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'Straight Up' Climate Book Drops

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New book by influential blogger described as a "must-read" by Al Gore.

Readers of Joseph Romm's Climate Progress blog, an offshoot of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, are familiar with the writer's sharp wit and tight prose. With his new book 'Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions,' followers get the chance to experience it in cullulose......read more

The Joy of Books

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Sean Ohlenkamp brings a bookstore to life after dark

E-readers are handy, but can a Kindle do this? At Type Books in Toronto, the books come to life after hours, dancing in choreographed stop-motion to spread a positive message about the printed word. "The Joy of Books," created by Toronto ad man Sean Ohlenkamp, his wife, Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp, and 20 volunteers, has set the internet ablaze, with two million plus views to date. If,......read more

Book: Natural Histories

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Extraordinary rare prints from the American Museum of Natural History Library $25.00

Published late in 2012, Natural Histories offers a rare glimpse of seldom-seen, fully illustrated essays from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. And it's not just for armchair scientists. Included in the clamshell package are 40 prints of extraordinary illustrations, printed in quality stock, just begging to be framed. From the curation to the printing, this is a......read more

'Sustainable [R]evolution' by Juliana Birnbaum & Louis Fox

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The only book you need on the permaculture revolution $25.00

Sustainable [R]evolution brings together urban gardeners, native seed-saving collectives and ecovillage developments in a lavish book about the burgeoning permaculture movement. Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum and award-winning filmmaker Louis Fox, the book features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and......read more

Human Nature by Anna Mia Davidson

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Crowdfunded photo book documents sustainable farming communities in the Northwest $60.00

A while back we posted some Anna Mia Davidson images of small scale farming activities in the Pacific Northwest. Now that series of photos is being collected in a book, Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest, alongside an essay from the photographer: "Davidson’s photographs highlight over ten small farms throughout the region; the book opens with an honest and......read more

You Are Here: Photos by Chris Hadfield

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Astronaut publishes book of awe-inspiring space photography

Chris Hadfield has added published photographer to an already impressive list of credentials that includes engineer, astronaut and YouTube sensation. In his new book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, he shares his personal snaps of planet Earth shot while living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The book’s 150 stunning images are all new to the public (Hadfield's......read more

Black Books, "Favorite Place"

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An awesome stop-motion video threaded together by Christophe Thockler

Christophe Thockler is one talented dude. The French designer/animator is responsible for the this bit of stop-motion genius for "Favorite Place" by Austin, TX-based band Black Books. The video features "10 000 photos, 1 km of thread, 350 reels of thread, 73 000 embroidery stitches, 6 kg of fabric scraps, 100 needles and sewing pins." From the creator: A playful and (I hope) creative video for......read more

Inbook Charging Station

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Old books given new lives as unique and smart charging docks $49.00

Rich Neeley Designs rescues discarded books from certain landfill death, or from their dreary existence in the dark recesses of a bookshelf. Their goal is to bring more books into your life. Each book they meet passes an "exceptionally rare and wonderful" screening prior to being given a new life as a charger. As a comparitive lit major, Brenna chooses to recycle only those books that haven't......read more

Book Ends by dashdot

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An X-shaped new function for old books. $20.00

Book Ends give old books a new lease on life. Designed by Daniel Ballou (of dashdot studio), Book Ends are made entirely from two books – no glue, no fasteners. Rubber feet keep them from sliding. Perfect for a tabletop or bedside stash of reading material. Priced at $20 for one or $35 for a pair, exclusively from Open bookstore. Email to order....read more

Xylobook Blank Books

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Made from recycled archival paper and salvaged hardwood scraps. $45.00

Handmade in Portland, Xylobooks are a collaboration between arts press Container Corps and Jonathan Nussbaum, a local furniture maker who crafts the book covers using hardwood scraps salvaged from furniture production. High-quality, recycled archival paper, cotton twill tape, and tiny iron nails create a simple, sturdy object. Available in Bigleaf Maple, Western Walnut, or Cherry....read more

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