Reference enquiry of the day: Film to book

“I saw a movie and apparently they made a book based on the movie. How do I find out if you have the book?” “What was the movie called?” “Huckleberry Finn.” “…”

We require secondary sources

Philip Roth tries to correct an inaccuracy in the Wikipedia article about his own book: Yet when, through an official interlocutor, I recently petitioned Wikipedia to delete this misstatement, along with two others, my interlocutor was told by the “English Wikipedia Administrator”—in a letter dated August 25th and addressed to my interlocutor—that I, Roth, was […]

Choose your Highsmith

Très bien. Now, please forgive us, but we must ask: would you rather read about a shooting, a bludgeoning, or a drowning? Just like it says, Choose your Highsmith will ask a series of questions to help you decide which Patricia Highsmith book to read next. For what it's worth, I was asked the above […]

The book that can’t wait

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read this book in two months or it will self destruct: Argentinean independent publishers Eterna Cadencia are publishing an anthology of new Latin authors using special ink that disappears once it comes in contact with sun and air, completely disappearing within 2 months time after opening the book. […]

Emily Bronte, meet the bandwagon.

  I’m all for new cover art on classics, but this feels a touch too shameless. Sexing Up the Classics for Teens – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire.

Copyright slumlords.

Hugh Rundle has produced another thought provoking article, suggesting the current copyright system is doomed. Librarians should not play along with this. Eli Neiberger told us earlier this year that our mission should be to ‘fight for the user’. Fighting for the user doesn’t mean signing petitions pleading with publishers to sell us their ebooks. […]

Chook lit. Really?

the rural romance genre is growing at a phenomenal rate, with publishers estimating sales have tripled in the past four years. A uniquely Australian take on romance fiction, ”chook lit”, as it’s affectionately known, routinely outsells local popular fiction and crime. Chook lit. Is that always going to be the thing now? We have to […]

Craig Mod on pointing

Craig Mod on the value of being able to point at things. This lack of platforminess is what makes many iPad magazine apps impotent. They end up in no better a position than a printed magazine. There are no routes by which you can directly get to their content. You can’t point in. You’re forced […]

Text Publishing to release currently out of print Australian classics

Nice work.. The Miles Franklin award is arguably Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. It was won three times by David Ireland. His books are out of print in this nation. This seems absurd, a cultural shame, as does the fact that Miles Franklin’s celebrated My Brilliant Career can only be bought in Australia in an […]

Cascading books

This amazing Madrid sculpture series, by Spanish artist Alicia Martin, uses 5,000 books per installation to create stunning works of art. The effect is a waterfall of cascading books. – The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas.