Introducing “Wink”

April 21, 2014

A site, launched late last year, devoted to highlighting books that work best in print (vs. via any sort of screen).

From Wink’s “About” page:

Every weekday Wink reviews one remarkable book that demonstrates what paper books can do. This might be an attractive oversized book that wows your coffee table, a craft book that includes materials to get you started, or a how-to book sporting an unusually handy binding. It could be a pop-up book, an atlas with pull-out maps, a stunning picture book for children, an unusual tome printed on exquisite paper. Or it could be a hardback graphic novel whose illustrations pop better in ink than in pixels.

Wink scours bookstores, libraries, flea markets, and online retailers looking for books that you must experience; books that are sensual, three dimensional, robust. We seek out artifacts that you must hold in your hands or unfold in your lap. Wink collects books that optimize what books do best on paper: open up new worlds. Our test for Winkdom is simple: would this book work as an ebook? If yes, we ignore it.

Wink’s four editors (also described on the site’s “About” page) are impressive people.

Found via an email alert from Atlanta-based booklover Barbara Dee Terry

Some Bookish Quotations

March 24, 2014

Girl Reading Book on Bench

The Huffington Post recently threw together 19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again.

As is the case with too many HuffPost bloposts, this compilation seems rather hastily-put-together rather than thoughtfully researched.

The quotation I liked best from this blogpost:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Incidentally, Green is one half of the fabulous vlogbrothers, whose backlog of zany – and informative and humane – weekly videoblogs you really should treat yourself to.

Meanwhile, you can find several hundred more bookish quotes here.

Bookish Graphic du Jour

March 17, 2014

No Distractions Graphic

Posted to Facebook by Epic Reads

Dept. of Stunning Library Photos

March 12, 2014

Connemara Public Library, Chennai

Fodor’s has posted photos of what they’re calling the “World’s 20 Most Stunning Libraries,” including the photo above (of a library in Connemara, India) which we’d never seen before.

Link posted to Facebook by libary-lover Brad Meadow Pitts

Books on Wheels

March 9, 2014


This is one of several nifty photos of various mobile libraries or book-selling carts that the excellent Book Patrol blog recently posted.


Dept. of Unusual Book Titles

March 8, 2014

Knitting... book cover

Ever come across any of these at your local library or bookstore (if you are lucky enough to have a local bookstore)?

Found at The Meta Picture via Facebook

Bookish Gift Idea du Jour

February 23, 2014


These lovely coasters are available from Anthropologie’s website. Unfortunately, they cost $40 a set. Still.

Found at To Be Shelved via Share Your Shelf via Bookslut


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