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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Every shelf is different and every bookshelf tells a different story. One bookshelf can creak with character in a bohemian coffee shop and another can groan with gravitas in the Library of Congress. Writer and historian Lydia Pyne finds bookshelves to be holders
Paperback, 152 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Mind the Book
"It's almost as if a person's bookshelf is a Jungian personality test or a Rorschach inkblot; the books and not-books a person puts on their shelves become a declaration of identity."

Essän ekar en aning av Barthes och Bourdieu, men innehåller inte tillräckligt mycket sociologi eller psykologi. Blir uttråkad av den kulturhistoriska wikipediagenomgången av boksamlingar genom tiderna.

Böcker om böcker är en svår genre. Önskar att jag plockat upp en 'object lesson'-essä om något jag har mi
Nice little history, and Pyne makes an intersting connection between ebooks and chained books that I hadn't thought about (though note Amazon now lets a person use five devices). I do wish she had included a bit about shelving on places like GR though.
Burak Uzun
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ortaçağ'ın kitapları raflara zincirli kitaplıklarından günümüzün dijital kütüphanelerine kadar değinen hoş bir kitaptı.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
Kitapseverlere hitap eden, çevirisi güzel, keyifli bir kitap...
Yazarın tercihleri doğrultusunda, kitapların öyküsünü kitaplıklara bağlayan güzel bir çalışma...
Laura Hoffman Brauman
This one was perfection for me, although I understand that it may not be everyone's cup of tea. This is one edition of a new series from Bloomsbury called "Object Lessons" that explores the cultural and social significance, along with the history of various items or concepts. Bookshelf was my first dip into the series and I'm looking forward to reading more. This slim volume looked at bookshelves through time -- how they came to be, what we associate with them, what they signify, how libraries u ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great little book, especially for book lovers! Although I think about the cultural history of books all the time in my own research, I've rarely considered the shelves those texts live upon until picking up this book. Now I can't stop thinking about the history behind all the bookshelves I encounter!
Simge Ünlü
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eğer kitaplıklara takıntılı değilseniz sizi sıkacak bir kitap olabilir.Ben biraz takıntılıyım,her gittiğim yerde ilk incelediğim şey kitaplıklardır.O yüzden severek okudum bu kurgu dışı kitabı.5 ana başlıktan oluşuyordu,bazı kısımlar ee bu niye anlatılıyor hissiyatı verse de çoğunu severek okudum,hatta daha ayrıntılı anlatılsaydı keşke dedim.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, cover
I have a feeling that other books in this series are better. I enjoyed it, but had a lot of questions at the end about people and books she only briefly touches upon. The text really meandered. Pyne also inserts herself into the text liberally, which seems self-indulgent, and also pointless (as it doesn't make the text any more interesting, really). I'm being very critical mainly because it didn't live up to my expectations (given how great the idea for the series is, the high recommendations th ...more
Sarah Buchmann
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booklovers
Love books? Ever considered the shelves they're spending their lifetime on? Well, it's about time to and well worth it. Booklovers' complementary literature.
Onur Daylan
Büyük bir şevkle aldım fakat beğendiğimi söyleyemeceğim.

Kültür tarihi kitaplarında konu içinde akış arıyorum ve bu akışın da keyif verici olmasını bekliyorum.

Bu kitapta aksayan bir yan var. Tarihi geçişler az olduğu gibi dar bir perspektife sığdırılmış. Babaannem kütüphaneci idi, ben lise yıllarımda okulun kütüphanesini düzenleyip kayıt altına aldım, konuyla ilgiliyim ve biraz da bilgiliyim. Kitaplığın sadece fiziki haline (o da üstünkörü yapılmış) odaklanılmış ve ağırlık
İsmail Kaplan
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitaplıkların hikâyesi ile kitabın ve insanın hikâyesi nerede, nasıl kesişiyor? Yayınevinin de belirttiği üzere "ince şeylerin hatırını gözeten" bir kitap.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Konu başlığı ve içeriğindeki vaad ettiği bilgiler ilgimi çekmişti, Kayıp Rıhtım’ın incelemesine 1 rağmen bir şans vermek istedim ama vermesem de olurmuş. Romalı şair Cicero ile başlayıp oradan zincirli kütüphanelere oradan hereketli ve modern kütüphanelere geçiyor, biraz kütüphane mimarisinden bahsedip modern çağda kişisel kütüphanelerin psikolij etkisine girer gibi yapıp aynı şeyleri tekar ediyor. Genelde küçük bilgieri gereksiz uzatarak ve tekrar ederek pek iyi olmayan bil dille anlatmış yazar ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is more beautiful, relevant, powerful- the Library of Congress or an Apple Store?
As a passionate biblio/audiophile and avid reader in many forms, this short narrative gave me great pause to consider the history and future of great literary works and conveyance of human knowledge. Brilliantly presented and thoughtfully written, Pyne dives way beyond the meaning of a book to the form and function of the furniture that has a surprisingly huge impact on our culture. The physical weight carried
Gary Wright
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Totally ironic that a book that ponders the future of physical printed books would leave their final edits so riff with typos and mis-spellings. Page 56 alone had more than 13 errors in it's one paragraph alone. "Fixed" was spelled "fixt", "stepped" is "stept", "helped" is "helpt." Three "are" words are simply left as "ar" and two examples of "have" are "hav." Did they type with with a broken "e" key?

That aside, I rated this as liking it because the content is just wonderful. Looking
Mason Jones
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This slim book is part of the "Object Lessons" series of books about...objects. This one of course is about bookshelves. I found the idea intriguing, and it's a cute little book, but it was only partially satisfying. It was fairly enjoyable and a brief read, but I felt as though it only slightly touched on the most potentially interesting topics and repeated things in a rambling sort of way. In some ways I thought perhaps the author had trouble stretching the subject to full length, yet could ha ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As the author jumped from subject to subject for no apparent reason, my mind did the same but jumped from question to question. Why is she telling this? How are these two issues interconnected? Why are we suddenly talking about digital piracy?
At a certain point, my mind got confused, stopped asking questions and shut itself up after giving my hands the order to do the same with the book.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a confessed book nerd and loved this meditation on the bookshelf.
The social and cultural significance of all kinds of bookshelves. Enjoyable.

"Object Lessons" series.
Madi Files
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
the parts that were interesting were really great, it was tedious at times
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 I forget how I stumbled upon this clever miniseries of books from Bloomsbury Press called ObjectLessons, but I'm glad I did. It is like the Tedtalk of nouns in book form. Titles include: Glass, Tree, Hotel, Bread, Silence and many intriguing more. This particular edition is about bookshelves and examines their cultural significance, their history, some of their unique features and unknown trivia. Subcategories within this include a medieval chained library (Hereford, England), the Donkey Mob ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read for anyone who loves books or libraries.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5'tan 4 yıldız. Genel geçer bir kitaplık konsepti tarihçesi; günümüzden örnekler ve yorumlamalar da güzel harmanlanmış. Keyifliydi.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun and quick to read little volume for booklovers! Somewhat disorganised in main idea at times; he jumps from fictional mention of bookshelf to another bookshelf in fiction. But in a way this shows the cultural reflection of bookshelves. This book wont take you long to read, but it will make you want to reorganise your bookshelves!
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