‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 12th February 2013

"72% of Japanese consumers don't want to try ebooks" - If you're a champion of the physical book, and you're feeling glum because it feels like ebooks are taking over the world, then you need to get yourself along to the CNN Tech website where a … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 11th February 2013

Sylvia Plath reads Lady Lazurus - On this, the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death, the Open Culture website points to a 1962 BBC recording of Plath reading her poem, Lady Lazurus. The 50 most influential books by women? - On the Guardian … [Read more...]

Book Bites: Jane Mount in motion, Book Bricks, Indy’s 50 best winter reads

Thessaly La Force's 'ideal bookshelf' - While I'm sure many of you would have already seen the extraordinarily gorgeous bookish art of Jane Mount, few would have bore witness to the creation of her art, in motion. Well, thanks to the Paris Review we … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 1st October 2012

Skip the Paris Cafés And Get a Good Pen - A few days ago novelist and short story writer Mark Helprin offered some sound and gloriously writing advice of a retro nature, in the Wall Street Journal's Word Craft column. Aside from advocating the use … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 7th September 2011

Meet Charles Mysak, cigar-puffing bookseller extraordinaire - I've always been a fan of strong real-life characters, and there are certainly plenty of those in the wonderful world of books. Take cigar-puffing Charles Mysak, who has sold books on the … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 6th September 2011

Man Booker shortlist announced - Although I'm not a fan of the unfair amount of coverage it gets, I'm always interested to see what books make it on to the Man Booker shortlist every year. You may remember that the longlist announcement caused quite … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 29th August 2011

Taking Murakami to the stage - The Economist has a nice little write up on the new Haruki Murakami play which has been taking Edinburgh by storm this past week. Adapted from Murakami's novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Stephen Earnhart's adaptation … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Saturday 13th August 2011

Readers like spoilers - According to researchers at U.C. San Diego people prefer to know how a story ends before they read it. A team at the university ran three separate experiments using twelve short stories - from the likes of Chekhov, Updike, and … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Friday 12th August 2011

Touring the literary hotspots of Edinburgh - If you ever wanted an easy to follow Google Maps-based interactive guide to the places in Edinburgh which are settings in books, you're in luck. The good people of Edinburgh City Libraries have produced an … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 5th August 2011

Melville House announce HybridBook project - Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House has released details of a new publishing innovation which launches on August 16th. Hybridbook combines the traditional form of the printed book with an electronic … [Read more...]