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Denslow’s OZ January 14, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Illustration

      Of the 14 books in L. Frank Baum’s beloved Wizard of Oz series only one was illustrated by W.W. Denslow. As it turns out, it was a big one. For it was Denslow that illustrated the first volume, Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and visually introduced us to Dorothy and the gang.   Though many of us think of John R. Neill when thinking of Oz illustrators it was Denslow’s  “depictions…

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The Collected Poems of Donald J. Trump January 13, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Twitter & Verse

    “I thought maybe I could turn the thing that has been weaponized into something beautiful,” says Gregory Woodman of Portland, the 29-year-old founder of the ad agency Weller Creative, who along with his business partner Ian Pratt have published The Collected Poems of Donald J. Trump. The 373 page book compiles hundreds of Trump’s tweets and is arranged in chapters such as “Loathings,” “Free Verse” and “Introspective Musings.”  Combining the measured contentiousness of…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Amazon opens a bookstore while Indiebound adds a ‘Buy Now’ button November 4, 2015 – Posted in: books, Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Photo: Sam Machkovech Here comes the next tremor in the book universe. Amazon.com, the world’s largest online bookseller, has opened it’s first physical bookshop! Amazon Books has opened in Seattle’s University District just a few miles from Amazon headquarters. It’s 5,000 square feet with a majority of the space dedicated to the almighty book. By combining new display tactics (all books are face out!),  a largely crowdsourced inventory, and a seamless ebook purchase option Amazon Books…

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Teens vs. The Encyclopedia July 15, 2015 – Posted in: books, Books and Technology, Video

Q:  Are there any benefits to a physical encyclopedia compared to the internet or wikipedia? A: I’m pretty sure there is but no. Fine Brothers Entertainment produces  a video series called REACT where they present participants with a topic and then discuss. The latest episode features a group of teens reacting to an encyclopedia. OMG, it’s both hysterical and terrifying at the same time.   

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