Bookshelf Porn: photos of beautiful, bookish rooms

The Bookshelf Porn blog features photos of extremely lovely rooms decorated with shelf on shelf of glorious books. This is decor after my own heart.

Bookshelf Porn (via Craft)

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  1. Some good stuff in there, although none as awesome as Cory’s Wall of Dead Trees.

    For some REAL bookshelf-porn, you have some great photos of Neil Gaiman’s library here. I could have sworn I saw the same kind of work on Georges R. R. Martin’s “Book Tower”, but my Google-fu is failing me.

    Also, the possibility of having a personal library is basically the only reason why I would ever consider buying a house. I own way too much books for my student-sized shelf-space.

  2. This is photo is by Jane & Louise Wilson, Oddments Room II (Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle), 2008.

  3. Altho I don’t have stills, check the background on any Security Now video from the TWiT network (twit.tv/sn). Steve Gibson’s wall is pretty cool, especially with the 3 functioning PDP8 computers there, blinking away.

    Also, check This Week in Tech episodes (twit.tv) with Jerry Pournelle, legendary Sci-Fi author and Byte mag columnist, as a gueat. The library behind him is very impressive in that chaotic sort of way. (NB: his most recent January 2, 2011 appearance on TWiT is not the best representation as his camera angle was not at its usual position).

  4. It makes me sad to see that because, with the profusion of ebook readers (I have one myself), I think actual print books, like LPs and CDs, will start to disappear. I love books for what is in them but then I associate the pleasure and enlightenment and escape they gave me with the physical object. That makes me a bibliophile. I’ve actually stopped and picked up books lying in the street in the rain, dried them out and kept them. My name is alllie and I’m a bibliophile. So the loss of this physical object, the coming disappearance of books and book cases and apartment and homes lined with bookcases, makes me sad.

  5. Arrrrgh so much vertical stacking!!! That’s not just book porn, that’s book TORTURE porn. How can you browse? If you want to look at something you have to take down a whole stack. Gah, this makes me want to give those people paper cuts with my library degree.

    1. Varun, your comic makes me sad. I love books too much to ever be able to convert to an e-reader. A friend lent me me hers a few times, but it is just not the same reading experience.

      I doubt that the physical book itself will ever be in much danger, the proportion of people buying physical books may decrease, but there will always be those who prefer having a “real” copy. Some people like the physical book as their preferred medium, some people are collectors, and others like them for display – as the Bookshelf Porn website attests.

  6. I tried organizing my books by color, inspired by the first picture there. Unfortunately many genre books have multicolored spines, so it just doesn’t look as good as the picture. Ended up settling for a rainbow arrangement of colored mass market paperbacks on one shelf in the living room, and another shelf of just ones with black spines (science fiction = black, space-y covers). Luckily I can usually remember what color a book is, so I can still find things I’m looking for.

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