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Book-Inspired Purses

purseBooks are inspiring high-end hand bag designers, who are designing clutches that look like books. The Little Wonder Book Boats by Beatrice J. Hurley, Paperboats A Sailing by Jennifer Just and Surgeon of the Seas by Charles S. Foltz have all been adapted into handbags this season. Olympia Le-Tan is selling these bags.

E Online has created a DIY guide on how to turn a hardcover book into a purse. All you need is an old hardcover, a ruler, some glue, an X-Acto knife, a clasp, and a glue brush.

For more in literary fashion, check out these book-inspired brooches, and Lithographs’ books on t-shirts and tote bags.

St. Mark’s Bookshop Hopes to Raise $50K On Indiegogo

st marksSt. Mark’s Bookshop, a New York City-based independent bookstore, plans to move to a new location within the East Village neighborhood.

To help generate the money for a financial push, the owners have turned to the crowd-funding site indiegogo. According to the indiegogo page, the funds will be used to “build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue.”

Some of the rewards that are up for grabs include signed first edition books by Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, and Paul Auster. The campaign will run until April 26, 2014.

Book-Inspired Brooches

ofmineandmenLondon-based artist Sarah Pounder has been transforming the pages of classic novels into wooden brooches.

She sells them through the Etsy store House of Ismay. The collection includes a heart-shaped Pride and Prejudice pin, a pipe-shaped Sherlock Holmes pin and a whale-shaped Moby Dick pin. The buttons retail for $8.53-17.06.

For more in literary fashion, check out Lithographs’ books on t-shirts and tote bags. (Via Fast Company).

UK Nonprofit Pushes Booksellers to Stop Promoting Kids Books by Gender

girlboyLet Toys Be Toys in the UK has launched a campaign that is encouraging children’s publishers and booksellers to get rid of gender-specific marketing for children’s books.

According to the Let Books Be Books, pushing pink princesses on girls and blue robots on boys stifles their development as readers whose interests are a lot more diverse. You can sign a petition to support the effort at this link.

Here is more about the cause from the website: “Children are listening, and take seriously the messages they receive from books, from toys, from marketing and the adults around them. Do we really want them to believe that certain things are off-limits for them because of their gender? They’re not ‘getting it wrong’ if a girl likes robots, or if a boy wants to doodle flowers. These artificial boundaries turn children away from their true preferences, and provide a fertile ground for bullying.”

Out of Print Kicks Off 4th Annual Book Madness Literary Tournament

heroOut of Print, an online retailer that sells t-shirts and tote bags featuring old book covers, has launched its fourth annual Book Madness tournament, a game in which readers can vote on their favorite books.
The theme this year is “Hero vs. Villain.” Inspired by college basketball’s March Madness, readers can complete a bracket to compete against over readers. This the contest pits classic characters against each other and readers can vote on the likes of Harry Potter versus Atticus Finch.

Brackets can be submitted through Sunday, March 23rd. Winners can compete for the chance to win a $500 Out of Print gift card among other prizes. Voting runs March 24th through April 7th. Follow this link for more details.

 

Photos of People Holding Book Covers Over Their Faces

corpusBookseller at Skylight Books in Los Angeles Emily Pullen created a very cool Tumblr page back in 2008, and it is alive and well.

Corpus Libris is dedicated to photos of people holding book covers in front of their faces aligned proportionally. The photos are pretty amazing, as images from book covers are split with images of real people. To submit a photo, here are the instructions: “Just take a book and hold it in front of your body.”

Follow this link to browse this incredible collection of images. (Via Paste Magazine).

Veronica Roth Leads iBook’s Top Paid Books List

37588Veronica Roth has three books on Apple’s iBooks top paid books in the U.S. for week ending 2/24. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegian made three of the top four slots on the list.

Every week Apple publishes the top selling books for the week including top paid iBooks, and the top selling audiobooks, as well as the top sellers by genre including Arts& Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Children & Teens, and Comics & Graphic Novels.

We’ve included the entire list of top paid books after the jump.
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James Patterson Donates $1M to Indie Bookstores

jamespattersonAuthor James Patterson pledged to give $1 million to help support indie bookstores back in September, and those checks have begun to go out.

More than 50 stores across the country will benefit from this generous grant.

“Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country’s literature,” he explained in a statement. “The work they do to support schools and the rest of their communities leaves a lasting love of reading in children and adults. I believe their work is vital to our future as a country. What are we if we don’t have our own literature? I couldn’t be happier to, very humbly, support booksellers in their mission. Maybe that’s because it’s my mission as well.”

Sports Illustrated to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Swimsuit Issue With Book

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Sports Illustrated and Time Home Entertainment are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Swimsuit Issue with a new book.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful is a 304-page book featuring more than 500 photos of bathing beauties from across the decades.

The issue launched as an eight-page travel piece, before becoming a top selling annual issue for the magazine with a circulation of more than 70 million readers. Models in the book include: Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks and Brooklyn Decker among many others.

‘The Rothschild Playbook’ Returns to Auction

rothschildprayerbookThe Rothschild Prayerbook, a Renaissance manuscript with illustrations from early 16th century artists including Gerard Horenbout and Simon Bening, is up for auction from Christie’s.

The last time the book went on sale back in 1999, it fetched $13 million setting a world record for its category.

Here is more about the book from the auction listing: “Among the highlights of this hand-painted Book of Hours is an exquisite miniature with the Virgin and child on a crescent moon, one of a group of illuminations by the painter Gerard David. Boasting an illustrious provenance, it joined the fabled collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century.”

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