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Japanese used bookstore chain really wants to buy your books September 9, 2020 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Video

Book Off, a secondhand bookstore chain in Japan, is in dire need of inventory. To try and remedy the situation they have produced a television commercial “begging customers to sell them books” The commercial features employees standing solemnly in two lines along near-empty bookshelves pleading with the viewers to sell them books.  Watch:   What kind of books are they asking after: “Books you’ve read already” “Books that won’t fit on the book shelf.” “Books…

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Machine Poetry with Feeling March 2, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content

Researchers at the University of Colorado (UC)- Colorado Springs and Drury University have recently developed a unique language generation system that they claim can produce creative poetry verses infused with emotion. The project focused “more on the content, emotion and creativity of the text, as opposed to the structure or rhythm found in prior poetry generation studies.” Combing through large text repositories like Project Gutenberg the researchers looked for words included in EmoLex, an emotion-lexicon…

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Illustrations by James Firnhaber February 28, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Art, Content, Illustration

James Firnhaber is a young and rising freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Philly Magazine. Firnhaber influences include his love of mythology, magical realism and traditional animation. Here is a sampling of his book-themed work. Enjoy! Alice in Wonderland – created for a reading campaign     untitled – illustration based on the novel The Book Thief, 2018   untitled – completed for school…

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DIY: Build your own book arch February 26, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Art, bookshops, Interior Design, sculpture

Scott Hill, the proprietor of Sandman Books in South Florida,  has shared his secrets on how to make your very own book arch. It begins with a familiar bookseller quandary – what to do with all those books one acquires “that are simply at the end of their lives”. Hill decided to do something fun and went to work building a book arch. He built his first one in 2013 and when his shop moved…

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