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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
With the exception of the last one, this is kinda sad: The Ten Most Read Books In The World.

Artifacts
Investigating the book as an artifact, Harvard University professor Leah Price has come up with some pretty interesting theories about how people use books (other than reading them), reports The Boston Globe

Dirt
Not to be outdone by Leah Price above, I guess, Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland has devised a method to analyze the popularity of ancient texts by the amount of dirt on their pages, reports Smithsonian Mag.

Underground
In 2009, I asked a bookseller what the book store of the future will look like, here’s what I was told: “Booksellers will operate in a black market situation in an underground economy with booksellers minding portable tables and stalls under bridges and overpasses looking over their shoulder constantly on alert for the police who will shut them down for lack of a proper vending permit.” Well, it seems we won’t have to wait until 2039.

Sales
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Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

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