This way up

Mercifully shelfmark labels are all the right way up, so you do not have to hurt your neck to read all the titles…

Imaginative label orientations“None of the books were in alphabetical order, which made it necessary to cock my head sideways to read each one of the spines.

By the end of the third shelf I had begun to realise why librarians are sometimes able to achieve such pinnacles of crankiness:
It’s because they are in agony.

If only publishers could be persuaded, I thought, to stamp all book titles horizontally instead of vertically, a great deal of unpleasantness could be avoided all around.

Chiropractors and opticians would be out of business, librarians cheerier, and the world would be a better place.”

As the Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – Alan Bradley,  2015

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