Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to get an Autograph

An autograph is a handwritten name, but how do you get your book signed. Here are a few ideas about how you get get your book signed by the writer. Read on.

Mario Vargas Llosa signing his books

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson is one of my favourite publishing  houses. Thames & Hudson publishes beautifully illustrated books on a wide range of subjects including Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Archaeology and History.

Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission for T&H was that its books should reveal the world of art to the general public, to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a broad, non-specialist reading public, at prices it could afford, the research and the findings of top scholars and academics. To capture the essence of this international concept, the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York (although Walter later admitted he could have chosen at least six other rivers for the name!).

Thomas and Eva Neurath

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Techniques of book preservation and conservation

The Book: Preservation and Conservation for Libraries and Archives
Nelly Balloffet and Jenny Hille

"In this book, preservation refers to steps that address the overall safekeeping of all the holdings.Conservation is used to mean hands-on treatment.”—Nelly Balloffet and Jenny Hille

When materials aren’t available due to deterioration, missing pages, disconnected covers, or other problems, it can be frustrating for users and librarians alike. The answer is to provide appropriate care for the collection from the outset, while also guiding staff on making needed repairs. In Preservation and Conservation, two experts show library administrators and decision makers optimal collection preservation techniques, what it takes to set up a conservation work area, and safe ways to mount a small exhibit. In between, those responsible for repairs will find easily learned, illustrated, step-by-step instructions to repair and conserve books and documents. Appendixes include care of photographs as well as lists of suppliers, and additional resources.
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