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For those who love lists--and not necessarily the "10 Best Places to Buy Pesto" featured in city magazines--this book should surely whet your intellectual appetite. Compiled by a British librarian, the work includes a wide variety of interesting and unusual facts (largest military library, oldest dental-school library, major libraries suffering fire or natural devastation, 14 major films that featured libraries, etc.). In addition the book contains many fascinating facts about books, periodicals, and bookstores. The author, a diligent researcher, combed through many of the major European libraries to collect all this information. Although he acknowledges his book has a disproportionate number of entries on the UK, other countries and continents are still well covered. One problem: the work would have been greatly enhanced with a list of consulted sources, which would have been especially useful in some entries for researchers pursuing more information. This work, combined with the "Librariana" section of the Whole Library Handbook 3: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa about Libraries and Library Services (2000), will certainly enlighten and entertain librarians about the enduring and remarkable history of our institutions. Donald Altschiller
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"Intriguing...easy, enjoyable browsing." --Library Journal

"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
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Product Details

  • Series: Library World Records
  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; 2nd edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786438525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786438525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,146,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make no mistake about this fact: We all love superlatives, everyone wants to know about the oldest, the best, the largest, the smallest, the most expensive, etc
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.
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I really enjoyed this well written reference book about libraries and books.
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.
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