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Pop
Flavorpill has a gallery of the best pop-up books for adults. (It's not quite as dirty as it sounds, but still fun.)

Penny
Feeling cheap? A new search engine finds books with price tags of one penny.

Search
Speaking of search engines, Online Colleges rounds up 50 of the best for readers.

Booze

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

451
In memory of Ray Bradbury, Tumbler "All The Covers" shares a collection of Fahrenheit 451 covers.

Jackets

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Poemotion
Here's a video of one of the coolest books I've seen in a long time: Poemotion by Takahiro Kurashima. It is a very simple form of animation, that uses printed patterns viewed through a scree that you slide across the page. Sorry, that doesn't do it justice.

Crafty
Got some old books? There's a new book out about how to destroy them, and make some art (or at least craft) in the process. All is explained by video, of course.

Dull

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Adams
The e-book reader is the “new” stone tablet, and that’s a good thing. Or so said Douglas Adams (via promotional video) back in the early 1990s.

Orange

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Cute
Author Tahir Shah interviews his own children, Ariane and Timur, about his book The Caliph's House, which chronicles their experience moving to Casablanca. It's a cute and refreshing video. The kids are dressed in pyjamas and one has even found a mistake in the book.

Bookies
Who needs books (aside from movie producers)? Here (c/o Book Browse) are trailers for eleven movies coming out this summer based on books. The first one makes me want to punch my computer.

Flash

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Mom
Awful Library Books, a site that cleverly collects questionable library holdings, offers a gem for Mothers Day: a 1952 book of plays, dialogues, recitations, exercises and monologues dedicated to the day. What fun.

Building
I recently posted about buildings made out of books. Well, here are ten buildings inspired by books (c/o Flavorwire).

Infographic

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Purple
As writer Barbara Lampert reminds us, Doctor Johnson once famously advised, “Read over your compositions and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” Lampert has created a sort of online graveyard for such stuff, where she has invited writers to send her their purple prose that's been red inked.

Daffodils

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Libraries
Some of this we've seen before in other similar galleries, but some of it is new (to me at least). The Vancouver Sun has a gallery of the 12 Coolest Libraries in the World. (their title, not mine)

Reviews

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Open
What happens when you invite censors to a book fair? Jonathan Mirsky of the New York Review of Books' blog offers a fascinating account of his encounters with such creatures at the recent London Book Fair.

Movement
Hey, take your books and get the hell out of here! Flavorwire offers a gallery of a dozen "Incredibly Unique Bookmobiles around the World".

Opulence

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