Bookspace: Collected Essays on Libraries addresses the architecture of modern public spaces, and the development of library collections in the age of digital information, in order to discuss the larger social context of libraries as institutions.
It provides an insight into their management and how their functions are changing. With a comprehensive look at the social role of libraries, the book discusses funding, socio-political challenges, historical roots, preservation and sharing of knowledge, and the speed of technical innovation.
As a debate of the current state of libraries around the world, it features the prominent British Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Bibliothèque de Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, the Dar El-Kutub (National Library of Egypt), London’s St. Brides Library and Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library, the Belgian Royal Library, the NYC Public Library, the Grim-Zentrum Library at Humboldt University of Berlin, among others.
Contributions include architect João Torres on his ArchiPrix winning design for Lisbon’s Central Library and Municipal Archive, and writer and architect Jorge Reis on the historical roots of library architecture. Publisher and designer Marie Lécrivain shares her experience using libraries across London, Brussels, Paris and beyond. Egyptian journalist Heba El-Sherif discusses The Right to Know and freedom of access to information in post-revolutionary Cairo.
About the Publisher
Inland Editions is a non-profit initiative founded and edited by Maria Inês Cruz and Lozana Rossenova. They previously collaborated on publishing the sold-out journal Typography with a View featuring research from post-graduates at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK. Maria Inês is a designer and illustrator. She works in publishing, collaborates with Distributed Proofreaders in an effort to support Project Gutenberg, and occasionally contributes to eBook Portugal. Lozana currently works in a busy policy communications agency in London. She has published research papers on art and design history, and has been a visiting lecturer in typography and design at the University of Reading and the American University in Bulgaria.
Bookspace is designed by Norwegian book designer Øystein Arbo. He currently works in London on design projects for cultural institutions across Europe. His practice is defined by a conscious typographical sensibility based on established theoretical and historical principles. He has previously designed work for ArtReview, Tate Britain, the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 and Four Corners Books, while working at John Morgan studio.
To make sure the language in Bookspace is flawless, the book is kindly copyedited by Molly Mann, NYC-based freelance writer and editor.
Why we need your help?
We have been able to raise funds for the set up and design of Inland Editions’ first book, but we need your help to get it produced. We believe in fair compensation for quality writing, so we want to be able to pay all our talented contributors for their hard work. Your donations will go exclusively towards paying contributor fees, covering printing costs, and finally Kickstarter rewards and postage.
None of the money we raise through Kickstarter will be pocketed by the editors; all donations will go straight into making Bookspace the best book it can be.
Title: Bookspace: Collected Essays on Libraries
Launch date: February 2015
Price: £15 (available online at our shop)
Editors: Maria Inês Cruz and Lozana Rossenova
Copy-editor: Molly Mann
Designer: Øystein Arbo
Video credits: Editing: Inland Editions; Video images: Flickr Creative Commons; Music: YK via Soundcloud Creative Commons.
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Risks and challenges
There are always risks with publishing but we have taken our time — ‘Bookspace’ has taken over a year to put together — to ensure we can sustain Inland Editions and publish more titles. We have a good working relationship with our contributors and designer, and have been successful in getting some support from enthusiasts in the publishing and design industry before. We hope to fund future publications through a combination of advertising and sales through our online shop.
Through our professional occupations in the design and publishing industry we have plenty of experience managing the production process from the initial stages of the writer’s draft through to design, layout, proofing and finally printing. We are confident we can deliver this publication to a very high standard if we get your help in raising the remaining funds we need.
To be able to produce this book we really need to reach the £4,500 target of this Kickstarter campaign. Donations beyond this target will help us enormously with covering distribution costs and making sure the book reaches the shelves of bookshops all over the world. We believe in the importance of the messages contained in the contributions in ‘Bookspace’, and we want to be able to share them with as many readers as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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