The world's most valuable scientific books and manuscripts - an overview of the marketplace

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 10/09/2016 - 16:20
After several months researching the marketplace, we've compiled a list of the 50 most valuable scientific documents sold at auction. This article is a preview of the research and an overview of the scientific documents and manuscripts marketplaces.

There’s a word in Japanese for the literary affliction of buying books you don’t read

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 10/09/2016 - 16:20
Tsundoku is the stockpiling of books never consumed. Sahoko Ichikawa, a senior lecturer in Japanese at Cornell University, explains that tsunde means “to stack things” and oku is “to leave for a while.” The word originated in Japan’s late 19th century Meiji Era from a play on words. Sometime around the turn of the century, the oku in tsunde oku was replaced with doku, meaning to read.

Printed easter eggs: fore-edge paintings hidden in books

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 21:03
High-end printers began decorating the edges of books as the craft developed, including dyeing and gilding the edges, but in the 17th century, artisans began creating fore-edge paintings that could only be seen when books were fanned.
From Printed easter eggs: fore-edge paintings hidden in books / Boing Boing

A Nonfiction Literary Map Of The United States

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 20:59
And what better way to do that than by reading? While Welty was referencing the importance of place in fiction, there is little doubt that its importance in nonfiction is similarly essential. The very best writing about a place can bring the reader a whole new understanding of a life different than their own, as well as, per Welty, a better grasp of their own place in the world. Here then, are some of the best pieces of nonfiction from every state in America.

Old books imitate art?

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:39
With the invention of the e-reader and digital downloads of books, you might not be buying as many books as you used to. But what if you have dozens of vintage books from over the years? Book readers, you can turn your books into art and home decor! Make sure you don’t have any first editions, of course, and then consider the following hints:
From Hints From Heloise: Old books imitate art?

Japanese Craftsman Brings Old Books Back to Life by Making Them Look Brand New

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:24
This Tokyo-based Japanese craftsman brings old books back to life by making them look brand new through his amazing technique obtained after more than 3 decades of experience in his shop from the Suidobashi area of Japan’s capital.
From Japanese Craftsman Brings Old Books Back to Life by Making Them Look Brand New - Gypsy.Ninja

Controversial books added to VA County Schools reading list

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:19
Chesterfield County Schools decided today to leave their summer reading list the way it was, even with the books that some parents were calling inappropriate. Just last month, the school system pulled three books off of their reading list to be reviewed, but based on the recommendation from a committee, the school decided to keep the books on the list.
From Controversial books added to Chesterfield County Schools reading list | WRIC

Six of Roald Dahl's made-up words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate his centenary

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 13:38
To honor the centenary of his birth this month, the Oxford English Dictionary has updated its latest edition today (Sept. 12) with six new words connected to Dahl’s writing, and revisions to six other phrases popularized by Dahl’s evocative stories.

MIT's New Toy Can Read Closed Books Using Terahertz Radiation

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 09/11/2016 - 14:04

A group of researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech have built a device that can see through paper and distinguish ink from blank paper to determine what is written on the sheets. The prototype successfully identified letters printed on the top nine sheets of a stack of paper, and eventually the researchers hope to develop a system that can read closed books that have actual covers.

D.C. will hide once-banned books throughout the city this month

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 09/09/2016 - 17:35
D.C. will hide once-banned books throughout the city this month The D.C. public library system is hiding several hundred copies of books — which were once banned or challenged — in private businesses throughout all eight wards to celebrate Banned Books Week. The “UNCENSORED banned books” scavenger hunt kicked off Sept. 6 and will run through the month.