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13 Books Paperback – 2001


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A clever book about making books 16 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An unusual look into the mind of a unique creator. Understated, humorous, and acutely observant advice for anyone making creative product. I will recommend it to all my graphic and industrial design students.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What is this? I don't know, but I like it. 22 April 2012
By A fellow with a keyboard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is not a how-to book of tips for how to make an awesome book. It's neither a manual nor a story. I don't know what to call it. It's 13 separate, loosely-connected profiles of his creations. It's an introspective book on one man's experiences and struggles with his creations.

I enjoyed it, and I don't have any real interest in creating books. It made me want to create books, or create something or other. It made me just want to create. And I appreciate it for that.

Here are a some quotes I liked:

1) "My creations are the crux of a feeble survival ploy to put some of my essence into a more enduring form." (said half in jest)

2) "For many topics, and especially those topics that have already been extensively covered, the difference between a good book and a great book is the quality of the information design."

3) "The point of an artwork is to make the obscure clear and the clear obscure."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Eclectic and Informative 10 Aug 2006
By Reader Views - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (7/06)

"13 Books" is not a book to be read lightly, it is a book where Leonard Koren explains the process that took place when he created his 12 books and a magazine. Koren is not only an author but an architect and artist. Several of his creations are: WET: The magazine of Gourmet Bathing; Wabi-Sabi; New Fashion Japan; The Graphic Design Cookbook; and, How to Take a Japanese Bath. Anyone familiar with Koren's work would find this book very enlightening.

Koren's format of writing this book is very different from anything I've seen before. He splits his page horizontally. For example, when explaining the inspiration for "17 Beautiful Men Taking a Shower" Koren , on the top portion of the pages, explains the subject matter, his inspiration, organizing principle and greatest difficulty. On the bottom portion of the pages he explains terminology such as: seventeen, art galleries, bathing.
I must say, this is a very creative way of writing, however, why would anyone be surprised coming from an eclectic artist as Koren.

Looking for an eclectic, yet very informative, read? This is it. You will come out by the end of the book much wiser, as well as have many thoughts evoked of your own personal experiences.

Book received free of charge.
Helpful to see an entire author's career unfold 7 Aug 2014
By Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book at a used book shop in San Francisco. It's an absolute gem.

Even without reading any of the 13 books he wrote, I found this fascinating. It's a look under the hood. It shows you both the thought process and implementation involved in bookmaking.

If you are interested, I would highly recommend this.
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