Folks who love the texture and weight of a book in your hands, the telling but not too telling artwork, are going to love this short film from Spike Jonze and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan. The pair took 6 months to write the script, cut 3,000 pieces of felt to create this beautiful stop-motion film set in Paris’ legendary bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.
Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com
Want more? Have a look at the Making Of too.
Storytelling takes many different forms. One particularly interesting type is graphic novels, books that combine words with pictures to convey meaning.
Image via brainpickers.org
A group of 130 graphic artists teamed up to tackle some of the great works of literature—Moby Dick, Leaves of Grass, and Wuthering Heights, to name a few—to create what 190 different classic tales would look like if illustrated as a graphic novel. Russ Kick, editor and writer, has combined these illustrations into a Graphic Canon Trilogy. You can see more of his incredible images here. Which books would you like to see depicted?
Teresa Carpenter, via Biographile
In a recent post on Biographile, a site devoted to “Real People. Real Stories. Great Reading.,” they discussed whether writer’s block actually exists. New York Times bestselling author Teresa Carpenter strongly believes it does not.
“If you can’t sit still in your chair, you’re bored, not blocked,” she says. “If you are running a temperature of 103, you’re sick, not blocked.”
The idea here, then, is that “writer’s block” is nothing more than a term we use when we are having difficulty focusing on our work for a variety of reasons. What do you think? Does writer’s block actually exist?
Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colorado (via Huffington Post)
In a turn of good news for independent bookstores, Huffington Post reports that there is increasing interest in purchasing books locally. Now, it has become about more than just buying the novel; it’s about going to a place where you can tread across the same brick floors that William Faulkner walked on, or see quotes by Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Conner in the sidewalk outside the shop doors. People are investing in the experience of buying, much in the same way that they do reading. In this comeback of local booksellers, these five bookstores in particular set themselves apart as some of the best in America.
Have you ever found yourself judging a book by its cover? In the literal sense, of course. How do you decide what to read just by looking at the physical book? You may not realize it, but what you read and why you read it is a personal act that requires a careful thought process.
Dell Smith, with Beyond the Margins, dives into the psychology behind books, and endeavors to find out what makes people read what they do. It boils down to emotions and influences. Many readers will choose a book based on a recommendation from a friend or family member. Some readers choose a book based solely on the author, and some choose reading material based on their emotions at that time. Need a scare? Pick up a suspense or thriller. Need a little love? Pick up a romance. We, as readers, define what we read as much as it defines us.
Smith went to the internet to poll readers, and find out exactly what their thoughts are when choosing their next big read. Some of the answers related to the author, recommendations, money, and, yes, even the book cover. What influences your book decisions? Do you have a specific process in picking a book?
Photographer Kent Rogowski recently created a series of art pieces from self-help books. As part of his series “Everything I Wish I Could Be,” the pieces range from books creating a multi-directional rainbow to showcasing the events from “From Birth to Death” to “One Day,” all created from titles, chapter titles, and pages from self-help books. Check out all the photos on Buzz Feed as well as more of Rogowski’s work on his homepage.
Ever wonder how your favorite online booksellers got their start and became so popular? Publishing Trendsetter explores the “internet histories” of the “two biggest players in modern bookselling.” Starting over fifteen years ago in 1995, Amazon.com was founded, starting only as an online bookseller. Followed two years later by Barnes and Noble, (although they’ve been around since 1917), these two competitors quickly set up shop – pardon the pun – on the world wide web, even becoming so popular that, “[o]ver the past decade, many other players have been pushed out of the book selling industry, such as B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, and Borders.”
If you’ve been following our site, or any general news source, by now you know about the merger between two of the Big Six, now known as Penguin Random House. We touched on this merger in a post early last week (see the post here). But what does this merger mean for the book industry? Technology is becoming a large part of the publishing industry (i.e Amazon and Google) and the companies of the Big Six are worried with staying competitive. Metro brings together different critics, editors, and authors to weigh in on what this merger means for them, and for the publishing industry as a whole.
Even combined, Penguin Random House is still less than one tenth of Amazon’s size. Critics of this merger worry that the competition between publishing houses and Amazon will lead to more mergers down the line, ending with potentially only two publishers left in the “Big Six”.
Not only will this competition mean potentially big changes in the Big Six, but the merger also impacts small publishers across the world. The fact that two of the biggest publishers had to merge makes it harder for smaller publishers to even begin to compete with the large firms and the online firms.