TED connects a global community with 18-minute or less talks from leaders in Technology, Engineering, and Design. TED began as a singular conference in 1984 and expanded to feature numerous international conferences and local gatherings (TEDx talks) today. TED is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. Their mission is to spread free knowledge covering all topics–including science, education, and social issues—to inspire and engage others. Its content has expanded over the years to include numerous topics, and it currently broadcasts in more than 100 languages.

I love learning about subjects through TED talks I would not encounter otherwise. As much as I try to expand my knowledge, I tend to return to my favorite topic: books. Thankfully, TED contains plenty of talks about my favorite subject.

Here’s a list of my favorite TED talks about books, in no particular order.

  1.      Wisdom from Great Writers on Every Year of Life
  • Joshua Prager
    • Duration: 6:01
  1.    My year reading a book from every country in the world
  • Ann Morgan
    • Duration: 12:03
  1.    Why a good book is a secret door
  • Mac Barnett
    • Duration: 16:59
  1.    For these women, reading is a daring act
  • Laura Boushnak
    • Duration: 5:05
  1.    How books can open your mind
  • Lisa Bu
    • Duration: 6:16
  1.    Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.
  • Chip Kidd
    • Duration: 17:16
  1.    3 ways to speak English
  • Jamila Lyiscott
    • Duration: 4:29
  1.    Old books reborn as art
  • Brian Dettmer
    • Duration: 6:06
  1.    Behind the design of Seattle’s library
  • Joshua Prince-Ramus
    • Duration: 19:58
  1. What we learned from 5 million books
  • Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden
    • Duration: 14:08

 

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