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The book on the bookshelf February 2, 2007

Filed under: Books about Books — Kim @ 12:24 pm

This book is by engineer (!) Henry Petroski. This piece is another must have, if I’m concerned. I love this book! You not only get the low-down on the evolution of the book shelve… It also tells you all about the history of the book. From the codex to modern day printing. The author also gives anecdotes about libraries, book collectors and readers. The cover looks amazing, too! You can learn more about it and look inside it here. (EU click here)

Book on the bookshelf


2 Responses to “The book on the bookshelf”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Oh, yes! This book is fabulous, Fabulous, FABULOUS. Did I mention it is FABULOUS?

    It is. Henry Petroksi is an engineer and enginneering professor at Duke University. In this book, he looks at bookshelves and their development which includes, naturally, the development of books. Here is part of his introduction:

    “While reading in my chair late one evening,” he writes, “I perceived, for whatever reason, the bookshelf beneath a row of books in a new light . . . I wanted to know more about the nature and origins of this ubiquitous thing. But where to begin? Was it meaningful to ask why the bookshelf is horizontal and why books are placed vertically upon it? Or are these facts so obvious as to need no explanation? Going further, was there anything to be gained by asking why we shelve our books with their spines facing outward, or is this simply the only logical way to shelve them? Don’t books go on bookshelves as nuts go on bolts, only one way?”

    I reviewed this book back in September. If anyone is interested, here is a link:

  2. kimbooktu Says:

    I have got this book now. If you want to know what it is like, please let me know.

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