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Hvað er bók?
Linköping University, University Library.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7965-4327
1998 (Icelandic)In: Bókasafnið, ISSN 0257-6775, Vol. 22, 44-47 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
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What is a „Book"? In this article the author defines the book as any text carrier regardless of form. The article starts off with an account of the Swedish art historian Lars Vilks' activities at Kullaberg in Sweden. Vilks is best known for his stone sculpture on the beach which was later judged to be a book, given the title Arx, complete with ISBN-number and cataloguing data in the Swedish National Database LIBRIS. The University Library in Lund, which is a deposit library, has claimed a deposit copy, a task which is easier said than done. Arx is 6 meters high and 12 meters wide and weighs 150 tons. With Arx as his starting point the author contends that the definition of a book is not all that simple. He goes on to recount the history of the book starting with oral legends and ending with the electronic book, which he judges to be the next logical step in the cvolutionary proccss of the book. He also cites other examples of unusual books including imaginary books, books that were never written etc.

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Reykjavík: Bókavarðafélag Íslands, Félag bókasafnsfræðinga og Bókafulltrúi ríkisins , 1998. Vol. 22, 44-47 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117280OAI: diva2:806871
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