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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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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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Reading Jane Eyre: All 594 translations in 57 languages February 21, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Maps

The project is called Prismatic Jane Eyre and is the brain child of University of Oxford professor Matthew Reynolds. In collaboration with an international team of more than two dozen scholars they dove deep into the publishing history of Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. Why Jane Eyre? Says Reynolds: The more I thought about and re-read Jane Eyre, the more it came to seem the perfect book for the kind of exploration I…

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RuPaul visits the library February 12, 2020 – Posted in: Content, public libraries, Video

  RuPaul hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend and one of the skits featured him visiting the San Diego Public Library for a little reading time. He tackles such children’s classics as Madeline, Corduroy, Eloise,  James and the Giant Peach and Harriet the Spy. Absolutely hilarious. I’m still laughing at his take on the dust jacket illustration for Madeline which he says “I have bad news child, the Eiffel Tower is not in the…

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