The beauty of Jane Austen’s handwriting

Jane Austen’s letter to Cassandra / Image: The British Library

In times of ugly memes shared on Twitter by Eon Musk, I need more than ever before the authentic look of handwriting and the feel of a used textured paper.

Among online collections curated by The British Library, you can find a wonderful example of the personality transferred to the paper. It’s Jane Austen’s letter to her sister Cassandra, written in April 1811.

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Read books before robots do (pics)

Adorable robots reading books – images created by DALL•E artbot

Bots who follow me on social media know it very well: I’m a little nuts about getting people to read more books.

Here is my next attempt. Some time ago, I came up with a simple line, “read books before robots do”. Now, deliberately and sarcastically, I exploit robots to help me accomplish the task.

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A quick guide to borrowing free library ebooks via OverDrive (infographic)

E-reader and print books in a library / Photo by Perfecto Capucine @

February is Library Lover’s Month. The most popular platform used by libraries to lend ebooks is OverDrive. More than 40,000 libraries and other institutions around the world are powered by that platform.

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Report: global ebook market to be worth $32 billion in 2032

A woman reading an ebook / Image: Freepik

I just got an email from Persistence Market Research, with highlights from the report on global ebook market perspectives.

According to the report, ebook sales are expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.9% between 2022 and 2032.

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7 ways to celebrate World Read-Aloud Day

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Today is World Read-Aloud Day!

Celebrated on the first Wednesday in February, it’s a global literacy initiative that encourages adults and children from around the world to celebrate the power of reading aloud and share stories with one another.

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Reader’s camo for every occasion (cartoon)

A new cartoon by Tom Gauld for the Guardian. I need a reader’s camo for a sofa, bed, and campsite. You?

Source: Tom Gauld on Tumblr

WPA posters on how to use a print book

How to use a print book – WPA posters from the collection of the Library of Congress / Images: LOC

Take a look at these lesser-known WPA posters from the Library of Congress collection. They are focused on teaching kids how to use – and how not to use – a print book.

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The beauty of a pseudo-marbling composition notebook

Vintage composition notebook design beautified to look great on dozens of products / Design by Piotr Kowalczyk @ Zazzle

A composition book is a writing notebook that consists of a stiff cardboard cover and contains around 100 pages of ruled paper.

There are thousands of cover designs available on composition notebooks, but nothing beats the iconic, old-school, black and white pattern.

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Public domain books by Hemingway and Conan Doyle are already free to download!

Books by Ernest Hemingway and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are already available on Project Gutenberg / Book covers: Project Gutenberg

Books by Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, and A.A. Milne entered the public domain on January 1, 2023.

It means that you will be able to read or reuse it without limitations. It’s because the book’s intellectual property rights have expired.

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Kingdom for a horse or a book?

Kingdom for a book – a design by Piotr Kowalczyk / Image: Reader Updated

If you read books, you’d know there is a better way to solve problems than going to wars.

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