Monday, 8 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Ebook sales falling

Ebook sales for the UK’s five biggest publishers fell in 2015, according to a new report in the Bookseller, collectively declining 2.4%, to 47.9m units. It is the drop in numbers of books sold in this medium for the “big five” since the digital age began... “For those who predicted the death of the physical book, and digital dominating the market by the end of this decade, the print and digital sales figures from the big five for 2015 might force a reassessment,” wrote the Bookseller’s features editor Tom Tivnan.
The Guardian

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Giotto


Round bookcase made of lacquered white MDF and teak wood or zebrawood. This original round bookcase is obtained with the same technique that is employed in the creation of wooden drum shells for percussion instruments  that are made of wooden horizontal layers
Villa

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Fishbone shelf

A modular shelf resembling herring fish bones that can be arranged in a variety of ways. The back panel is made of multi-layered plywood while the shelving surface is made from extremely thin curved sheet-metal.
Fancy.com

Friday, 22 January 2016

Mini mobile libraries in Seoul


The ‘mobile library’ project is part of a larger initiative by the Seoul Innovation Park, and the city of Seoul, South Korea to revitalize a site originally occupied by the ministry of food and drug safety. a number of social companies and startups have been gathered, and will continually work from the site to address various social issues in the city.
Designboom and Archiworkshop

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Improbable Libraries on Australia's ABC

Mark Sutton and Zoe Norton Lodge love libraries. In fact, Mark’s parents met in a library and his mother is a former librarian. But when in history did the concept of a library first emerge? What were some of the most famous libraries from history? What are some of the most unusual libraries around the world? And what challenges assail the library in the modern day?
[I'm talking about unusual libraries around the world from around the 36:30 mark]
ABC

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Search for Tiny Libraries in New Zealand


Dotting the countryside of New Zealand are dozens of tiny libraries – freestanding buildings that serve as meeting places, resource centres and lending libraries for the smaller regions located between larger urban areas. While New Zealand’s national public library culture thrives, these unassuming structures, having survived regular floods, aging populations, and the rise of the Internet, are mostly alive and continue to provide books for local readers. 
BBC World Service