Sunday, September 11, 2022

Inverted Vertebrae

Did you know that German spines go upside-down??


5 comments:

  1. it's a bit annoying when they're reversed but you can just put the book on the shelf upside down. varied orientation of the shelf is worse than having a chance to have to flip the book you've taken off them

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  2. Even with English-language books, it seems like it isn't totally consistent, even if over time the current norm has become by far more common.

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  3. At least it's self-consistent... I own a book series that started to come out in the nineties or so and changed publishing houses in the meantime - and of course some spines had to go bottom-up... Seems that we don't have one standard in Poland.

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  4. I was born in Germany, I live in Austria and I like it better when the title runs top-down. It's the more natural reading direction and when the book lies on a table, face up, you can read whats on the spine. The only thing is that a series of books oriented left to right in the shelf will now be read bottom-up.

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  5. Goes checking bookshelves.... I have German books in either orientation. I think the English way is becoming more common now and the other one is more traditional. However, ALL my French books are the "inverse" way, much more consistent than the German ones.
    I'm glad I have sorted my bookshelves by language. What a chaos!

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