The [National Library of the Netherlands][] has put a considerable number of illuminated Medieval manuscripts on-line. Reasonably high resolution pages are available not only for viewing but also for download. (I have no idea what the usage rights or fees are: I could see myself using some of these foe lecture slides.)

[National Library of the Netherlands]:

Sagan on Books

A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.

Standard Paper Sizes

U.S. Name

A (letter)


B (ledger)

Super B/Super A3




U.S. Size

8.5 x 11 inches

8.5 x 14 inches

11 x 17 inches

13 x 19 inches

17 x 22 inches

22 x 34 inches

34 x 44 inches

Metric Equivalent

216 x 279 mm

216 x 356 mm

279 x 432 mm

330 x 483 mm

432 x 559 mm

559 x 864 mm

864 x 1118 mm

Metric Name








Metric Size

148 x 210 mm

210 x 297 mm

297 x 420 mm

329 x 483 mm

420 x 594 mm

594 x 841 mm

841 x 1189 mm

U.S. Equivalent

5.8 x 8.3 inches

8.3 x 11.7 inches

11.7 x 16.5 inches

13 x 19 inches

16.5 x 23.4 inches

23.4 x 33.1 inches

33.1 x 46.8 inches

Moleskine Photo Books

[Moleskine is now offering custom photo books]( They look quite nice, if also a little more expensive than similar books printed elsewhere. If anyone order one, let me know what the quality is like. I’m intrigued. They’re offering 25% for the time being, which brings their pricing into the realm of competitive.

Banished from Amazon

This is [a troubling story][]: a Norwegian woman appears to have run afoul of and they won’t tell her why nor what she had done. Her account has been terminated and all her DRMed content is revoked: the contents of her Kindle are gone.

No matter her innocence nor her guilt, if you read the responses from Amazon: they aren’t going to tell her anything. At all.

I think I’ll stick with paper books for a while. I don’t see Amazon sending thugs to my house to grab them back if we have any kind of squabble.

And that’s the problem with DRM content that remains only licensed to the consumer: you’re renting and you only get to continue to rent at the pleasure of the landlord. You don’t own it.

[a troubling story]:


One year ago today [Paul Carr reviewed Booktrack]( And the world was a better place for his wit.