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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 11, March 11, 2001, Article 16

SUNSHINE, RED LIGHTS, AND BLUE BOOKS 

   NBS Board member Joel Orosz writes: "In response to Doug 
   Owens' question about the effects of direct vs. diffused 
   sunlight, you are right to say that direct sunlight is worse than 
   diffused sunlight, but both are bad for books.  Even when 
   diffused, sunlight still contains ultraviolet radiation, which will 
   fade books and jackets.  It is insidious, since it happens slowly, 
   but it still happens.  The only safe level of sunlight in a room 
   with books is zero.  Usually, a curtain is not enough, for the 
   UV radiation leaks around the fabric, and often goes right 
   through it. I have a hurricane shutter over the window in the 
   library, which blocks out all sunlight. 

   On another front, be careful when you next put a bid on a 
   "Blue Book", because you might get the following item, as 
   recently advertised in a catalogue from Oak Knoll Books: 

   Heartman, Charles.  Idem, Semper. The "Blue Book," A 
   Bibliographical Attempt to Describe the Guide Books to the 
   Houses of Ill-Fame in New Orleans as They were Published. 
   Together with Some Pertinent and Illuminating Remarks 
   Pertaining to the Establishments and Courtesans as Well as 
   Harlotry in General in New Orleans.  N.p., n.p. , 1936. 

   On the plus side, you can always say to your spouse, 
   "but dear, I thought it was a coin book"! 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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