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You can’t get this with an e-book

January 29, 2011

A few of my fellow graduate students have Kindles now, and I’ve been enviously watching them as they read The New Yorker and digitally annotate The Iliad (do we sound like snobs? We’re not, we’re just getting English degrees). But then this appears in my mailbox and reminds me of all the bookish joys you can’t get on an e-reader.

First, a beautiful wrapping, heavy paper:

Inside, a gorgeous book on a bed of gold:

Pick it up, and what do you find? Rough trim pages! Ahhhh.

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover (or by its page trims, for that matter), but I’m sold on The Oracle of Stamboul‘s packaging. I have no idea what the story is about, other than what you can glean from the cover and the title, but the colors, images, and Stamboul instantly bring to mind memories of travels in Istanbul:

This goes under a new “can’t wait to read this” tag.

The Oracle of Stamboul
by Michael David Lurkas
HarperCollins
Available 2/8/2011

From the publisher:

An elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel, set in a mystical, exotic world, in which a gifted young girl charms a sultan and changes the course of an empire’s history.

ARE received from publisher


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  1. January 30, 2011 12:27 pm

    The packaging, cover and premise of the book would have just intrigued, but rough trimmed pages has sold it to me. I have limited edition of C S Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters which has rough trimmed pages, when you look at it it looks like a pile of letters, love it!

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