A Dizzying Drone's-Eye View of How the NY Public Library Sorts Books

Your friendly local librarian hasn't been replaced by technology just yet, but that doesn't mean the library itself hasn't benefitted from a few modern upgrades. Wrangling special-order books and DVDs between the New York Public Libary's 150 branches is a daunting task, but it's actually made surprisingly efficient… » 7/09/14 11:00am Wednesday 11:00am

The Books Everyone Starts and No One Finishes, According to Amazon

Picking up a book is gratifying: look at me, not reading dumb listicles on the internet! Finishing a book, however, is a challenge. Which of this summer's top-selling books have the highest reader attrition? Dr. Jordan Ellenberg has a semi-scientific way to find out, using buyer-generated info from Amazon to identify… » 7/06/14 4:00pm 7/06/14 4:00pm

Read In the Rain With this Inflatable, Waterproof Life Jacket For Books

There are many reasons to abandon printed books for an electronic reader like the Kindle—not the least of which being an option to completely waterproof it. But paper books can now boast the same ability to shrug off a soaking with this inflatable floating life jacket that lets you keep reading wherever it's wet. » 7/02/14 4:00pm 7/02/14 4:00pm

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

What's most notable about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is that the epic science fiction adventure was made using old-school practical special effects, well before computer graphics became a staple of the film industry. So when someone like Taschen releases a four-volume book set detailing the film's… » 6/21/14 7:00pm 6/21/14 7:00pm

Apple Is Happy to Take Your Money if Amazon Won't

Fresh off of settling a lawsuit that accused it of collusion with publishers, Apple is ready to take the money you were planning to give to Amazon but can't. Since Amazon is in a fight with Hachette—the world's largest bookstore and one of the world's largest publishers respectively—and refuses to let customers… » 6/17/14 5:05pm 6/17/14 5:05pm

Yep, Harvard Really Does Have a Book Bound in Human Skin

This past April brought disappointing (but relieving?) news that a book long suspected to be bound in human skin in Harvard's library was, in fact, bound in sheepskin. Nothing here, move along, right? But no! Now Harvard has confirmed, for the first time ever, one of its other books is indeed sheathed in human skin. » 6/04/14 7:20pm 6/04/14 7:20pm

A Coloring Book For Those Who've Mastered Staying Inside the Lines

Remember how your parents and grade school teachers kept chiding you to make sure you only colored within the lines? And you wondered why it was so important? Well, here's your answer. Peter Deligdisch's Between The Lines is a coloring book for experts that will put all of your colored pencil and crayon skills to the… » 5/21/14 5:00pm 5/21/14 5:00pm

Hilarious Ebook Scanning Error Replaces "Arms" With "Anus"

Well, this is awkward. You're reading a 19th-century romance novel where the plucky heroine is finally reunited with her lover, so she joyously flings "her anus around his neck." Wait, what? It turns out this is a surprisingly common turn of events in Google Books search. OCR, you sure have some kinky tastes. » 5/06/14 4:40pm 5/06/14 4:40pm

These ads explain why books are always better than movies

Everyone with wrinkles on their brains knows that the book is almost always better than the movie. The book can do so much more! Your personal vision is only limited by your imagination! The little details and subtleties are allowed to breath better! These ads explain it rather perfectly saying, "a big part of the… » 5/02/14 9:01pm 5/02/14 9:01pm

10 Questions From Science Fiction That We're Glad Were Never Answered

We tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as being like mystery novels — the story is over when you solve the case. So we obsess over questions that have no answers. But here are 10 questions that are better unanswered, either because the possibilities are fascinating or because the answers would be terrible. » 4/29/14 5:19pm 4/29/14 5:19pm

10 Distinctive American Libraries That Give Books A Good Home

Hey, let's all take a quick minute right now to acknowledge those brilliant beacons of books—free books, for goodness sake!—that dot towns across the country. The Public Library, a new hardback by photographer Robert Dawson, offers a poignant look at the incredible architectural range of these community hubs. » 4/08/14 9:00am 4/08/14 9:00am

A Compact Toolbox That Camouflages Itself As a Book On Your Shelf

Hunting down your toolbox and finding the right tool for a quick fix is never really 'quick' enough. And it usually leads to an ever-growing to-do list of things to fix around the house. Here's a better solution: Strelka's ToolBook lets you hide a basic set of screwdrivers and hex wrenches on a bookshelf, so they're… » 4/01/14 10:20am 4/01/14 10:20am