Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Koliko knjiga” as Want to Read:
Koliko knjiga
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Koliko knjiga

by
3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  656 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Zbirka eseja o temama vezanima za lanac pisac-urednik-izdavač-menadžer-čitatelj-knjižar. Autor, meksički pjesnik i esejist, na ležeran i zavodljiv način komentira naš život s knjigama u doba "obilja" jer ljudska vrsta danas objavi jednu knjigu svakih 30 sekundi, a istodobno pisanje postaje ljudima zanimljivije od čitanja. Usprkos tom paralizirajućem stanju autor ističe da ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published 2005 by Algoritam (first published 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Koliko knjiga, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Koliko knjiga

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Alejandra Arévalo
Una de las cosas que más me maravillan de Gabriel Zaid es su capacidad de escribir tan claramente lo que es obvio para muchos y que aún así no notábamos de su existencia hasta leerlo en sus libros. En Los Demasiados Libros, Gabriel Zaid nos retrata el mundo lector, lo maravilloso que puede ser y quizás también lo triste, desesperante y cierto. Con sus palabras, nos lleva a observar este mundo desde diversas disciplinas que van desde la poesía hasta lo económico. De todo el libro rescato la forma ...more
Katie
Aug 01, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got more from the first chapter (on why/how we read) than the rest of the book (a call to arms for publishers to curtail crappy writing). But basically I think the credo: 'What does it matter how cultivated and up to date we are, or how many thousands of books we’ve read? What matters is how we feel, how we see, what we do after reading; whether the street and the clouds and the existence of others mean anything to us; whether reading makes us, physically, more alive.' (p. 24) applies to any c ...more
Bruna Miranda
Dec 15, 2016 Bruna Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pequenos ensaios sobre livros, futuro e passado do mercado editorial e o relacionamento livro-leitor-editor. Cada ensaio é uma 'conversa' que em grande maioria é imparcial - um deles eu achei um pouco romantizada -, mas no fim todos são gostosos de ler :)
Kristīne
Dec 31, 2014 Kristīne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obligāts lasāmais visiem grāmatniekiem - izdevējiem, pārdevējiem, rakstniekiem, un tiem, kuri kādreiz ir gribējuši par tādiem kļūt.
Īsi, koncentrēti un ļoti gudri pārspriedumi par grāmatu "būtību" komercijas, kultūras un vēsturiskajā kontekstā.
Aizmirstiet romantizēto skatu uz grāmatu kā svēto objektu. Tā saucamo "rakstnieku" tagad ir tik daudz, un pasaule ir piesārņota ar literatūru, kurai pastāv iespēja palikt nelasītai. Un kādēļ lai mēs turpinātu rakstīt un izdot jaunas grāmatas??
Alaide Mo
Jan 27, 2017 Alaide Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Quizá, por eso, la medida de la lectura no debe ser el número de libros leídos, sino el estado en que nos dejan. ¿Qué demonios importa si uno es culto, está al día o ha leído todos los libros? Lo que importa es cómo se anda, cómo se ve, cómo se actúa, después de leer. Si la calle y las nubes y la existencia de los otros tienen algo que decirnos. Si leer nos hace, físicamente, más reales.”

- Gabriel Zaid calmando mis ansias lectoras desde 2017.
Paloma
Reseña en Español | English review below

“Hay más libros que estrellas en una noche en alta mar. En esa inmensidad, ¿cómo puede un lector encontrar una constelación personal, esos libros que mueven su vida a conversar con el universo? ¿Y cómo puede un libro, entre millones, encontrar sus lectores? (...) Y, sin embargo, una y otra vez se produce el milagro: un libro encuentra su lector, un lector encuentra su libro” .

¿Se necesita decir algo más?

Este es un libro de un lector para otro lector; una
...more
Ted Smith
Jul 03, 2008 Ted Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: publishers, information professionals, readers, writers
Zaid's book is a small gem. Translated from the original Spanish, this is a insightful and erudite discussion of the significance of reading as a pillar of culture, the current and future state of of publishing, and the continuing viability and importance of the printed book in a world of e-texts and online publishing. Zaid has a great many worthwhile things to say, and he says them well in a concise manner.

Among the many things he points out is that the biggest cost in reading is not the price
...more
julieta
Feb 06, 2016 julieta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mexico, non-fiction
Con este libro me pasó algo que me ha sucedido pocas veces. No entiendo el tono, no sé si es gracioso, o ardido, si está hablando en serio o en broma. Pero me costó mucho trabajo mantener la atención. No me interesa leer por ser "culta" así que un libro que dice eso, por más que sea Gabriel Zaid, a quien le tengo respeto (le tengo mucho cariño a una compilación de poesía mexicana que hizo, pero no he leído nada más), aunque tampoco puedo decir que lo conozco tanto.
El caso es que me costó trabaj
...more
Agustín Fest
Un libro breve y muy sabroso. Aunque algunas cosas ya están fuera del tiempo (y eso que fue escrito, apenas, hace casi 20 años), me gusta verlo como una lectura obligada para lectores, editores, bibliotecarios, entre otros. No sólo ofrece una visión interesante y muy completa del mundo editorial, también hace preguntas que hogaño son vigentes.
Ben
May 31, 2017 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting take (this is more a large essay rather than a true full piece of work) on books, the publishing industry, and their future. Specifically in regards to over-publishing, over-production, and slightly touching on the future insofar as technology is involved (eBooks, Kindles, etc.).

A bit dated but not too much (read: 2002), it does figure and factor in Amazon, eBooks, internet, etc. The hypertextual ideas it talks about at the end is basically Wikipedia which is what it never really
...more
Miguel Jiménez
Oct 05, 2014 Miguel Jiménez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leer este libro es como juntar la vida de un lector con la de otro lector. En el encuentro, se comparten las sensaciones que da la lectura o el libro como tal. Pero no sólo se queda en una plática, sino hay un descubrimiento de ideas -cuando menos, ajenas- sobre lo que significa esto de los libros. Y eso es por el pensamiento personal de Gabriel Zaid, que en su escritura parece como si lo dicho fuera cualquier cosa, cuando de entro de esas ideas hay reflexiones únicas y, me atrevo a decir, brill ...more
Carlos
Feb 26, 2015 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay varias reflexiones valiosas en este libro y varios temas que me gustaría entender/debatir pero hay una sola reflexión que para mi vale el libro entero y es uno de los textos que más me ha sorprendido:

Después de leer cien, mil, diez mil libros en la vida, ¿qué se ha leído? Nada. Decir: Yo sólo que no he leído nada después de leer miles de libros, no es un acto de fingida modestia: es rigurosamente exacto, hasta la primera decimal de cero por ciento. Pero ¿no es quizás eso, exactamente, socrát
...more
Jane
Feb 05, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two prizes for this book: the BB and the Booby. The BB, or Bulging Brain Award, goes to Gabriel Zaid for the most original and thought-provoking book of 2012. The Booby goes to his publisher, Paul Dry Books of Philadelphia, for letting a mis-bound book out of his warehouse. There I was, happily following the clever observations of my new spiritual-fiance-book guru, when suddenly, pages 81-112 failed to show. OK, I thought, maybe they were bound into the back by mistake? Nope, I got two copies of ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 05, 2008 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, librarybooks
This is where I admit to having a serious addiction to books. Not to mention a deep and abiding curiosity about the mysteries of books; about the metrics of production and all of those conversations between writers and readers.

I really enjoyed this book. So much is contained within its 144 pages that I need to purchase my own copy.

After all, 'if every private library is a reading plan' then the chaos that is my plan is clearly, umm, a plan undergoing continuous improvement.
Evey
Apr 14, 2013 Evey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I read this for university and I really enjoyed it, which actually surprised me. I didn't expect to be compelled to read a book and enjoy doing so, but I did because it's really good.

So, if you're interested in reading about books itself (not exactly a history of books but present and future of them), I highly recommend you to read "Los demasiados libros".
Israel Carlock
Aug 25, 2012 Israel Carlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
muy buen libro.. con él me pasó el golpe de lectura. Mi encuentro con este texto fue fortuito, nunca hubiera pensado en leer un libro sobre la problemática del libro pero fue una grata sorpresa, después del primer capítulo me siento menos frustrado de tener tantos libros sin leer :)...
Anastasiaadamov
Feb 11, 2016 Anastasiaadamov rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorites
Rather cute book with lots of optimistic views on books and their future. It was written by someone who loves books for others who love books as well.
Doug
Feb 03, 2015 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part celebration of readership, part education on the book business. Greatly enjoyed the book and the glimpse into how some of my favorite sausage is made.
Lobstergirl
Feb 24, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ban-Ki Moon
Shelves: books-on-books
A book that bemoans overpublishing, which itself is an example of the problem.

I did like the cover, though.
ben
Jul 29, 2010 ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, there are a lot of books in the world. We will never read them all. Okay, oh well. Get over it.

Nice writing though, if not a bit repetitive.
Araceli.libros
Me gustó mucho la primera mitad, pero después se puso a hablar de costos y de almacenaje, más destinados a editores y a libreros, por lo que me aburrió un poco.

Me quedo con la frase del final del primer capítulo: "¿Qué demonios importa si uno es culto, está al día o ha leído todos los libros? Lo que importa es cómo se anda, cómo se ve, cómo se actúa, después de leer. Si la calle y las nubes y la existencia de los otros tienen algo que decirnos. Si leer nos hace, físicamente, más reales."

Otra má
...more
CM
Oct 26, 2016 CM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little book with many bookish essays about publishing, bookstore and reading. The discussion with the first two topics seems a bit dated (not much, as the author provides much historical details, timelessly valuable ) but there is only that much a book written in 2003 can shed light to our digital reading life. Still, the part on reading is often spot-on and I wish I can hear more of his thought on the life of reading.
zuzqaa
May 27, 2017 zuzqaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
a little book about books. how it is possible that there is so many books nad how bookshops, publishers and readers come to that tremendous amount of different books.

yes, I definitely had time for this books. but it was interesting after all. I've learned something new about the world of publishing.
Jesús Ortíz
Mar 16, 2017 Jesús Ortíz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es la primera vez que tengo un acercamiento con Gabriel Zaid, y debo decir que en algunos de sus artículos refieren directamente a la situación del libro, como : el panorama actual , la distribución, la producción. Incluso podría decir que se podría tomar como un manual de "Cómo ser un buen librero y no fracasar en el intento". Pero al final todo se reduce a lo mismo, el describir el mundo del lector y su relación con esas obras que lo han maravillado con el paso de los siglos.
Arthur Tashiro
Jul 24, 2012 Arthur Tashiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Gabriel Zaid is a poet and critic who, according to the cover of SO MANY BOOKS, lives with a library of 10,000 volumes: the right fellow to discuss the moods and attitudes created by reading and writing. He talks about them in the context of the history of the written word and the state of publishing in 2003. His thoughts about Amazon, publishing on demand, and the advantages of printed texts over electronic ones are out of date, and some people now talk about the extinction of the book. But Zai
...more
Santiago Kahn
Mar 07, 2017 Santiago Kahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ácido y por momentos hiperbólicamente polémico. Para editores y autores de escala diversa aporta a la discusión. Estamos en un momento donde se edita más que nunca en la historia. Así que creo que es una lectura obligada para el palo.
Nathan Albright
Sep 25, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among my friends there is a widespread inside joke, sometimes implicit and sometimes explicit, about certain books being Nathanish. Being someone who reads a lot of books of a wide variety, there are nevertheless certain constellations of books, in this book’s parlance, that are recognizable as being the sort of books that I read over and over again. Whether it is providing a thoughtful male perspective on worthwhile books that are written by women, for women, and about women, or memoirs about o ...more
Jay Hinman
Excessively literate book obsessives are an exceptionally narcissistic tribe; how else to explain the incredible amount of available books that happen to be themselves dissertations about books, or that concern the pleasures of reading, or are instead navel-gazing studies into the mind of the reader whilst reading? I’m certainly not immune, and Gabriel Zaid’s short treatise on books isn’t the first such missive I’ve spent money on in order to justify or deepen my attachment to reading and/or con ...more
Ingeborg
As much as I like books on reading and readers, this one is really lame and shallow. Between one and two stars. Half of the book's content is in the title - yes, there are many books in this world, so what? There are also many kinds of food and clothing, many tv stations, MANY is all around us in the consumerist society - but we manage somehow, don't we? Not to mention many men and women, but most of us find partner(s) ... It is all a question of choice - we have to know which book to pick. We s ...more
Angel
Sep 06, 2008 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes reading about books
I read this book back in 2005. Here is what I wrote in my journal about it at the time:

>>Finished reading Gabriel Zaid's So Many Books, a short 144 pg. set of essays on books and reading. The author looks at readers, the publishing industry, and why e-books do not mean the end of printed books among other topics. It was a light, quick, and pleasant read; the book was engaging and relaxing. Highly recommended for those who love books about books and reading. I think the best comment or obs
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Wolverine Farm Pu...: * So Many Books! 2 13 Sep 12, 2015 09:21AM  
  • A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict
  • A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World
  • The Anatomy of Bibliomania
  • Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction
  • At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries
  • Rereadings: Seventeen writers revisit books they love
  • Libraries
  • Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Book store
  • Ruined By Reading: A Life in Books
  • The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read
  • Bibliotopia Or, Mr. Gilbar's Book of Books & Catch-all of Literary Facts And Curiosities
  • The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller
  • A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books
  • Living With Books
  • Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore
  • ABC for Book Collectors
  • A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books
  • Libraries in the Ancient World
68892
Gabriel Zaid has been a member of the Mexican Academy of Language since 1986. He has distinguished himself for never appearing in public. A lot of his centre on poetry and and criticism of the literary establishment.
More about Gabriel Zaid...

Share This Book



“¿Y para qué leer? ¿Y para qué escribir? Después de leer cien, mil, diez mil libros en la vida, ¿qué se ha leído? Nada. Decir: yo sólo sé que no he leído nada, después de leer miles de libros, no es un acto de fingida modestia: es rigurosamente exacto, hasta la primera decimal de cero por ciento. Pero ¿no es quizá eso, exactamente, socráticamente, lo que los muchos libros deberían enseñarnos? Ser ignorantes a sabiendas, con plena aceptación. Dejar de ser ignorantes, para llegar a ser ignorantes inteligentes. [...] Quizá, por eso, la medida de la lectura no debe ser el número de libros leídos, sino el estado en que nos dejan.
¿Qué demonios importa si uno es culto, está al día o ha leído todos los libros? Lo que importa es cómo se anda, cómo se ve, cómo se actúa, después de leer. Si la calle y las nubes y la existencia de los otros tienen algo que decirnos. Si leer nos hace, físicamente, más reales.”
66 likes
“The truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more.” 48 likes
More quotes…