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  •  The greatest impact a book had upon me as an (5+ / 0-)

    artifact was when I first read The Fellowship of the Ring.

    That was before the paperback versions came out. Our librarian had gotten a copy of the original Houghton Mifflen hardback. This had the folded map of Middle Earth in the back, which is something I had never seen before.  The large format made the elaborate title page work (it looked ridiculous in the paperbacks). The whole thing seemed like it could have come from an alternate universe. Over the next few years I read and reread all three books in the trilogy dozens of times. Of course when the paperbacks came out I got those, but it wasn't quite the same.

    It is a good thing she didn't get a copy of Atlas Shrugged instead.

    •  Yes... (5+ / 0-)

      I started to write a diary about a JD Salinger volume and was going to focus on how the book actually looked: that was important to Salinger.  I enjoy how in antiquarian shops and now even in used book stores, you can date a book by its cover art (or lack of it).

      So the look and the feel of the thing is part of that experiential part.  Yes!

      The book publishing world is so very different now, than even it was 20-30 years ago.  Even academic publishing has to have spiffy cover art now...

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:47:33 AM PST

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      •  My favorite book ever was The Circus of Dr Lao. (5+ / 0-)

        I read it long ago in the Jim Baen paperback version. There was nothing to like about that other than the text and the price.

        A few years ago I found a copy of the hardback with the Boris Artzybasheff illustrations in the WVU library. It is beautiful and weird beyond belief. If I had gotten this when I was a kid I would have had no interest in hobbits.

      •  Recently I went to a conference where one of (6+ / 0-)

        the sessions was about the graphic design of books, and the main speaker was an award-winning book designer.  It's so much an art form that doesn't act like an art form, and often makes the difference between a book that you'll pick up and leaf through and one you'll pass over.

        "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

        by DrLori on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:25:07 AM PST

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        •  I'm a sucker for fonts, too (4+ / 0-)
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          especially quirky ones.

          I think that may be way some of the only poetry I really respond to is ee cummings.

          As you can tell, I'm getting more and more obsessed by this "book as object" angle now.

          (Stop her before she goes off the deep end).

          The design aspect in children's books, of course is so vital.  Even tho my kid is now a hulking 16 year old male who'd rather  rip out his molars with a rusty set of pliers than read a book these days, I still find myself wandering over to the kid lit section just to look at all the pretty pictures (and occasionally still buy them if I'm so moved).  Kids books have real fun with fonts, I think.

          Hope you're doing okay ;-)

          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:31:21 AM PST

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        •  Hey... (2+ / 0-)
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          How's your NaNoWriMo going?

          (See, I didn't forget)

          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:33:04 AM PST

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