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Re: Orientation of text on book spines
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- Subject: Re: Orientation of text on book spines
- From: Jane M Brown <brownjm@MUSC.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 09:55:38 -0500
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Is this just German and French? I was told the British title this way as
well. Perhaps it is European. I don't remember ever being told the
reason for the difference.
On Mon, 3 Nov 1997, Eric D. Friedman wrote:
> A friend recently stumped me with the following question:
> Why is it that American bookmakers orient the text on book spines
> from the head of the volume to its tail, while German and French
> titles are turned in the opposite direction?
> In other words, if you stand an American book on its tail on a shelf,
> you must cock your head to the right in order to read it. To
> read a similarly positioned French or German book, however, you must
> drop your head left.
> Could this be why so many academics are "stiff-necked"? (ha ha)
> Thanks in advance,
> Eric D. Friedman