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Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book August 10, 2015 – Posted in: book arts, Books and Technology, Illustration, Painting

The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers. It is the earliest known example of multicolor printing in the world: printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known asdouban invented and perfected…

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Teens vs. The Encyclopedia – 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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Watch Harper Lee see a finished copy of “Go Set a Watchman” for the first time July 14, 2015 – Posted in: Video

 Photo: © 2015 Mary Murphy and Company LLC New York’s PBS flagship station THIRTEEN is all over the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” her much anticipated follow-up novel to “To Kill A Mockingbird”. THIRTEEN Days of Harper Lee is a 13-day, multi-platform event celebrating the release of “Go Set a Watchman” that runs through Friday, July 17. As part of the festivities Harper Lee: American Masters documentary filmmaker and author Mary McDonagh Murphy met with Harper…

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