24 Nov 2010

Out of Print: nice clothes for literature lovers

I  have just come across this website in The New Yorker's Blog The Book Bench. This is part of the gift guide for the art and design geek.  Out of print has some fantastic t-shirts and good purposes: they donate a book to Africa for each purchase. This is the description of their mission:

Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.
We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.

In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partnerBooks For Africa.   

How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It's unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it's more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it's forever changed. 

What’s your story? Wear it proud.

And  these are some of the wonderful t-shirts. Santa, I want them!

16 Nov 2010

Reading without tears. Part I.

This book has always been in my house. I've always loved old books, a  passion which increased when I worked in a bookshop in Edinburgh where they taught me how to repair old editions.  Reading without tears  was published in 1911 so I guess it belonged to my grandparents. I wish I could have more information but I would need to go to a medium. So I can only express my long time fascination with this book and share it with you.