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Why Don’t We Remake Books?


I watched The Firm the other day. I hadn’t seen it and something just compelled me to watch it. When I searched for it on Amazon Instant two results came up. The first was the one directed by Sidney Pollack starring Tom Cruise that came out in 1993. The other was something from 2012. I obviously wanted to watch the 1993 version.

As the opening credits rolled they read “based upon the book by John Grisham” and I struck with a nagging thought – this movie was remade and updated for the 2012 version, but the book was never changed.

Why don’t we remake books?

It’s an interesting question for which I don’t really have an answer. We remake every other form of entertainment but for some reason we don’t remake books. What do I mean when I say “remake”? Great question. It means different things in each form of entertainment.

Movies are notorious for remakes. We see them all the time, and I’ve talked about this before, but remakes are almost as old as movies themselves. Rebooting a franchise might be considered a remake, that’s a case by case thing. The film industry thrives on remaking movies and it’s hard to imagine a world without remakes.

We call remakes of songs “cover songs” or “covers.” I don’t know how song remakes got their own word, but at some point it happened. Some covers become so popular that they surpass the original recordings popularity (Clapton’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Knocking on Heavens Door,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Along The Watch Tower” come to mind immediately but I grew up on classic rock). Just like in film I can’t really imagine a world without covers. (It’s worth noting that there are some great Tumblrs dedicated to cover songs. My favorite is Copy Cats.)

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This year I have bought more books than videogames. I’m transforming into a different kind of nerd.

Someone turned The Great Gatsby into an NES game.  It has cut scenes, 8bit music, and a ton of animations and backgrounds. It’s worth checking out.

[Great Gatsby Game thanks sammyjgee]

I saw this in Best Buy this weekend.  I cannot think of a better book to videogame crossover than Where’s Waldo on the Wii.  You know exactly what you’re getting here folks.  You have to find Waldos, dog tails, scrolls, and wizards.  Think about how much they could from DLC…

The cover from the first printing of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.  So beautiful.  Unfortunately a copy of the first printing will run you 7500 dollars.  I’ve already read the book, how much do they want for the dust jacket.

Kindle DX

Here it is.  Your larger screen Kindle.  Boasting a 9.7 inch screen (2.5 times the size of the Kindle 2), 3.3GB of storage, native PDF support, for the low low price of $489.

The idea behind the the Kindle DX seems to be less focussed on replacing books, but actually replacing paper as a whole.  We’ve all watched science fiction. We all know paper won’t be around forever, to be replaced by some sort of tablet like reading device.  

The only thing I think this device is missing is some way to transfer my PDF’s to other Kindle DX users.  Why cant I beam my presentation with IR to everyone else in the room?  While I think this is a great experiment I’m more interested in seeing how this particular Kindle evolves.


This one is for your inner James Bond.  Make Magazine brings you all the details on how to make a home made listening device inside a book.  According to Make the process is very simple.

Connect a shirt pocket “amplified  listener” hearing aid with an in-car FM transmitter, and you’ve got a wireless bug. Tuck them inside a hollowed out book with the mic concealed by the dust cover and you’ve got a covert listening device that you can leave lying around or on a shelf near a surveillance target. Then an undercover angent in the next room can eaves drop on any devious plotting through her FM radio

Most of these things you can get at Radio Shack … well, except for the book part.  If you want to be ironic about the whole thing you can place it inside a copy of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.