I have to give a nod to my friend Mario Rups for posting this on Facebook. One of my favourite courses, outside of cataloguing (of course), was The History of the Book. And, I love those facts that will never make you famous (except maybe on Jeopardy), but make you a fascinating conversationlist at parties! Mario posted this great link (warning, contains humour too) about the size of medieval books.
Do take the time to read the bottom of the post where Mr. Pyrdum, the author, offers an explanation into his phrase “Google Penance”. Here’s a glimpse into that explanation:
You see, back in the early days of the blog, most of my pageviews came from people misdirected here by Google while searching for more useful sites. In penance for this ill-gotten gain in hits, I occasionally try to answer whatever question it was that brought the unfortunate Googler hither… [more]