14 January 2009

The old book gets a new look.

I love, love, love books. I love to read them, but I really love to stockpile the ones with great covers. Of course, thrift stores and estate sales are the greatest source for the super cheap finds (we're talking 50 cents to 2 bucks). That being said, I've got piles and piles laying around, lacking a home and lacking organization. (Maybe it's time to create a Curious Morgan Decimal System.) Anyway, what I'm getting at is that old book covers are incredible!

Since the Kindle came out and gained the all holy Oprah's endorsement, the publishing industry has taken another big hit. I'd be devastated to see the book die. Anyway, when the times change, you'll find that books change, too. And I'm not just talking about the content. The layouts, the cover art, the size of the book will change in response to the changing world it occupies. For example, after the Great Depression Simon and Schuster created the first paperback book and forever changed the publishing industry!

I have to face it, Kindle will change the way we read and how what we read is produced. But I KNOW the book will not die. It will just change a little bit...


British publisher and design company, Tank Books, has launched a series of books that "pay homage" to the classic design of the cigarette pack. The abridged volumes fit inside a cigarette pack with exact dimensions, and the designs are just fantastic. They're whole thing is that the cigarette pack has passed the test of time--and with the book being threatened, they're putting the literary classics in a classic package. I LOVE these. So smart. And the series comes in a metal cigarette box.

The series includes:

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Ernest Hemingway's The Undefeated and The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony

Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, The Phantom Rickshaw, and Black Jack

Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych and Father Sergius

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