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am 25. Januar 2000
I found Petroski's book on the evolution of bookshelves and libraries fasinating. For those that love books and the history about them, this is the book for them! I found it hard to put down, but then I am an addicted bibliofile!
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am 18. April 2000
Henry Petroski has done it again--describing the evolution, engineering and quirks of objects we all take for granted. Unfortunately, this Petroski effort isn't nearly as engrossing as his book on the pencil. But for bibliophiles and library lovers, I can't recommend this tome enough. Truth be told, there really have only been a handful (or two) of significant changes to bookshelf design over the last 500 years. Somehow, Petroski is able to expand on these subtle changes and create an entire book on the subject. It's fascinating, but ultimately you're left wondering why it took nearly 300 pages for this story to unfold.
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am 15. Dezember 1999
We may think that how books are stored is a mundane topic. But Petroski shows how both the book and its means of storage co-evolved, with features we take for granted about books (e.g., labels on spines, or titles) being in part due to the need to store them in growing numbers. It was fun to have an engineer's perspective on this issue, though his overall scholarship is impressive. There is something new and interesting here for all but the most specialized readers.
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am 21. Januar 2000
It's not quite as fascinating as Petroski's "The Evolution of Useful Things," but I suspect that is because "The Book on the Bookshelf" is much more narrowly focused (the design of bookshelves, the structure of book bindings and, to a lesser extent, the organization of libraries). But it is a quick read and one that bibliophiles should find terribly interesting.
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am 4. Oktober 1999
This book is thoroughly researched, well illustrated and written without engineering jargon so that the general reader will enjoy the story of the book and the shelf. I will forever look at libraries with renewed appreciation for not only their content but their structure. This book is a good complement for those bibliophiles who have read A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes.
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am 11. Februar 2000
This is a study not really about books. Nor a study really about bookshelves. But it's a study about how books look the way they do -on- bookshelves.
Why are books organized vertically and not horizontally? Why are books organized spine out and not spine in? Why do bookshelves look the way they do? ...You get the idea.
If you harbor these questions as your compelling inquiries, then this book will be the one that frosts your cupcakes. I love books, too. It's only that, to me, this was such an exceptionally limited and narrow field examination that forced a myopia on a wider and much more exciting world.
It's good. Fine research and depth. It's just that with our finite and invaluable time, there's just so much more out there of greater scope in life to savor. No?
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