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Library World Records, 2d ed. Paperback – December 22, 2008
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"This ready-reference work is fun to browse...this is an entertaining book that gathers unique information in one volume...this book should surely whet your intellectual appetite...a wide variety of interesting and unusual facts...fascinating...diligent research...will certainly enlighten and entertain." --Booklist/RBB
"An international indispensable reference work on fascinating superlatives covering libraries and books around the world...fascinating...with surprising facts for everyone, this work will certainly enlighten and entertain librarians about the enduring and remarkable history of our institutions." --Panlibus Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
But it has been a long time since anyone decided to do serious research on book and library superlatives.
The guys who gave us "The Guinness Book of World Records" somehow neglected the library and book world, so if someone asked: Where can we find the oldest books and manuscripts in the world? or What is the name of the largest and smallest books in the world? we would be left scratching our heads as until now there was no reliable record book covering such facts.
Enter: "Library World Records" I congratulate Mr Oswald for completing such a special book, 264 pages (plus 112 photograhs) of facts on books and libraries around the world. What I liked so much about this book is its international coverage, because thats what the book is all about: World Records about books and libraries.
So if I wanted to know about the biggest university library in Africa, the oldest public library in Asia, the first book to be printed in Europe, the biggest bookstores in Brazil, or the most expensive book sold in the U.S., I only have to look it up in the index pages of "Library World Records"
"Library World Records" is also an invaluable reference book for researchers and students because the book also has an academic value, blending fascinating trivia and with well written facts tracing the history of books and libraries over time, and bringing out the book in paperback format is a good idea.
Because the book is the first of its kind in the world to be published, it will be a good idea if the publishers considered versions in Chinese and Spanish or French to allow non-English fans of books to enjoy the "Library World Records" too.
The author uses exhaustively research throughout to present fascinating superlatives. We displayed a copy in our library and already it has been stolen. Recommend that libraians keep a watch on thier on copies!
The author's has done a great job compiling the book. Because the book is easy to read and follow, it well also appeal to high school kids.