How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever – Atlas Obscura

A biography of George Gershwin, in ASE format. Library of Congress

A biography of George Gershwin, in ASE format. Library of Congress

Prior to WWII, Americans didn’t think much of softcover books.
Source: How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever – Atlas Obscura

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New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian

Excellent effort, no reason libraries cannot be publishers.. even local smaller libraries can do it, self-publish, etc.

Seeing the Lions at NYPL (Patience and Fortitude –not sure which is in the photo below) never fails to uplift my heart and soul, and if you’d like to know more about them, check out here:
The Library Lions


From colouring and picture books for children to work by adult authors including Maira Kalman, new project will celebrate the library’s role in the life of the city

Source: New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian

MH Abrams, Norton anthology founder, influential critic, dead at age 102 | Books | The Guardian

MH Abrams, an esteemed critic and teacher who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.

Abrams’ death was confirmed on Wednesday by the president of Cornell University, David J Skorton, who declined to give

The cover of the eighth edition

The cover of the eighth edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

details. According to the website of the Ithaca university, where he was a longtime member of the English department, Abrams died on Tuesday at the retirement community Kendal at Ithaca. No cause of death was given.

via MH Abrams, Norton anthology founder, influential critic, dead at age 102 | Books | The Guardian.

 

The Case For Libraries

Publishers are running out of space. Not in their headquarters, some of which are larger and more imposing than ever, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all.

via The Case For Libraries.

English: Borders Books at 1807 Fordham Bouleva...

English: Borders Books at 1807 Fordham Boulevard in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)