Monday, October 7, 2013

Variations on a Theme: Three Shiny Books.

Three shiny books, because that seemed like enough to warrant a picstitch! Or, at the very least, they’re a nice shiny tonic to ward off this dreary, rainy day.

Featured: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo There Below, and Tao Lin’s Taipei.
While we’re on the subject of these beautiful books, it seems worth mentioning that there’s been a lot of speculation about how print books will fare in a world of internet titans. Robin Sloan did a reading here last week, and one of the most interesting facets of his talk was his discussion of ebooks’ role in making print books better: namely, that designers and marketing professionals will have to level up when it comes to designing covetable physical objects. In all honesty, that’s a trend we’re ok with, because it produces things like these volumes. There’s something tactile and special about a book with shiny, glittering font or, in Sloan’s case, the glow-in-the-dark books on Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore's cover. Hoping this prophecy keeps book in print, and bookstores in business.

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