Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Chocolate library

There’s a mixture of favourite classics and beautiful vintage books, along with whole bays dedicated to books shortlisted for prizes this year...They may have chocolate inside, but on the outside they have blurbs and barcodes, just like real books.
More details and how to make your own at Playing by the book

Friday, 19 May 2017

Bookselling in the 21st century: When your store is a photo op

The more that the book is venerated as a physical item, something that, unlike a screen, people want to hold and even smell, the more the bookstore turns into a temple. The physical space where books are kept, and where booksellers friendly and grumpy alike can provide guidance in the world of books, becomes more important.
More by Katie Orphan at Literary Hub

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Double J bookcase and lamp

A bookcase and floor lamp. The weight of the books helps the lamp to bend in a manner so accentuated to support the LED panel placed at the end.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

BooKaos bookshelves

Modular and flexible bookshelf composed of vertical rails and horizontal elements that can be attanged to form shelves, containers, bookholders.
Mauro del Santo

Monday, 15 May 2017

How real books have trumped ebooks

Books have always had a fetishistic quality to them, with their dusty secretiveness. Now, though, it feels like we’re living through a special moment in the history of book design and beautiful books are everywhere. Take George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, with its cover inspired by mosaic from the Imam mosque at Isfahan; Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, its sumptuous jacket inspired by the tiles of William Morris; 4th Estate’s gorgeous repackaging of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s backlist, based on vibrant African headwrap patterns; the glimmering Penguin Hardcover Classics reissue of the works of F Scott Fitzgerald, or its clothbound editions of Austen, Brontë and Dickens. It’s hard to know whether to read these books or caress them.
Read more at The Guardian

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Book of Book Lists: A Bibliophile's Compendium

If you liked my books 'Bookshelf' (inspired by this site) and 'Improbable Libraries' (ditto), then I think you will enjoy my next one too. A Book of Book Lists will be published by The British Library in October and is now available for pre-order (if you're in the US then this is the link for information) and will also be available from your local independent bookseller. I know it's a little early for Christmas shopping but...