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November 25, 2014

New Release - David Copperfield, On the Origin of Species, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

This month we're releasing THREE new art prints!


David Copperfield
David Copperfield poster
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An adult David Copperfield stares pensively at the churning sea in this bold print made of text from Charles Dickens’s masterwork.


On the Origin of Species
On the Origin of Species poster
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The words of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species are repurposed to create a stunning work of art depicting the naturalist’s famous voyage on the SMS Beagle.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin poster

Buy this The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin poster here.


Benjamin Franklin’s own words from his autobiography come together to create a touching silhouette of the man himself.

November 03, 2014

Vote for the year's best books in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards!

It's that time of the year again when you think back on what you've read! What was your favorite book this year? 

Cast your vote for your favorite books this year at the Goodreads community to help and share your favorite authors and stories with the world.

Click here to go there now.

October 27, 2014

October 16, 2014

Introducing our Refer a Friend Program

It's quite likely that you know a friend or family member who's also a book lover. Is it your aunt who has an impressive home library? Or your friend who talks about his latest read? Or is it your coworker who has a new book every week?

Whoever they are, if they love to read they might love our bookish art prints!

Today, we're introducing our Refer a Friend Program. Get rewarded with a 20% discount code when you refer your friends to Postertext! Find out more at:

September 25, 2014

New Release - Tarzan of the Apes

This month we are releasing the wild but noble words of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes.

Buy the print here.


The timeless text of Burroughs’ classic Tarzan of the Apes is transformed into a beautiful depiction of the main character surrounded by the jungle he calls home.

Using only the accomplished prose of Edgar Rice Burroughs, our Tarzan of the Apes poster creates a stunning portrait of the title hero himself: part man and part beast, overlooking the dangerous jungle which he will soon claim as his own. Shown here tightly gripping his father’s knife, the illuminating detail of this design reveals a strong and detailed protagonist, burdened by his ongoing struggle between nature and nurture.

Read more about our Tarzan of the Apes poster or buy it here.


August 26, 2014

New Release! The Call of the Wild

It's that time of the month again!

We have a new release for this month, The Call of the Wild.


The Call of the Wild poster



Using the profound rhetoric of The Call of the Wild, an image is put on display here that seethes with feral potency.  

The Call of the Wild is a book which packs power using a combination of skillful allegories and dramatic parable-telling. With the same keen ability, this art print sets free an image which is destined to awaken the ‘wild thing’ in all of us.


Read more about our The Call of the Wild poster.

August 08, 2014

A Writer's Best Friend: Authors and Their Feline Pals

cats Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats are without a doubt writers’ greatest pal. It’s not necessarily that cats are intelligent, reserved,  love lots of sleep, and have short spurts of energy which make them most similar to us (although many writers and avid readers I know tend to lean drastically towards these cat-like qualities), but rather because, as Robertson Davies so eloquently said: “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” So, whether you keep your cat around to do your proofreading for you, or to cuddle with you when you’re stuck in a writer’s block, know that these three authors also loved their cats and kept them around for all those reasons and more!   hemingway 1.       Ernest Hemingway Hemingway became a cat lover when he was living in Cuba and was gifted a six-toed cat. When the cat started breeding, the six-toed feature became common with future felines earning them the title of the “Hemingway Cats”. There’s even a museum in Florida dedicated to these polydactyl fur balls! Considering Hemingway wrote some of his best works in the region, cat-lovers are eager to believe all those funky cats had something to do with it!   twain 2.       Mark Twain Somehow it’s not too surprising that the father of jocular prose was a cat owner. Twain was apparently so attached to his large, black cat Bambino that he offered a reward when the cat disappeared. This author put an ad in the “New York American” describing the distinguished feline as: “large and intensely black; thick, velvety fur; has a faint fringe of white hair across his chest; not easy to find in ordinary light.” It also seems that Twain picked up some cat-like habits as his publisher claimed the writer enjoyed lolling about in bed (alongside Bambino, of course)!   gaiman 3.       Neil Gaiman The author of what is perhaps the most celebrated comic series of our time, Sandman, has a lot of love for his feline friends. Although he is also the proud owner of a couple dogs, Gaiman loves his cats so much that he at one point had an online journal solely dedicated to their furry shenanigans. Considering he also named one of his cats Hermoine, after the Harry Potter character, it seems safe to say that books and cats are closely intertwined for this author.   Writers and readers: tell us about the cats in your lives who inspire you! What fuzzy friend curls up next to you on a rainy day while you're reading that book or penning that novel?   *Photo credits:    
August 05, 2014

Slapping the NC-17 Rating on Literature: Should We Rate Books?

50 shades Fans of the Anastasia Steele - Christian Grey ‘love story’ (if it can be called that) were swooning all across the world lately when the much-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer hit the internet. Based on E.L. James'  Fifty Shades of Grey series, the book and film are known for their sensual and...uh…erotic themes. The film, which is due to be released in 2015, will reportedly hit the theatres with two styles: the ‘tamer’ R-rated version for 17+ fans, and a grittier version which holds truer to the sexual nature of the book and will be slapped with the NC-17 rating generally reserved for films featuring rape or drug scenes. And in most countries where these films will be released, movie-goers will have to provide an ID to prove that they are indeed old enough to sit through “Fifty Shades of Grey.” 50 shades 2 But, at the end of the day, it won’t much matter if that 16-year-old, or 14-year-old can’t legally get into the theatres to see the movie. Why? Because they can simply pick the book up off of any bookstore shelf and read it for themselves. Which begs the question: should there also be ratings on books? By no means is this a new debate, in fact, readers have been asking the same question for years now. Some argue that a rating similar to the G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 ratings commonly used in the movie industry would prevent unpleasant surprises; namely you wouldn’t find yourself blindsided by a rape scene if the book featured an R or NC-17 rating or a warning label. A lot of parents also view a rating system as an easier way to gage what their children are reading or seeing. After all, it’s difficult for a busy parent to read every book prior to approving and passing it on to their children. And if you really think about it, even television shows feature ratings beforehand in order to give a forewarning of adult content. So why not books? 50 shades 3 The main deterrent when selling books with ratings is, of course, money. When it comes to a top seller like Fifty Shades of Grey, booksellers don’t want to market it in a way that would restrict sales (although, considering E.L. James earned $95M last year alone, it seems unlikely that a warning label could really affect sales all that much). And yet, some bookstores have stated they would feel uncomfortable selling erotic novels to, say, 13-year-olds. Note, however, that they would only feel uncomfortable, they wouldn’t actually refuse to do so. Doesn’t money run the world, folks? Secondly, many people think that there’s a distinct difference between seeing a scene played out visually on a screen as opposed to what your imagination conjures up while you’re reading a book. But, while it is true that a story can at times become more ‘real’ by being acted out, never underestimate the power of a vivid imagination. There are plenty of readers who say they wish they could ‘unread’ something and even I have made myself sick on several occasions with doses of particularly intense rhetoric. 50 shades 4 Polls have shown that over 60% of people asked state that book ratings are a good idea. But there still remains the staunch minority who look at ratings as censorship, or as unnecessary for readers. And so the debate rages on. At the end of the day, however, providing ratings is only a means of providing more information about the book you’re about to invest time and money in. Doesn’t every reader have the right to know what they’re getting into? As author Jami Gold so eloquently wrote: “Ratings aren’t about taking away choices.  Ratings aren’t about forcing books to stop pushing boundaries.  Ratings are about giving people enough information to help them make smarter choices, the choice that’s right for them.” (Be sure to check out Gold’s interesting blog article on whether or not books should have a rating system.) So what do you, the reader, think? Would ratings on books be detrimental or helpful to those seeking out new works to read? Will it help parents to better manage their children’s reading choices? Should children’s reading choices be curbed and managed? Share your thoughts! :D   *Photo credits:  
August 01, 2014

The E-Reader Revolution: 3 Ways E-Readers Change Your Reading Habits

tabletEver since the tablet and E-reader revolution has started gathering steam in recent years, there have been more than a few staunch book supporters who have refused to give in to the phenomenon. You’ve probably heard (or given) your own fair share of reasons for why books are better than E-readers. Everything from “I like how books smell and feel” to “I want to stock my bookshelf” have been used to explain why books are preferable, and, no doubt, these are very valid reasons. But rarely have I heard anyone discuss how E-readers change the way you read. That’s right, you heard correctly, the process of reading varies drastically from when you dust off that book on your shelf and start reading it, to when you decide to peruse a written work the electronic way. So whether you already own an E-reader, are planning on buying one, or refusing to give up your ‘old-fashioned’ way of reading, you’ll be interested in learning about these 3 ways E-readers change your reading habits:   tablet 2 1. E-readers will get you to read more. A recent survey into how E-readers affect literate adults in the UK showed that 48 percent of people asked stated that using electronic devices had indeed gotten them to read more books. If you think about it subjectively, E-readers are all about convenience. If you finish your book halfway through your commute, no problem, there are scores of others available for instantaneous downloading. If you don’t know a word, no problem, E-readers come equipped with built-in dictionaries to solve your vocabulary woes. If you don’t feel like making the trek to the bookstore or library, no problem, you can peruse thousands of books to your heart’s content, right from the comfort of your home. And so, the process of reading is made easier and more accessible to people, which in turn leads people to read more!   Lazy day reading with the new Kindle 2. E-readers drain mental energy faster. Scientific American did a series of studies last year to look at the difference between paper vs. electronic reading and the result has been fascinating. According to this research, a tablet will drain your mental energy faster, not only making it more difficult to read for long periods at a stretch, but also affecting how well you remember what you read. The study also claims that reading on paper allows you to peruse long sections with a more intuitive and educational mindset as opposed to a tablet or E-reader which you most likely would look at as purely entertaining. So if you need to study complex or difficult concepts, experts recommend pulling out the good ol’ paper version of the text!   tablet 5 3. E-readers make you read slower. Even with contemporary technology, a lot of times the print on your E-reader or tablet isn’t quite as sharp as the printed word in that book on your shelf. As a result, researchers have noticed that people tend to read more slowly when perusing an E-book. One of the best studies into how reading speeds change according to device was done by Jakob Nielsen, a Silicon Valley researcher, who asked dozens of readers to read the same story using the printed version, the iPad, and the Kindle. Nielson discovered that iPad readers went 6.2% slower and Kindle users read 10.7% slower than when reading the same text in print. You probably never imagined using an E-device could affect your reading speed, did you?   Whether you’re pro or against E-readers, one thing we all have to accept is that these nifty devices are here to stay. And it will always be interesting to see how our habits change as advancing technology alters the reading experience as a whole. However, one thing that will hopefully never change is our love for the literature which inspires us, excites us, and moves us. Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts! How have your own reading habits changed since you started using E-books? Whether using print books or E-readers, as always, happy reading! :)    
July 24, 2014

New Poster: Siddhartha


We are delighted to inform you that we now have a brand new poster available! Embark on a spiritual journey with this magnificent Siddhartha art print. Siddhartha (24x36" - 91.4x61cm)

24x36-Siddhartha-SD-DSThis Siddhartha poster is created using the entire text from the book.

Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha creates a story like no other as it follows the metaphysical passage of the protagonist Siddhartha. This central figure wants for nothing more than a wise and fulfilled existence, but he soon discovers that attaining ultimate enlightenment is never easy. Siddhartha embarks on a life-long journey which carries him from the quiet tremors of the river to the flurried movements of the city and back. In the final moments of this sensational novel, Siddhartha learns to acknowledge that every individual has their own journey. As visions of timelessness dance before Siddhartha’s eyes, he accepts the distinct experiences of every man as being fully and equally valuable. Using the melodic rhetoric from Siddhartha, this work of literary art molds a divine and mindful design. Outlined against the tranquil and peaceful surroundings is the figure of Siddhartha himself. Having attained the ultimate pinnacle of enlightenment, this central figure has returned to where it all began. Here, he fulfills the role of a spiritual guru and ferries hopeful sojourners forward on their migration towards an enlightened future. In the foreground, Siddhartha’s devout face is revealed to the viewer as he gazes upon life’s pilgrims with a subtle yet beatific smile. It is the smile of true fulfillment and a beacon of hope for those who desire to embark upon that same quest to find nirvana. Hermann Hesse’s famous work Siddhartha is lauded by book fans as a transcendent work of art. With tenacious charm and placid tranquility, this artistic likeness lends life to the greatest spiritual tale of our age.

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