Books on Books: Bookmaking, Biblioclasm, Bibliophilia

Of the Making of Books, there is no end, and on this list we celebrate by bringing together books on printing, gathering, binding, everything bibliographical (bookmaking, however, not lists of books) and bibliomaniacal. NO TECHNICAL MANUALS, please. These should be readable, enjoyable books with style and substance.
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291 books · 328 voters · list created October 22nd, 2009 by Thom Dunn (votes) .
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Thom 6023 books
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Laurie 1270 books
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Lobstergirl 4419 books
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Amanda J 1331 books
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Bibliotheque 114 books
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Bettie☯ 14908 books
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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Great list, I look forward to checking some of these out! However, you should really add "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino! It's great fun to read, and a wonderful homage to books, language, readers, writers, publishers, booksellers, and book culture in general.


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Mark wrote: "Great list, I look forward to checking some of these out! However, you should really add "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" by Italo Calvino! It's great fun to read, and a wonderful homage to book..."

Absolutely.


message 3: by Lynn (new)

Lynn How can I "bookmark" or "save" this list for future reference?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Unfortunately, I don't think that's currently possible (unless you want to favorite it in your browser). Should be, though.


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lynn wrote: "How can I "bookmark" or "save" this list for future reference?"

Click of the green tag, upper right, "My Lists"....This list-of-your-lists will contain in order any list you posted anything on.


message 6: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Thom wrote: "Lynn wrote: "How can I "bookmark" or "save" this list for future reference?"

Click of the green tag, upper right, "My Lists"....This list-of-your-lists will contain in order any list you posted an..."


Thanks!!


message 7: by msleighm (last edited Jun 28, 2013 09:53AM) (new)

msleighm I can't believe the Thursday Next "Lost in a Good Book" series was omitted. How do I vote...?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Up at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I thought this was supposed to be a nonfiction list? There's a ton of fiction on here.


message 10: by Thom (last edited Nov 29, 2015 08:26AM) (new)

Thom Dunn msleighm wrote: "I can't believe the Thursday Next "Lost in a Good Book" series was omitted. How do I vote...?"

Click on the tab, "Add books to this list", found to the right of the first item now on the list. If you have any difficulty, mail me inside GoodReads or on Facebook (Thom Dunn, Cincinnati)


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "I thought this was supposed to be a nonfiction list? There's a ton of fiction on here."

Hi there, L. G. ! Good to hear from you. I had in mind a nonfiction list but want a wide tent for people who have learned about bookmaking book---whatever from fiction. So for example I think "The Name of the Rose" informs readers about scribal habits. "82 Charring Cross" is borderline , I suppose, but look how many feel it belongs. .... "Let readers decide" has always been my credo.....but that includes you as well. I'd advise we start at the periphery and kick out irrelevant books from the bottom up.


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Hmm ok. I was thinking in particular about a spamming author who spams her book onto hundreds of lists, and found a place for it here (it seems to be a novel about journalists, which is not really what you are talking about).

Also - Madame Bovary - where's the bookmaking in there? What am I missing? She gets lost in novels, but so do a lot of novel heroines. I don't think we would put "Northanger Abbey" on here, for instance.


message 13: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Hmm ok. I was thinking in particular about a spamming author who spams her book onto hundreds of lists, and found a place for it here (it seems to be a novel about journalists, which is not really ..."

They should all go. Can you make it happen ? I am busy caring for a sick wife.


message 14: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Sure, I'll do some pruning.


message 15: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Sure, I'll do some pruning."

Much obliged. My wife has multiple myeloma and I am learning what it means to be a caregiver.


message 16: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Oh no! I'm sorry to hear it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Very sad to hear it, Thom.


message 18: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn L. G. and Suze: She has responded remarkably well to chemo and is working to regain her strength. A rewarding read on MM is Tom Brokaw's A Lucky Life Interrupted. Her case/response/treatment is comparable. And our, "Purpose holds, to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the western stars until [we] die."


message 19: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Oh no! I'm sorry to hear it."

Lobstergirl wrote: "Oh no! I'm sorry to hear it."

See above.


message 20: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Very sad to hear it, Thom."

See above


message 21: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl That's good news.


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