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An interactive map of Ireland’s literary landscape August 14, 2015 – Posted in: infographics

The digital marketing folks at the Killarney Hotels Group in Ireland have put together this visual.  It’s an interactive StoryMap called  ‘A Literary Landscape of Ireland’ and features Ireland’s most prolific writers and poets and the places that featured prominently in their lives. I didn’t know that JRR Tolkien spent time in Ireland while writing Lord of the Rings and that the origin of the character Gollum might very well have come from the name…

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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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