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The Kindle Of 1922 Looks Super Uncomfortable

Think of it as an early version of the Kindle, except from a time when Amazon was still just the name of a river.


This Book Of Countless Cameras Is An Ode To Analogue Photo Nerds

If you have that obsession with camera gear that so many of us behold, you’ll want to check out the new book Tokyo Camera Style. It’s based on the website of the same name, which gathers snapshots of everyday folks and their coveted shooter of choice.


If You Love Computers, This Novel Should Be On Your Must-Read List

Liu Cixin’s science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and it has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It’s a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming — and it also contains the most awe-inspiring description of computers I’ve ever read.


The World-Changing Technology You Completely Forgot About

“Technology” normally means a gadget — but really, it’s any technical invention that solves problems and improves lives. Often, the most important tech is the one you take completely for granted. Like shipping containers, which are explored in a book called The Box, which is one of the most fascinating things I’ve read in years.


A Coffee Table Book That Turns Into A Coffee Table Isn't The Worst Idea

We all laughed at Kramer’s transforming coffee table coffee table book on Seinfeld (or maybe it was just the laugh track), but it turns out it’s not actually a terrible idea. Or at least the version created by Mike Mak isn’t. Using a combination of traditional book-binding techniques and a paper honeycomb structure, the Bookniture can actually support up to 170kg so it can be used as a portable stool.


A Glimpse Inside The Hidden Vault Where Harvard Keeps Millions Of Books

Harvard’s flagship library, Widener, is an imposing granite cube built quite literally as shrine to the book. A central alcove cuts through the stacks to show off a prized relic: an original Gutenberg bible. But this is not the heart of Harvard’s libraries. No, that would be its cold storage site, an anonymous concrete building few students or even faculty know about.


Childhood Stripped Of All Joy By 'Where's Wally' Search Algorithm

“Where’s Wally” used to be a simple past-time for kids, a beacon of innocence and simplicity in a sea of iPads. But no more. Now it is just another problem to be disrupted along the path to endless efficiency.


This Is Why Glowing Jellyfish Proteins Have Revolutionised Medicine

In his new book Illuminating Disease, chemist Marc Zimmer explains how fluorescent proteins have changed science. Taken from glowing jellyfish, these proteins are now one of the most important tools in medicine, used in everything from brain mapping to disease research. And yes, that is a GMO glowing chicken.


You Only Have 24 Hours To Read This Self-Destructing Book

If you thought blockbuster movies were the only form of entertainment that relied on over-the-top publicity stunts, you were wrong; it’s alive and well in the book world as well. James Patterson’s new thriller, Private Vegas, will not only be made available as 1000 free digital copies that will self-delete after 24 hours. There will also be a one-of-a-kind physical copy wired to self-destruct after the same time frame.


Adorable Desk Lamp Bookmark Sheds Light On The Last Page You Read

If you needed a good reason to hold onto your collection of classic tomes instead of replacing them all with a Kindle, here it is. The folks at Peleg Design have created what has to be one of the most adorable bookmarks ever with this tiny reading lamp that casts its soft beam onto whatever page you were last reading. Trying use this on your fancy ereader.