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The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
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Aug 15, 09

bookshelves: geekature, booksaboutbooks
Recommended for: bibliophiles!
Read in August, 2009

From the introduction to the Bibliography:
"This book began with a question: From where did the bookshelf and bookcase come? The question soon turned into a hypothesis: The bookcase evolved, as I believe all artifacts do, in response to real and perceived problems with existing technology. In the case of the bookshelf, this meant shortcomings in the way in which books were stored."

The book touches on the question of art vs. function of bookshelves, the evolution of bookbinding, bookcases and bookshelves as civil engineering, and the way in which the evolution of the book and the evolution of the bookshelf are related.

As I read this book, I kept thinking in the back of my head about my own bookshelves and bookcases, and how I can redo them… and how many more books I can buy and where I can put them … :)

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08/01/2009 page 0
0.0% "How much of a geek am I that I got all squealy and excited to read a book about books and bookshelves?"
08/15/2009 page 304
100% "I'm a geek, and I <3 geek books."
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