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Re: Spines
« Reply #135 on: 12 January, 2012, 06:36:54 am »
I had a dilemma when shelving all my old french-language books when I finished uni - their spine text runs the other way so you have to tilt your head left instead of right to read along a shelf of 'em. If they're mixed with English books, it's just anarchy. You could shelve them upside down and they'd look the same, but deep down you'd always KNOW they were upside down, and that would clearly be unacceptable.
It's even more tricky than that, because if all the US or UK trade text spine are always oriented in the same way (bending your head to the right), in France, depending on the editor, it's either one way or another. So when you're looking for a particular item on the shelf, it's kind of a strange gymnastics (better do it when there is nobody around).

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Re: Spines
« Reply #136 on: 12 January, 2012, 09:27:03 am »
Vark - that's very true, up and down left to right, its a RSI nightmare!
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Re: Spines
« Reply #137 on: 12 January, 2012, 11:34:47 am »
It was explained to me once that French book spines are designed to be read when on shelves and UK ones when a book is lying flat on a surface.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #138 on: 12 January, 2012, 03:17:58 pm »
It was explained to me once that French book spines are designed to be read when on shelves and UK ones when a book is lying flat on a surface.

?think I argument Emperor's explaining to way some goes Which

(Sorry for making that gag a second time.)

Indeed. In a vertical stack 1 goes at the top so you read down, then you put that stack on its side and 1 is now on the right - to read them you cock your head to right and essentially read downwards right to left.
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Re: Spines
« Reply #139 on: 12 January, 2012, 03:33:23 pm »
your mouth is full of wrong! what about adding the latest one? all that double handling, tsk H&S not to mention RSI
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Re: Spines
« Reply #140 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:00:16 pm »
Guys!  You're overlooking something even more serious!  The multi colour-coded Dredd sequence has been violated!

All Case File volume 1's (1, 11, 21 etc) have to have red spines, right?  And all volume 2's (2, 12, 22, etc) have to have yellow spines, etc etc.

The Cosh has time-travelled into the future and brought back the abomination that is Case Files 60.  It SHOULD be white, but the @#&*!% made you looking thing's grey!



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Re: Spines
« Reply #141 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:02:29 pm »
Its also French judging by the orientation of the lettering. The Emperor will be pleased.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #142 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:20:00 pm »
I'm just off to cut the very last three shelves for my all-new revised house-wide bookshelf reorganisation project (necessitated because at the age of 2-going-on-22 I think it's about time that my poor neglected daughter didn't have to sleep in a room stacked floor-to-ceiling with GNs, SF and straight novels, Archaeology, History and Science books, Star Wars crapiana, and so what hasn't been sold yet has to go somewhere). 

Is it wrong that I'm whistling a jaunty tune to myself as I contemplate a complete re-ordering of my remaining (and thus most precious) books?  Must review this entire thread to develop a scheme, but first, Nurse!  The tenon saw!

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Re: Spines
« Reply #143 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:30:27 pm »
I'm curious to know which book Cosh dislikes so much he's turned the spine around so we can't see the name of it.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #144 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:38:23 pm »
I'm curious to know which book Cosh dislikes so much he's turned the spine around so we can't see the name of it.
A process of elimination will lead you to conclude its Casefiles 16  :geek:

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Re: Spines
« Reply #145 on: 13 January, 2012, 02:39:09 pm »
Presumably the Lulu.com deluxe printing of Django Zoon: The Straightener.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #146 on: 13 January, 2012, 03:07:53 pm »
I'm curious to know which book Cosh dislikes so much he's turned the spine around so we can't see the name of it.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #147 on: 13 January, 2012, 03:10:18 pm »
It's actually a copy of 'The Courtship of Jena Makarov'. He just didn't want the Huffster to comment on character mortality.

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Re: Spines
« Reply #148 on: 13 January, 2012, 03:16:51 pm »
You mean she ? naw better not   ;)
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Re: Spines
« Reply #149 on: 14 January, 2012, 12:50:21 pm »
Yes, yeesssss!   A few weeks behind schedule, but a total of 22m of shelving is now complete, spread across three rooms, our books for the exclusive and sole use of.  Not including new cupboarded space set aside for CDs, DVDs, files etc., my former office library (in storage in my brother's house, along with some flatpack shelves set against the day I have an office again), and three smaller bookcases reserved for the kids.  Lion's share is gloriously accessible in the living room, cobbled together rather nattily into a built-in unit from re-used and re-sized IKEA Billys and scrap timber.  An end to boxes and attics and teetering piles, except for all that stuff that won't fit, which is heading for a car-boot sale, and then (lets face it) the charity shops.  We've already eBayed anything that seemed vaguely valuable.  If the leftovers include any comicky  or genre stuff, I'll put up a free-to-a-good-home list here first.

Let the rigid ordering of spines commence!  Well, right after I get a system down, get some jobs done for my father-in-law, and prepare the vegetable patch while this dry weather holds.  So soon.  Honest.