Posts Tagged ‘Book & Lit’

The Tiger Oil Memos

07 Aug

Edward Mike Davis, CEO of the defunct Tiger Oil Company, was known for his blunt and direct communications. He often sent out memos to his employees expressing his feelings in no uncertain terms. The blog Letters of Note has a selection of these missives.

Link via The Presurfer


There Are 129,864,880 Different Books in the World

05 Aug

Google, which is engaging in extensive book digitization projects, recently set out to determine the number of distinct print books currently in existence:

After some intensive analysis, we’ve come up with a number. Standing on the shoulders of giants—libraries and cataloging organizations—and based on our computational resources and experience of organizing millions of books through our Books Library Project and Books Partner Program since 2004, we’ve determined that number.

As of today, we estimate that there are 129,864,880 different books in the world. That’s a lot of knowledge captured in the written word! This calculation used an algorithm that combines books information from multiple sources including libraries, WorldCat, national union catalogs and commercial providers. And the actual number of books is always increasing.

Link via Cool-O-Rama | Photo by Flickr user Nrbelex used under Creative Commons license


Mad Magazine Rejection Letter

30 Jul

via Christopher Lading

Leave it to Mad Magazine to craft a rejection letter that doesn’t leave you feel too rejected:

There’s nothing like a helping of light-hearted humour to ease the pain of rejection, as evidenced by this form letter from the offices of Mad magazine, one of the most influential humour publications ever released. The letter was sent to all unsuccessful submitters of material during the much-lauded reign of Al Feldstein.

From the always awesome Letters of Note – via Nerdcore