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“Hot dudes reading” are coming to a coffee table near you

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  • Thu-Huong Ha
By Thu-Huong Ha

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In April 2016, handsome men with literary inclinations could be coming to your house.

The Instagram account Hot Dudes Reading, which features surreptitiously snapped photos of men reading, has snagged a book deal. In 224 pages, the book’s anonymous authors will show new photos and continue in that time-honored tradition of objectifying the book nerd.

The account was created in 2015 by “close-knit friends/marginally functional young professionals in New York City,” and has gained 802,000 followers in the year since its first post. Its chaste low-res photos paired with raunchy descriptions were an instant hit.

It might seem odd to pay $24 for what you can essentially see for free online, but many social media projects have found a second home on paper. In Oct. 2015 three titles from YouTube celebrities were bestsellers. Brandon Stanton, behind popular blog Humans of New York, has published three books of his photos, two of which have been New York Times No. 1 bestsellers.

Hot Dudes Reading, from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, is set for release on Apr. 26. “The cover isn’t the only thing hard about it,” note the authors.

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