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The Book That Comes With an Expiration Date

Argentinian publishing house Eterna Cadencia wants to make sure new authors’ first books don’t just sit on the shelf, so they’re forcing readers to get through their newest anthology, cleverly titled The Book That Can’t Wait, in two months. How can they ensure you’ve actually read the whole thing in that time? Well, if you don’t [...]

The End of the World of Books

Photo: Leslie Strauss Travis/The Norman Maclean Reader A lot of authors get rejected by publishers, but Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, [...]

Embroidered Book Covers

Penguin, the publishing house, asked crafter Jillian Tamaki to reproduce three covers from their classic novels in embroidery. After two months of work, she completed wrap-around covers for Emma, Black Beauty, and The Secret Garden. Link via Dude Craft

Sales of Tiger Woods’ Physics Book Way Up

I guess that in scientific publishing, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. The textbook Get a Grip on Physics by John Gribbin, featured in Tiger Woods’ recent SUV crash, has shot up the bestseller list. Its Amazon ranking has moved from 396,224 to 2,268: Speaking in a break between lectures this morning, the author, John [...]