Gary Strachan and his 42 blooks!!

Gary Strachan is one of our loyal customer. He has published and printed 42 blooks so far! Can you believe it?!

Each of his blook holds a story from his childhood, his memories, his thoughts and his present life. Once you start reading you can’t stop.

BlookUp gave Gary the the possibility to import his content from his blog, to customize and shape them and to print them so he can keep track of all his online work, his best moments with his family and friends.

Why not do the same? Check out our website for more information!

All Gary blooks are in our BlookSpace. Enjoy 🙂

3 Questions to : Patricia Le Gal, Head of Lorient Archives

Which blook format did you choose? Why?

We opted for the Facebook blook. This format is perfectly suited to our expectations as the majority of the content published on our Facebook page is relayed on other social media platforms. We also share more information about the visits organized by the animation of Lorient’s heritage on Facebook than we publish in full on other networks.

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TWITTER IN 10 POINTS : TIPS AND NEWS 2018

Twitter has become nowadays the social network of the immediate information and is in that way in direct competition with traditional medias.

You will find in this article 10 tips and facts that you might ignore about the little blue bird’s world.

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Sensory fiction suit , the book which was plugged in

After hearing and smelling, books keep dropping physical barriers and surprising us!

Sensory Fiction is a unique book titled “The Girl Who Was Plugged In”, a science-fiction novelette written by James Tiptree (a woman, as her pen name tries to hide)… In 1973!

It resembles any book but its size and thickness are strange: In fact, this book allows to experience the emotions of its main character with a connected jacket to wear before starting the reading session!

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A 1973’s story in a book from the future!

The concept is still at the prototype stage but the technologies used are already advanced! The MIT Media Lab, which developed and delivered a physical form to the whole idea, used nearly 150 programmable LEDs to illuminate the cover of the book, allowing colors to change the atmosphere all around you while the jacket, equipped with a heating device (with the help of a Peltier junction), vibrating plates and a system of compression by airbags, will make you experience with the heroine the power of love and despair, the sensation of freedom and that of confinement…

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Front and back views of the Sensory Fiction suit

By playing on heat transmission, heart rate and the atmosphere of the room, Sensory Fiction transports you beyond words and, if it does not replace your imagination (fortunately!), it allows you to be immersed body and soul in the narrative!

We are excited to know if new stories will be adapted to the concept!

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Source | Images:  F3H3

Christmas 2017 for books lovers!

1. A pocket book turned into a decorative pen

pocket-book-pen-foldedA unique handmade accessory by Papiers et Contes en Herbe, which will elegantly carry your letters, cards, CDs, and will prevent your friends from stacking all these bulky objects on their desk!

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2. A zip-like bookmark

zip-bookmarkHaving a bookmark is cool, but having a bookmark that has style is way cooler! For a reasonable price, offer a always useful, colorful gift that will make all readers envious!

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3. A giant book that transforms into a stool

stool-books-booknitureA magic and effective multiple use-object that will allow you to sit AND decorate your shelves! It can be stored in your personal library or be used as a stool when receiving riends over. A gift that will certainly give all rooms a real style!

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4. The Swear Words Coloring book

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Not a gift made for children! If you know a naturally stressed person or one going through difficult times, this book is the perfect gift! It allows anybody to let their creativity run wild while embellishing the most floral insults of Shakespeare’s tongue (pens and watercolor not provided).

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5. A Blook

pile-books-foregroundWe didn’t mention it last Christmas, so we are allowing ourselves to do so this year ;): Create the book of your blog (WordPress, Overblog, Canalblog, Blogger / Blogspirit, Tumblr, Skyrock, Haut et Fort), your favorite social network (Facebook, Instagram) or PDF file with BlookUp!

Import all of your content in just a few clicks, layout them and adjust all the details of your book (covers, texts, images …) as you please! The creation and customization of the books are unlimited and free, and your order is delivered at home within 15 working days! Okay, maybe it’s too late for this year, but you can still surprise your loved ones with our Gift Cards (or simply get ready for a birthday or next Christmas 😉 )!

Find our personalization guide in our help section, and don’t forget that our customer service is also here to help you create your blook!

Hashtag Shelfie: Sharing your library under the hashtag

We know that internet, blogs and social networks gave or maintained a general taste for writing and creation! It also  gave the world of books a second youth by putting self-publishing at everyone’s reach.

Books and writing are part of the daily life for many of us. And the internet pays them tribute!

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What the shelf?

On Instagram, we find under the hashtag #shelfie a whole lot of inspiring photos featuring shelves and libraries. The word “shelfie” itself sets the tone by combining the words “shelf” with the word “selfie” (the famous self-portraits photographed in the 21st century, for those sleeping at the bottom).

Many of the photos feature furnitures arranged like they’re almost taken straight out of an IKEA magazine. But, and this is what interests us here, we can also find books!

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#Shelfie indeed is the occasion to make your personal library a star while the hashtag lasts ! It’s also the moment to share your reading taste or your  storage foibles to your friends and followers… Or even to discover what composes the tastes of others and how people organizes and surrounds one’s readings!

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No boasting of elitist readings or endless rows of books here (even if we recognize that a full library is always pretty to picture 😉 ), only the joy of seeing beautiful book-related photos and starting exchanging about your favorite books!

After all, the contents of a library are often indicative of the personality of its owner(s): It is with this idea that the newspaper The Guardian launched the concept of the Shelfie in December 2013.

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More than 820 000 publications are now classified under the hashtag #shelfie and more are coming everyday, so it’s always time to get involved and show what you have and love!

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Article source (French) | Images:  @earthscorners, @culturetripbooks, @bluestockingbookshelf and @shelfjoy

Books portage, when reading comes at home!

In France, the media library of Poitiers (named “Médiathèque François Mitterrand” as an hommage to one of France’s former Presidents who is said to be fond of arts and culture) has found a great solution to bring company and entertainment to the elderly, handicapped or isolated people. Books portage!

Poitiers’ inhabitants are thus given the possibility of being delivered of their books for free ! With all the books directly coming from the collections of the media library.

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Dominique Delbor receives her new audio books from Carine Chollet and Isabelle Brillanceau’s hands, from the media library staff

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The delivery is “included” in the price of their annual subscription to the library (costing from €6 to €16) ! Thus offering an invaluable service without any extra cost. The people that are delivered are visited by the Media Library’s staff and can exchange a few words as well as their books! Which they give back (of course;)) while borrowing again.

Every 24 days, a new arrival of audiobooks arrives at the tables of the beneficiaries. It allows them, thanks to the quantity and diversity of content available, to find their happiness for several years!

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The multimedia library makes nearly 2,300 texts available to read and has also signed a partnership with the Valentin Haüy association (located in Paris). It allows visually impaired subscribers to obtain access to an additional fund of 200 texts engraved in “Daisy” format. Subscribers can also freely download 20,000 titles from the Éole online library.

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Source (French only) | Photos credits: Bm-poitiers.fr et Marie-Laure Aveline

Seeing and hearing Iceland with HVISL!

A book you can smell already exists ! Now check out the book that you can listen to?

Hear for yourselves!

Audiobooks, those kind of books one person will read aloud and record so that others can listen to them, are a growing part of books sales nowadays. They mainly prove their practicality for visualy impaired people.

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For those who can afford it, there are some book concepts that combine vision and hearing to enjoy together as a global experience: This is the concept of Hvisl – Whispers of Iceland, both a photo album and sound guide taking you on a trip around Iceland!

The project was created by Chloé Curé and Bertrand Lanthiez, based on their shared experience of Iceland during a 2-weeks trip. Sounds effects were brought by Johannes Mandorfer.

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Their collaboration allows you to appreciate breathtaking pictures of beautiful landscapes and warm interiors, accompanied, as you flip the pages, by the sound of the wind and the waves, a conversation in Icelandic, the cracking of the ice or the bubbling of the geysers

While you enjoy the atmosphere through your headphones, you will also learn everything you need to know about landscapes formation, local language, climate, mythology… Truly an immersive experience!

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Source | Images: Bertrand Lanthiez