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For those diehard readers who wonder if they can ever make the switch to e-readers, here’s one cool site that might make you think twice. It’s a collection of some wonderful book covers that have been created over the years (courtesy of Moby Lives). Some of my favorites are those wonderful pulp designs for Dashiel…

A Book By Its Cover

For those diehard readers who wonder if they can ever make the switch to e-readers, here’s one cool site that might make you think twice. It’s a collection of some wonderful book covers that have been created over the years (courtesy of Moby Lives). Some of my favorites are those wonderful pulp designs for Dashiel Hammett.

More than 1,000 covers have been collected and archived here. Created by Ben Pieratt of General Projects and Eric Jacobsen of Whisky Van Gogh Go., the site is in beta testing right now, but many features have already been added. The creators even encourage readers to submit their own favorites. You will also find more archives of covers created by individual designers, resources for how-to books, and further discussion about the art of creating great book covers. For readers who love fonts, typography and design, this is a wonderful site. Here’s to ink on paper.

Posted by Joel on April 18 2009 • Books

The Homeless Harvard Square Bookseller

I came across this story recently. Just last summer I had the chance to visit this man’s Harvard Square book stand. It seems that he has finally succumbed to the beuracracy who didn’t want him there.

Posted by Joel on April 05 2009 • Books

Old Growth Media

Noted author Steven Johnson writes about old and new media, and the transition underway in today’s media environment. It’s not a one-sided analysis of the media, neither simply championing change nor complaining about the demise of old media.

Johnson believes that newspapers should have thought about online ventures and the value of their “brand” as outlets for news and information long ago. Had they thought about developing the new distribution models instead of getting into the game late, they may have found themselves in a different position today. “ There should have been a ten-year evolutionary process: the ecosystem steadily diversifying and establishing its complex relationships, the new business models evolving, the papers slowly transferring from print to digital, along with the advertisers. Instead, the financial meltdown – and some related over-leveraging by the newspaper companies themselves – has taken what should have been a decade-long process and crammed it down into a year or two.”

For detailed analysis about the developing digital media landscape, check out this recent article in Strategy + Business.

Posted by Joel on April 05 2009 • Journalism