Serving the sentence: The New Yorker's Book Bench blog reports on a clever project by Electric Literature: recruiting visual artists to create short animations of single sentences from authors such as Aimee Bender, Rick Moody, and Michael Cunningham. A sample:
Trail blazers: Peter Robins at the Guardian looks at the emerging trend of jacketless hardcovers, calling them "unnecessary and vulnerable encumbrance[s]." Collectible dealers may disagree.
"Imagine if you will": Not exactly news (or even book news, for that matter), but this 1981 story from KRON TV (San Francisco) on the first newspapers to test the waters of the Internet is interesting, if only for ironic hindsight: a mention of "both local San Francisco newspapers," and an editor's remark that they're "not in it to make money."