As an English teacher and book lover, I am always looking for new ways to celebrate my adoration of the written word.
Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.
The company works closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in their collections. Each product is treated to feel soft and worn, like a well-read book.
In addition to spreading the joy of reading through their tees and accessories, Out of Print acknowledges that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. They are working to change that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa.
The scoop on this charity?
Books For Africa is a simple name for an organization with a simple mission. They collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Their goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 28 million books to 49 different countries since 1988. In 2012, they shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.
How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It’s unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but this company feels it’s more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it’s forever changed.
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