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He has been called the poet laureate of technology and a writer who is erudite, witty, thoughtful, and accessible Now Henry Petroski turns to the subject of books and bookshelves, and wonders whether it was inevitable that books would come to be arranged vertically as they are today on horizontal shelves As we learn how the ancient scroll became the codex became the volume we are used to, we explore the ways in which the housing of books evolved Petroski takes us into the pre Gutenberg world, where books were so scarce they were chained to lecterns for security He explains how the printing press not only changes the way books were made and shelved, but also increased their availability and transformed book readers into books owners and collectors He shows us that for a time books were shelved with their spines in, and it was not until after the arrival of the modern bookcase that she spines faced out.In delightful digressions, Petroski lets Seneca have his say on the evils of book collecting examines the famed collection of Samuel Pepys only three thousand titles old discarded to make room for new and discusses bookselling, book buying, and book collecting through the centuries.Richly illustrated and wonderfully written, this is the ultimate book on the book how it came to be and how we have come to keep it....

Title : The Book on the Bookshelf
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ISBN : 0375406492
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Knopf 1st edition September 14, 1999
Number of Pages : 304 pages
File Size : 594 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Book on the Bookshelf Reviews

  • Mitch Haile
    2019-04-01 14:55

    It's a good book. I've designed a number of complex built-in bookcases, own a sizeable hone library with aspirations, and this book fits in nicely among other books about the history of books and libraries while covering some new ground.

  • L. Johnson
    2019-04-02 12:56

    I'm a book collector and reader, and had always taken the shelves on which they stand for grated. This interesting book tells me how my bookshelves got the way they are and perhaps what the future will bring. Ironically, I read this on my iPad so it doesn't need a space on a shelf, but I generally prefer the tactile look, feel and smell of a bound book, so shelves and their history will remain in my house.

  • Gene Rhea Tucker
    2019-03-31 09:53

    We tend not to think about things like the bookshelf. It's history and function. And the book on it. Weren't books always shelved the way they are now? Spine out, on a horizontal shelf next to others placed vertically?

  • garv
    2019-03-26 16:07

    A historical trip through the development of how books have been kept over the ages. It could be dry for those who don't really love books, but fascinating for those of us who do. His other books are equally interesting.

  • cneil
    2019-04-09 13:11

    I enjoy this book so much that I bought this to replace the one I thought I lost, then found the first one again

  • Colin Povey
    2019-04-13 16:06

    Who thinks of bookshelves? No one, unless you need to shelve some books, and even then it seems `pretty obvious'. Well, think again. Henry Petroski, a professor of both Civil Engineering and History at Duke University, has written an amazing study of the booksehelf.

  • L.W. Brittian
    2019-03-22 13:22

    As advertised

  • ellen m. patton
    2019-03-31 15:05

    Another excellent addition to my collection of Books about Books!