Musebooks — a Great Online Source for Art Books

I’ve been meaning to let you know about a great site for finding digital books about art and artists.  Musebooks has a growing collection of digitized books on art history and contemporary artists.  Some books are as little as $3.00.

I am presently reading a book on Kerry James Marshall, whose work I love.  I’ll review the book when I have finished it.




I have started my own shelf of books about everything from art nouveau to How to Read Art.  They give you free samples to check out before you buy.   You get access to exhibit catalogs and books that you might not find anywhere else.

And although some of the books are very expensive, most are affordable and cheaper than you can get them from any other bookstore.  Also, you get a free book just for signing up.

Check it out and see what you think.  I highly recommend them.

Here’s a video of their site and how the books work.  I particularly love the zoom features.

The essentials of Musebooks from Musebooks on Vimeo.

And here’s information about them from their website:

About Musebooks

Musebooks is the first digital reading experience specially designed for art lovers. Easily switch between reading the text, leafing through the pages and zooming in on images — and never lose your spot in the book. Your books are stored in your personal online library, MyBooks. Discover now the alternative to e-books that is revolutionizing the way we read about art. Sign up to get your first book for free.

Musebooks Founders

The trio of Belgian innovators behind are publishing professional Peter Ruyffelaere, marketing mastermind Noël Slangen, and information technology ingénue Dominique de Rijcke.

Dominique De Rijcke (38) is an experienced tech entrepreneur, owning several IT firms. Dominique and Noël have worked together many times, creating several international IT platforms for multinationals and organisations. 

Noël Slangen (52) has been a successful entrepreneur in the communication industry in Belgium and the Netherlands for nearly 30 years. He is used to managing large teams, working with stakeholders and advising major clients.

Peter Ruyffelaere (57) has a track record in producing art books at Ludion, was responsible for the merchandising of the Magritte Foundation, and has worked with some of the world’s most important museums in co-productions of museum catalogues.


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