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Mo Willems
ET has a fun interview with one of my favourite kids authors, Mo Willems, and a pre-view of his new Pigeon app.

Light reading
When an e-reader is loaded with thousands of books, does it gain any weight? Yes (but not much).

Reading by the lb.
Good thing Kindle doesn't "...sell books by the pound — $3.99/lb"

Tintin lessons

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Punctuation
whats the future of punctuation in the face of the internet

Data visualization
Who needs writers to tell stories?

Jonzeing for books
What do the books do after the shop closes?

Poet baker

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Occupy Libraries
Growing tired of drum circles? Try a book.

Model Sex
Ever wonder who the models were in the original Joy Of Sex? I always thought they looked like a couple of dirty hippies, but whatever floats your boat. The BBC looks back.

Wharton Writin'

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Book-o-lanterns
In honour of Hallowe'en, a gallery of literary Jack-O'-Lanterns, c/o Flavorwire.

Book bugs
Free pets with books withdrawn from Vancouver public libraries!

Tolkien drawings
100 rare Tolkien drawings were recently discovered at the Bodliean. More samples here.

Chip's Murakami

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Disappearing books.
Books have been vanishing since long, long before the advent of e-books. Here are the top-ten vanished books, according to Smithsonian.com.

Maus Art
Art Spiegleman has written called Meta Maus, about making Maus, his famous graphic novel about the Holocaust, and to promote the new book he has made a video about the making of the book about the making of Maus. (c/o LA Times)

Book burners

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Missfire

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Bookselling today
So you want to work in a bookstore, eh? Think it might be stimulating, fun and easy? Well, too bad, there are no more bookstores, so you will have to go work in this circle of Hell instead.

Ebert
The intriguing Roger Ebert has a memoir out, and The Atlantic excerpts some of his thoughts on writing, with slides!

Get a little library in your life

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Reasons to disbelieve evolution
Daniel Loxton's illustrated kids book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be has won the prestigious Lane Anderson Award for science writing in Canada. As explained at DiscoveryNews, Anderson apparently couldn't get the book published in the USA because the subject was deemed by publishers to be too controversial.

Gorey

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Cory Doctor...ow!
Cory Doctorow's piece on book marketing is a bitter pill, but one that a lot of (young) writers need to swallow: "...most books – even those that are deservedly well-loved by publishers, readers, and booksellers – make hardly a ripple on release and fade away to nothing before you know it."

Touchy feely
Touchscreens be damned, there's much to be said for the tactile quality of a book.

Ray Bradbury, science guy

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