If you love books about books like I do then this book is a must. The feel of the paper alone will make a book-lover giddy. Incredibly well researched this book is divided into four sections discussing the page and how paper was produced, the text from writing to typesetting, illustrations from illuminations to woodcuts and lithographs, to the form and why books are the size and shape they are. Illustrations throughout and labels for book parts ♥️
“We bought books at bookshops and garage sales; we borrowed them temporarily from libraries and permanently from our friends” ...I feel judged
“‘The Book‘... is rectangular because cows, goats, and sheep are rectangular too.” I love this quote from p331 of ‘The Book‘ by Keith Houston. A very enjoyable read that brought back some of the information I learned in my Graphic Communications courses.
A small but mighty book haul for Xmas 2018. I borrowed the tagged book from the library and decided I needed my own copy to fully appreciate it. Looking forward to the collection of Time Lord verse (Now We Are Six Hundred). The Inconvenient Indian will also be interesting and important.
I never expected to find a quote from The Princess Bride in this book!
Finally getting around to reading this lovely object. It‘s so nice to read a book that uses good paper!
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Happy National Read a Book day!
Still driving my parents around. Still waiting in crowded parking lots. Thanks goodness, still got cell phone battery juice, however, a greater joy is on the horizon, because guess what is right around the corner from the bank. (my current on hold location) Target and Costco...Yay! ‘There be books.‘ I‘m going to get one or two. Skrrrt..Detour ahead! Now I can be Uber Daughter all day long.😃
The other part of my Prime Day splurge. I‘ve had this book in my cart for ages and I couldn‘t resist pulling the trigger on it thanks to the $5 off $20 deal they had running. Cannot wait to dig into this book. The attention to detail and design is impeccable, even the inside looks amazing! #bookmail
I have had this book on my Amazon wish list for awhile now. Although my son usually buys me everything on my wish list, he seems to ignore books! He is an avid reader so I do not understand it. I may just have to get this for myself. #BooksAboutBooks #readingresolutions @Jess7
Princess Bride reference! 😆
Most often, our library hold slips are wrapped around the spine of the book. Sometimes they will be wrapped around the page edge side, but they usually extend over the covers and the pages. Today was the first time I'd seen the hold slip wrapped around only the pages! Maybe the librarians didn't want to wreck the cover or spine -- sometimes they rip if the hold slip is too sticky. 🤔
This is totally me and my TBR shelves are visible proof of this. I keep trying to control my buying, but unsuccessful 99% of the time. Can you imagine if I didn't use the library??? 😬😬😬
This book appealed to my history nerd and my book nerd. A dense well written and well researched book on the history of the book. This covers from papyrus to modern day book making, including details of the making of a hardcover edition of The Book. Really interesting and worth a read.
I‘m being a sh*t mom tonight. I‘m reading a physical book and have my headphones in because I hate people-ing. Not #audiomomming *note: the sh*t mom is a joke
Asking the tough historical questions
Just over one hundred pages to go and I've lost all interest in reading. Not just this book, but any book.
Got to love Kakfa.
Isabella hates bookmarks. She believes you should never stop reading. After this picture she promptly ran away with my bookmark.
Egads! I've been tagged! I've been challenged by the always enjoyable @ssravp to make a #FiveStarPredictions post!
Here are some TBR's I think I'll rate 5 stars: Empire Falls; 1Q84; The Book; All the King's Men; The Doubter's Alamanc; Gödel, Escher, Bach.
I'll #PairWith JW Blue for these anticipated selections. ???
I tag @CouronneDhiver , @Caffienequeen , @JenP , @annahenke , @kylienoele , @Jamesfahyauthor to see what you all have in mind.
"By examining how paper from differing batches is distributed throughout the surviving printed Bibles, and by tracking idiosyncrasies of spelling, spacing, and other typographical quirks, experts have concluded that four workers (later six) were engaged in assembling pages, or "composing" them, at once."
Huh, so what does this say about my life in 2017?
I'm not a biblical scholar or anything, but it's NOT RevelationS it's Revelation and it drives me nuts when an S is added to it.
This paragraph gave me the warm "you get me" fuzzies.
I will join in on the fun! ?
1. 10-20 hours
2. Print books
3. Mystery and Horror
4. Romance and Westerns
5. Biggest pet peeve is having people talk to me when I'm reading or making a lot of noise. ??
6. I love that I can "travel" to other worlds and experience things that would be way out of my own comfort zone.
7. I buy way more books than I'll ever be able to read.
Asylum as home for books. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/05/18/the-library-of-books-and-bombs/
I'm finally getting this again. Yah! #bookmail
A pretty solid read, though I didn't love it. I'm the kind of girl who went to an exhibition of incunabula while on her honeymoon so it was interesting (and effin' beautiful) but I maybe didn't need a full 75 pages on the history of papyrus ➡ parchment ➡ paper?
Also, my phone suggests 'incunabula' and that makes me feel warm fuzzy things.
Meanwhile, why did I get this from the library instead of just buying it!? It's so pretty, I want to get it drunk and take it to bed with me.
I display three favorite Alcott titles wrapped in colored twine on the "classics" shelf of my fiction bookcase and Angelou's first installment of her autobiography: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" lying flat in my non-fiction case with her other installments stacked vertically on top. The Angelou is from the Folio Society. #FolioSociety #Classics #Alcott #Angelou #MayaAngelou
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Reading a book about the history of bookmaking. I'm very nerdy.
#Bookmail is the best mail 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Found boxes in the mailbox on our way home this evening, and found these inside. All steeply discounted on BN.com. There goes my library pay 😂👏🏻! Do any of them stand out to you? ☺
I'm back from my litsy break! Happy new year 🎊 I read 67 books in 2016, and here's the first one of 2017!
Between pick and so-so. This book is divided into four sections in the development of the modern book- writing, writing surfaces, printing and binding. Because of this structure, there is a lot of jumping back and forth in time, but the development of the book is probably not a straight line anyway. One thing I particularly liked was more in-depth information on the Chinese inventions that greatly influenced the modern book.