A World Made of Ambient Sounds
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Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.
Source: Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers – Atlas Obscura
A cognitive psychologist on a question that annoys him.
Source: To Your Brain, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ — Science of Us
The main branch of the NYPL, located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. (© The New York Public Library)
A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country’s largest library systems
Source: The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Library | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”
“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”
“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”
Source: Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast
Audiobooks are here to stay—and that’s good news for readers.
Source: How Audiobooks Are Becoming an Art Form Unto Themselves
An inspirational talk by the National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas.
Source: Why Books Will Always Matter – The Scholarly Kitchen
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
What does the push for digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?
Source: In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead? : NPR Ed : NPR
“What can things — furniture, everyday objects, art — really tell us about someone? If this book is any indication, plenty. What Price chose to surround himself with tells us about his obsessions, his affections, and perhaps even his perception of himself.”
Source: ‘Dream of a House’ tours the eclectic home of writer Reynolds Price – LA Times