The best time to curl up with a book is in the dead of winter, when it’s too chilly to be outdoors and you can camp out guilt-free with a warm drink, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book. Here are some content-related books we recommend for your winter reading list.
- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
In this exploration of how the Internet is changing us and the way we read, Carr takes readers down a fascinating rabbit hole of the neurological impact of our changing technological landscape. Full of interesting tidbits and some surprising conclusions, The Shallows is a great choice for contemplating the future of reading.
- Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, edited by Gerald Gross
The third edition of this collection, published in 1994, is the most recent edition we have, but that doesn’t mean the thoughts and opinions of the editors who contributed to the collected are irrelevant or antiquated. Rather, the book is a timeless and fascinating look at the editor’s role throughout the nooks and crannies of the publishing industry. Editors on Editing is truly enjoyable from start to finish.
- Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson
Another book about the publishing industry, Merchants of Culture takes readers through the history of the industry, up to present day practices and concerns, and then takes a look at the future of books. This book explores all facets of the industry, but is neither overwhelming nor dry.
- Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton
We believe it’s important to not only know about your own profession, but also those that are closely related. Thinking with Type is a definitive and accessible book about typography that was most certainly made for more than designers, and we think it offers valuable insight as to why the design of a piece of text can be as important as the meaning.
- The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack
Finally, we have a book that is sheer fun for word nerds. Pollack’s book takes readers on an immensely clever pun-filled journey as he explores the different kinds of puns, how our brains process puns, and how they’ve proven to be more than groan-worthy humor. Written by a winner of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, The Pun Also Rises is sure to cheer up any dreary winter day.