, and the folks at Philadelphia-based book publisher Quirk Books felt it so much, they decided to mash up books with ice cream. Coincidentally, July is National Ice Cream Month. Just the idea of Berry Potter gives us the chortles. Well, laughing lets off heat too, we’re sure.

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Books with one letter missing as illustrated book covers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 29 July 2013

Amusing responses to the Twitter hashtag #bookswithalettermissing, made more real as book covers with a letter missing from their titles. Everybody, say thanks to Twitter user Shirtless Selfish Darth.

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My First Kafka: a kid’s book with macabre illustrations

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 27 July 2013

All gloom and despair: that’s what Franz Kafka is known for with his novels and short stories, and the 20th century literary icon can hardly be said to have written any children’s tales in his life. Brooklyn-based writer and video game designer Matthue Roth therefore took it upon himself to adapt Kakfa for children with […]

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Original Star Wars story line mashed up with Shakespeare

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By Sean Alves in New Art on Tuesday 23 July 2013

Ian Doescher delivers the latest quirky take on the original Star Wars Episode IV. Put simply, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a mash up of the original Star Wars story line and the writing style of the famous English playwright. Staying true to his inspiration, Doescher recreates our favourite sci-fi journey in full iambic pentameter, […]

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For zombie kids: Children’s book on how to hunt brains

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 3 July 2013

Finally, a children’s book about zombies that you can read to the little ones. Written by writer-filmmaker Dan Jacobs and his artist-educator wife Amelia, A Brain is for Eating comes with 40 pages of illustrations by Scott Brundage and instructs kids on how to stalk humans and eat their brains. Now parents who have been […]

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