Books & Book Collecting
Anyone following Charles Vess on Facebook is often treated with peeks at the various books and projects he is working on. It seems HaperCollins has asked his to do a few additional drawings for an upcoming edition of his and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust . To which I say, hurray!
Osprey Publishing - Military History Books - Blog - Where the magic happens - from the desk of an Osprey authorEver wondered about what goes into writing a history book? Here some Osprey authors have kindly let us show where the process begins, stops, starts, frustrates and finally elates when the blasted thing is finally done!
And two-thirds of American counties had no bookstore at all. Some Ivy League graduates feeling superior, 1939 (New York Public Library). I'm reading a fascinating book called Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America , published in 1984 by the popular historian Kenneth C. Davis . I picked it up because many of the changes that social media and the Internet are supposed to have wrought on culture are ascribed to the rise of the paperback in this book.There's all this talk in the book about "the Paperback Revolution" that "enabled American writers to find American readers by the millions" among the "Paperback Generation." Mass-market paperbacks, we're told, "made an enormous contribution to our social, cultural, educational, and literary life."
Lirbriomancer Jim C. Hines DAW (320 pgs, $24.95, hardcover August 2012) Reviewed by Alana Joli Abbott We have met this protagonist, and he is us.
The book world is incredibly lucky to have G. Thomas Tanselle beating the drum, as it were, for book jackets. Since 1971, when "Book-Jackets, Blurbs, and Bibliographers," the first of his major essays on dust jackets, appeared, Tanselle has been writing about the failure to preserve book jackets--by collectors, by dealers, and by institutions--and how that failure has affected the study of books and book history. The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia (in association with Oak Knoll Press) recently re-published Tanselle's essay in Book-Jackets: Their History, Form, and Use , an outstanding resource for the book world. His later essays, "Dust-Jackets, Dealers, and Documentation" (2006) and "Coda: News and the Nineties" (2010) are also included. Most people believe the book jacket to be a modern creation.
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