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Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes

“Hollywood is driving library borrowing habits like never before – and Australian authors without film-book tie-ins are struggling to find a mass readership.With the film version starring Emily Blunt soon to be released, British writer Paula Hawkins’ novel of a vanished wife, The Girl on the Train, has topped the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand for the past 12 months.Overseas crime thrillers from James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, John Grisham and four from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series also dominated the top 20 list of best borrowed books.” (via SMH)

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Birthday gift takes leaf from mom’s life, benefits Chicago Public School school with books

“When Geraldine Williamson was a young mother raising five kids in suburban Riverwoods, books were her passport to some necessary mental alone time.”I’d just say to the kids, ‘You stay here. Mother is going on vacation,’ and I’d stretch out on the couch and read while I kept an eye on them,” Williamson said. “That’s what books are, a vacation.”She and her late husband, Gordon, a schoolteacher, brought up their children to believe books were indispensable; that the library and the book rummage sale provided doors to recreation, education, and a richer life. Geraldine’s years as a volunteer at the Vernon Area Public Library District and as the book organizer for rummage sales at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield only reinforced that.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Artist never judges a book by its cover – Weekend

“Mike Stilkey can’t stand to see books discarded. Instead, he aims to “give them a new life” by creating works of art out of them. First, Stilkey, 40, heads to local libraries to find books that are about to be thrown out. Then he stacks them on top of one another to make a sculpture of sorts and glues them together. Each ends up looking “like a giant Lego puzzle,” he said.Then he paints on the collection of bindings. Often he doesn’t know what he’s going to paint until his brush touches the surface.” (via LA Times)

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The Custodian of Forgotten Books

“A little over a decade ago, a forgotten book was suddenly remembered. Its second life began when a fiction writer referenced it in a book of her own. A blogger read the new book, then tracked down a copy of the old one, and wrote about all this on his Web site. An archivist read the blog post and e-mailed it to a small publisher. By 2009, Jetta Carleton’s “The Moonflower Vine,” first published in 1962, was back in print.” (via The New Yorker)

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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

“The Internet has not killed the book.For film critic David Denby, this wasn’t immediately obvious. He would watch kids hunched over their phones — on the subway, in coffee shops, walking down the street — and wonder: Are kids still learning to read books?Denby, who is best known for his work in The New Yorker, went back to high school to find out. He describes his experience in Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives.” (via NPR)

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Serial Reader for iPhone Dishes Out Short Snippets of Classic Fiction Daily

“iOS: Finding time to read is hard, but if you fancy yourself a fan of classic literature, from the likes of Jane Austen, Jules Verne, or Charles Dickens, then Serial Reader’s a clever app that allows you to essentially subscribe to classic books in a serial format that’s sent to you daily.” (via Lifehacker)

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You Can Buy Famous People’s Dog-Eared Books—For a Good Cause

“FEW THINGS CAN make fandom seem like pathology as fast as collecting celebrity memorabilia. Having one of Paul Newman’s race cars? Awesome. Having a Newman-O you stole straight from his mouth? Maybe not so much. The more likely you could use it to clone someone, the creepier it is. Thankfully, books fall well within the safe zone—and thanks to an auction starting today, you can even use your love of a particular celeb to help others.” (via WIRED)

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Blind dates with romance novels

“Two sleepy cats greet patrons at A Novel Idea bookstore. Eddie, who is more retriever than cat, according to his owner, rubs up against costumers, pushing them toward the rows of used books, luring them through the cozy room toward the row of blind dates.”It’s the only blind date that you’re sure won’t stalk you later,” Cinnamon Dokken said.But this local bookstore in downtown Lincoln, Neb., isn’t a hub for singles and matchmaking; rather, these “blind dates” come wrapped in brown paper with written taglines or short phrases alluding to the contents of the book inside.” (via (Chicago Tribune)

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Your Bookshelves Are At the Heart of New Book Discovery Engine

“When Canadian engineer Peter Hudson started BitLit Media two years ago, a big part of the idea was to start an app (now known as Shelfie) that would enable readers to get a heavily discounted or free copy of an e-book by taking a picture of their bookshelf. Hudson built on that premise this fall with the addition of Shelfie Recommendations, a part of the app that Hudson hopes will be an alternative to PWBTAB (people who bought this also bought) recommendations, which have long been used for online book discovery.” (via PW)

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Rinse, Spin, Read To Kids: It’s A Mashup Of Laundromat and Library

“Poor mothers often spend way too much time hunched over a washboard. What if they could use those hours to curl up with their kids and read a book instead? A group of friends at Oxford University plans to find out by developing a combination childhood education and laundry services center, a concept they’ve dubbed a “Libromat.” The five team members have extensive backgrounds in childhood education, and they pooled their talents to apply for the 2015 Hult Prize, a $1 million award for young social entrepreneurs tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.” (via NPR)

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