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Tub Lit: Kickstarter project offers waterproof books June 15, 2015 – Posted in: book design, Books and Technology, Content, Paper, Video

  The latest crowdsourced gem for the book crowd comes to us from Bibliobath. Thanks to Wing Weng and Jasper Jansen, a Dutch-Chinese couple based in Amsterdam, we finally have the waterproof book! They have 4 titles ready to go; a selection of short stories by Mark Twain, one of the selected poetry by W. B. Yeats, an edition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a special Kickstarter-only edition of the Chinese classic The Art of War.…

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A peak at some of the treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Exhibits, Libraries, Video

Did you know that 82 of the 233 surviving First Folios of Shakespeare’s plays live at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.? To mark the quadricentennial of his death The Folger is sending a few copies on a tour of America. Jonathan Karl of ABC News was granted exclusive access to the Folger vault, where he got a look at some of the goodies that rarely see the light of day.

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In the Stacks of the Folger Shakespeare Library October 18, 2014 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Special Collections

Frontispiece.  The works of Mr. William Shakespear in six volumes, 1709 Back in August the Folger Shakespeare Library unsealed their almost 80,000 digital image archive! An absolute treasure-trove of material related to Shakespeare, the collection contains books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more for your online perusal.  Through the Digital Image Collection, you can: Compare 19th-century productions of Shakespeare with today’s through historic photographs and promptbooks Look at letters written by Queen Elizabeth I Examine rare paintings…

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Shakespeare Altered: Imagining other looks for the Bard August 6, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration

Everyone knows who he is and everyone has an image in their mind of what he looks like. Now let’s open our mind and enjoy a sampling of what Shakespeare would look like if…  The wonderful site Érase una vez compiles a selection of images featuring  some of the “most picturesque, comic, absurd or ironic” images of the Bard. From Top Gun to the Terminator here is Willie in all his glory.       More images…

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Rapper’s Delight: A Strong Vocabulary August 5, 2014 – Posted in: Content, posters, Reading / Literacy

click here for hi-res version Matthew Daniels has created a pretty nifty flow chart with Pop Chart Lab ranking the size of the vocabulary of today’s leading hip-hop artists.  Daniel explains the project: Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I…

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