Saturday, September 05, 2009

Browsing Gaiman's Bookshelves


Thanks to Ted I spent a while browsing the shelves of Neil Gaiman's incredible home library, up on Shelfari. Couldn't you just lose yourself here? And there's even a library cat to complete the picture.

14 comments:

AlanLu said...

That is a marvelous home library. I am planning to turn one room in my home into one just like that. If anyone knowshow to make a library like that, please give some advice.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's one comprehensive yet very comfy looking home library...I often wonder how people keep the moisture and dust away from their home library..and if people have been borrowing our books is there a way to 'disinfect' them in the light of this H1N1 pandemic...?

Jessie

Shang lee said...

Amazing! Wish I have one like it!

ah pong said...

alan lau...may be you start with buying a lot of books?

jessie..if the books sneeze, you should wear a mask

shang lee... you will have one if you REALLY like books...

Chet said...

Donny Yap over on twitter and Facebook wondered if Gaiman read the books in his library, and I, after looking at the various pictures, commented that I'm sure Gaiman at least read The Happy Hooker.

YTSL said...

Oh wow! That looks amazing! Only problem: if he ever moves... (That's my problem: I loooove books but move so often in my life! ;b)

a.a.g @ moonlight said...

I'm with Jessie, how do people keep their books safe from dust and moisture? Maybe he's got a humidifier / dehumidifier installed.
And what about pests? Yikes.. Gorgeous library though... gives us an insight into his gorgeous mind :)

bibliobibuli said...

yes, i must confess the thought that went through my mind after "how lovely" was "who dusts 'em?"

i am so sad when i see my the pages of own books getting age-spotty and discoloured, and it happens so fast in this climate.

Anonymous said...

Someone asked.For disinfecting and anti-mold purposes:
Can u easily get hold of cleaning alcohol in M'sia? You need only spray a small amount on a slightly moist rag and clean the book covers. Not too much though, it disinfects and is a strong astringent.Otherwise try vinegar diluted in some water. Smells but only for a while besides its non-toxic. Holds the mold at bay for some time too. Make sure you open up the windows and let air circulate from time to time. Silica gel will help keep the air around your shelves less humid too. Make sure they are out of kid's reach. In more polluted areas, put anti-mosquito screens on your windows to help keep cut back dust/insects/fine particles from your shelves. You can even make this yourself.

Shelfairy

Anonymous said...

I worked in a library when I was in college (of course ... ) and remember one long day spent dusting ancient volumes.

Those were good days.

-Jen

bibliobibuli said...

shelfairy - very many thanks for that excellent advice

Anonymous said...

Sama-sama Sharon. Was going to add, if you really, really love your books,get shelves with glass-doors. Its not 100% dust-free and kinda tacky for some folks but I promise,its 50% less work :))

Shelfairy

Damyanti said...

I agree with shellfairy, my books which are inside glass shelves are a lot easier to keep clean and mold-free than the ones pile outside.

DIY said...

It is very difficult to maintain a library like this.Books need to be kept clean and free of dust and damp so that there is no danger of mold.

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