We came across a variety of book news this weekend that we simply have to share with Okie Reads visitors…
Now this is a book!! John James Audubon’s Birds of America sold at auction in London earlier this month for $11.5 million, making it the world’s most expensive monograph. The book is more than three feet tall and two feet wide and has 435 illustrations by the master naturalist. Wow!
Judging a Book by it’s Cover. CBS Sunday Morning ran a great piece on the importance of cover art in marketing books. Read more and watch the video.
Google’s amazing and not-so-amazing Ngram Viewer. Google has digitized more than 5 million books since 2004. This new product from Google Labs lets you trace the usage of a word or phrase during the past five centuries. But, before you get too excited I’ll share an experience with you. I typed in the word “Email” and saw that it had been used as early as the mid 1800′s. Say what?! Clicking on the time period, I received a link to an actual page that included the word “email.” Except it wasn’t the word “email.” It was the word “small.” (Looks like human sentience beat stupid software robot this time.) Actually, we think Ngram Viewer has a great future and will provide some wonderful research assistance in the future; especially if the software giant employs actual thinking beings to check the scans.
DADT Comic Book?! The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was all over the news this weekend, but this article was a real find. Seems a department of the U.S. Army published a comic book to explain the policy to our men and women in uniform. You can read the whole comic by clicking here. (Bet our U.S. Government Information librarians knew about this strange little document all along!)