Saturday, June 11, 2011

In brief: Book Design

For some reason, graphic design books never seem to put the author's name on the spine of the book. So even if I can see on my scanner that the author's last name is say, "Jenkins," I still have to scan a half-dozen books in order to find the "J"s on the shelf.

One would think that graphic designers, who are all about designing text for function and form, would realize that books often end up on shelves, spines out, in alphabetical order.

Or maybe not.

Last night the air conditioning in the store was broken. I'm pretty sure that shelving graphic design books in 90-degree weather with no AC could be used as an interrogation technique by the DoD.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

In and Out: The reality of bookstore inventory

I frequently pick up ARCs (advance readers' copies) of titles at work, and this one caught my eye some months ago. It's such an interesting premise: a woman recovering from divorce and loss of custody of her children rights herself via finding moving to a house which belonged to Nabokov, finding a manuscript, and opening a male whorehouse (crazy!). And it also caught my eye because the author is also a debut author writing contemporary mainstream.

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