Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Library Hotel

While some university libraries (including mine: see here, here and here) are hiding books away to make roome for computers and meeting spaces, some businesses are putting books front and center to boost revenues, and they are not just bookstores. The Library Hotel in New York offers rooms numbered by the Dewey Decimal system. They are stocked with books and art appropriate to that subject classification. The hotel's website promises:

Each of the ten guestroom floors of the Library is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System .... Each of the sixty exquisitely appointed guestrooms has been individually stocked with a collection of art and books relevant to one distinctive topic within the category of the floor on which it is situated.

(h/t to Fine Books and Collections)

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