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Tue, September 2nd, 2008
How do you train a paper engineer?
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’d better post something while my blog is working–I’m still having some esoteric technical issues locally. Galleycat linked to this video, Sam Ita’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, that sheds some light on the process of designing pop-up books: While I agree with Ron that it “arguably features more music than it needs, and less […]


Mon, August 4th, 2008
Judging Books by an Extremely Narrow Portion of Their Covers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Under the Covers, Lisa Chellman takes a look at a rarely discussed aspect of book design: the spine. She makes an excellent point that publishers would do well to heed: In libraries and bookstores, where face-out shelving is at a premium, readers’ first impression of a book isn’t the cover. It’s the spine.


Mon, July 21st, 2008
Taking Stock of Book Covers
Posted by: Keir Graff

Galleycat links to a Slate piece (“Everyone Will Be Lonely Eight Months from Now,” by Seth Stevenson), whose exploration of “the weird science of stock photography” mentions a different kind of book-jacket trend: the ubiquity of Jennifer Anderson. Of course, it is possible for an image to become too popular. A few years ago, a model/actress living […]


Wed, July 9th, 2008
What We Did at Conference Part 3: Not All Doom and Gloom
Posted by: Mary Ellen Quinn

For the editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and in fact for anyone involved in any way with reference publishing, an ALA conference can be a sobering experience.  The recent ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim was no exception.  On Friday evening, I attended the Books for Youth Forum and got a face full of  fun (excited audience, upbeat […]


Mon, June 23rd, 2008
Warming Global?
Posted by: Keir Graff

In New York (“A Warming Trend“), Christopher Bonanos noticed a sweet new book-jacket trend:                         I love this stuff, although I usually find out about it second-hand: most of the books that I review have plain paper covers. Seen a good trend lately? Let […]


Wed, June 18th, 2008
From Darkness to Light
Posted by: Keir Graff

How this book cover: . . . . turned into this one:   From Publishers Weekly (“Little, Brown’s After the Fire Jacket, Before and After,” by Lynn Andriani): Editor Geoff Shandler explained: “We had a good response to the type jacket, but there was thought that was it too abstract in some way. When the […]


Wed, June 4th, 2008
“But I need the stupid things.”
Posted by: Keir Graff

Just read a terrific essay by Luc Sante about his personal library (“The Book Collection That Devoured My Life,” the Wall Street Journal): I’m not a snob about books, but I’m probably a show-off — as who isn’t? My showing-off is of a pretty low-key if not completely abstruse sort, though. No one has ever […]


Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Front Covers: A Trend with Legs
Posted by: Keir Graff

For those of you interested in judging books by their front covers, PRINT Magazine chronicles a trend with legs (“One Leg Leads to Another,” by Steven Heller). (Thanks, Dan!)


Tue, March 4th, 2008
The Everything Book of Daring, Dangerous, & Michievous Stuff
Posted by: Keir Graff

Frankly, I think boys and girls now have too many options for everything: danger, mischief, and…um, stuff.  


Fri, February 29th, 2008
Book Hacking: Not as Terrifying as It Sounds
Posted by: Keir Graff

More timely old stuff: lifehacker’s 13 Book Hacks for the Library Crowd. Most of us spend a lot of time in the virtual world these days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good book every now and then. From your local library to the classroom to the bookstore, there are a lot of tools […]





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