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Old 10-20-2011, 08:21 AM
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English Books/German Books Titles

Hi, I noticed something about books what made me wonder, I have German and English books, if I have an English book laying on it's back, I can read the title on it's small side just right, I mean to say that the letters are the right side up(like my writing). If I have a German book, the writing is upside down. Why is it different? Thanks
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:29 AM
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The usual take on this is http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...ne_orientation.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:43 AM
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One http too many, Mops. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookbin...ne_orientation


The explanation is under Spine Titling and seems to amount to "it's customary".

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:48 AM
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That is one thing that bugged me no end during my days of putting up books on the shelves in a public library.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:30 AM
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Even worse is that it's not done consistently: some English and German publishers put the title across the width, instead of along the length; some English publishers put the title along the other way (from bottom to top), some German publishers put the title the other way (top to bottom).

And yes, in a bookstore or library, this means the titles all run in all directions. In my own shelves, I put the titles all in one direction (left) because I find it more comfortable to tilt my head that way, although some of the books stand on their head. But this doesn't bother me and doesn't harm the books.

If the publishers would ever listen to librarians (fat chance of that!) then all titles will run in one direction for latin-alphabet languages.

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Old 10-20-2011, 10:37 AM
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In my own shelves, I put the titles all in one direction.... But this ... doesn't harm the books.
Not physically, but all the juicy parts of the stories will wind up running out onto the floor.
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If the publishers would ever listen to librarians (fat chance of that!) ...
That is what I usually say about the general layout of books, but if they did it, we specialised cataloguers would have nothing to do.
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