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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.


A Recipe Book For The Coolest DIY Projects You Never Knew How To Do 

Building an anechoic chamber. Mapping the Wi-Fi in your building. Listening to the Earth with piezo microphones. These are all fascinating projects, and we’ve featured artists and engineers who have done them here on Giz before. But now, there’s a book in which they explain how.


The Endangered Art Of Product Design Sketching, Explained By The Pros 

When it comes to design, nothing beats a model. But it’s also hard to overstate the importance of being able to draw while you develop an idea — whether by hand or by computer. In a new book out in December, two of the best discuss the fine art of, well, art.


Gift Guide: Bill Gates' Favourite Books Of 2014 Are The Smart Gifts For The Holidays

Watch Bill Gates — in Lego form no less! — tell you about his favourite books of 2014, an impeccable list that has a little bit of everything for everyone. I’ve included all his recommendations and short reviews below so you can easily buy any of them. I recommend getting all of them for yourself too. Good stuff.


30 Years Of Amazing Criterion Collection Art Packed Into A Single Book

Today the Criterion Collection released a 306-page book full of the designs it has commissioned since 1984, including covers, supplemental art, concept art and more. Criterion Designs is a coffee table book we can all believe in.


7 Pieces Of Album Art From The Golden Age Of Disco Design

What’s hot, sweaty and filled with sexual innuendo? I’m talking about disco — what did you think I was talking about? — but I’m also talking about the design that was created to sell this era of suddenly decadent lifestyles.


Barbie F**ks It Up Again

I recently paid a visit to my sweet friend Helen Jane and was excited to find this book at her house. (The second book of the “2 Books in 1!” is “Barbie [i can be…] an Actress.” We’ll get to that later.) Helen Jane has two little girls under the age of six. I have a daughter who is almost two. “This is great!” I said. “Barbie wants to be a computer engineer! And fifty stickers!”


The Choose Your Own Adventure Books Were The First Interactive Games

Since 1975 the Choose Your Own Adventure books have given millions of kids the chance to determine their own destinies (at least in a literary sense). Sadly, the author and publisher of those books, R.A. Montgomery, died this week. But he leaves behind an incredible legacy in both publishing and, perhaps surprisingly, gaming as well.


These Iconic Road Trips Make You Want To Grab A Camera And Just Drive

The road trip is one of the great American photographic traditions. Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a new book published by Aperture, revisits the journeys of 18 influential photographers as they set out in search of weird, beautiful and unknown things to point their cameras at.


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