Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Book Porn: March of the Penguins

Book porn: (n) Photographs and descriptions that exploit the nerd's natural lust for the physical beauty of reading material. Such material is deemed highly dangerous to one's sanity . People under the influence have been known to max out their library cards, spend their food money on paperbacks and exhaust their friends and loved ones with "wish lists"
If someone you love suffers from book porn addiction, understand that there is no cure.
Just give them what they want.


First, a brief history lesson, courtesy of Wikipedia.
Penguin books is today a publishing imprint of Penguin Group. It was founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, who launched the company by selling 63000 Penguin books to Woolworth's. Up until then, the paperback format was used for pop literature, the kind of books with gaudy covers and simple, formulaic plots. Penguin books came with a simpler design made better literature available to the public.
Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its high quality, inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence. Penguin's success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on politics, the arts, and science.
-Wikipedia, "Penguin Books"

Penguin books, with their distinctive design and logo are familiar to readers. I have a few of them on my shelf:

But my humble stack is nothing compared to what you are about to see. Feast your eyes, bibliopervs:
This collection belongs to blogger Karyn of A Penguin a Week. She lives in Australia, collects vintage penguins and according to her comment on this post, her husband built these shelves for them.

If you think this photo is awesome, check out her photostream on Flickr. Each of her blog posts is a review of a Penguin she has read. Many of the vintage Penguins she reviews are classic works and many are obscure books that are out of print.

2 comments:

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Oh, I love Penguin books. That collection is amazing!

martha said...
This comment has been removed by the author.

Subscribe

Labels

Flickr