CBC Books - December 20, 2011
The image of the shelf is turned sideways so the book titles on the spines can be read, and users can scroll the shelf. "This is in some ways a very old-fashioned way of seeing a work in context. The idea is that works are always in a web of other works, they have meaning and significance because of the connections they have to other works," Weinberger said.
But ShelfLife also adds a couple of features that are not old fashioned in the least. "The first is that you can always pivot on any particular book," Weinberger said. "So you click on a book and it shows you all the categories under which it has been classified by librarians but also by users in various ways, by tags and the like. And you click on one of those classifications and it redraws so that you see all the works that are within that classification, including the original one that you're looking at."