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Damian Thompson is currently Books Editor and Chief Sub-editor of The World of Interiors, having previously worked in book publishing. He lives with his family in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849751870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849751872
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In this age of the E-reader, is there any point investing in shelves and bookshelves? The question is raised at the beginning of this book and not surprisingly, the author argues in favour of the visual and tactile qualities of having books in a home and how it signifies our desire to give them a permanent place in our lives.

The sub-title of this book is "Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books" and this is what it delivers. With the chapters focusing on different rooms in the house, it talks about the specific storage and display options that work best in those spaces. For example in living rooms you may choose to group books by colour for a more appealing aesthetic, in dining rooms it's best to match the thickness of bookshelves to the dining table and in bathrooms - which are exposed to humid air - books must be stored behind doors or glass. There are also plenty of ideas for "eccentric" shelving - bookshelves that work almost as a piece of art or a conversation starter. One thing I appreciated is that many unusual shelving units are credited with their manufacturer or designer's name, so that you can track them down for yourself.

The book includes useful tips on caring for and cleaning books, how to store old and valuable books, and different methods of organizing books. It's often amusing: for example the author discusses the dread that most bibliophiles feel when lending books to friends.

There are a few books around that cover similar territory, for example Books Do Furnish a Room and
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There are tons of practical tips in here for stroring books, ideas for a style to fit your style, uber modern, formal, informal, modern, traditional, warehouse lofts, upscale, downplayed, English manor, French country, Italian country, color coordinated, utilitarian, even movable. or easily changed to fit your needs as they change, laid back, simple for the most part all of the ideas are practical for the styles they are meant for. There are suggestions on how to arrange your books so you can find the book you are trying to lay your hands on. Advice on how store and not store books. Some good suggestions for arranging books when you need to able to grab several over and over for research. There is a great section on library ideas for kids rooms. The book is interlaced with memorable sayings about books and reading from famous people and authors, adding to the fun of the great amount of wonderful pictures of libraries in the styles I have described above. There is a good list of resources for purchasing books, suppliers for materials to aid in building your library and list of architects that can aid you in planning your library. If you always have a book in your hand or in your purse this book is just that much better, the book gifts you dozens of different pictures of ways to store your precious treasures and is just a fun book to sit and thumb through, and enjoy.
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This is a picture book plain and simple, although occasionally some trite apercu stands out such as 'An eye-catching jacket helps a book stand out in a crowded marketplace' or 'the great disadvantage of built-in shelving and cabinetry is that you can't take it with you when you move' or even 'using the possession of books as a means to enhance your social status has a long pedigree. In the late 16th century...et seq'. Look in vain for any technical discussion of materials, dimensions, or construction.

A more interesting text and approach, including interviews with the designers or residents of the showcased bookshelved rooms, can be found in 'Living with Books' (Thames and Hudson, 2009).
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I have several books in my library about decorating with books. I enjoyed"Books Make a Home" because the author is a lover of books in addition to being a designer.The text was interesting and informative and the [pictures were beautiful. My own design preference is traditional but I enjoyed all of the styles represented in the book, because of the way the books themselves personalized them. Very well done.
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The best books are those that tell you what you know and then what you should know. This book is packed with great ideas. The pictures are of existing libraries from all walks of life. There is a short description of each picture and in-between is a discussion of the world of books and book lovers. There is a section on the care and feeding of books, another on where the word book came from, and much more interesting book related information.

Even though you are not supposed to lean books I have set of Character Sketches by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer on a 10 foot high plant ledge that one of the cats tilted them and I left it that way as it looks more like an old ruin. Forgive me I guess I better straighten them up.

The back of the book contains a selected bibliography, Resources and supplies, organizations and literary festivals, and a section of "Whose work has been featured in this book.

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