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Money, Money, Money

A great set of interviews at Spark on the future of money.  Ever since the adoption of paper money, one of the core elements of print culture has been printed money.  Money now takes an almost absurd panoply of virtual forms today, but paper money still reigns as the default …

Pencil Wars

Faber-Castell and Staedtler, both located in Nuremberg, have been battling for the last 15 years in court over who is the oldest pencil maker. “It’s like football teams—people like one or the other,” says Anja Hofmann, a sales clerk at the Thalia bookstore in central Nuremberg. Amidst all the hype …

Bookwork

I had the great pleasure of hosting Garrett Stewart for a Beatty Memorial Lecture here at McGill this past Thursday evening.  The talk’s title was, “Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art,” and it addressed the question of why so many artists are drawn to the book as an …

Of Note

There is a really nice cluster of contributions over at Media Commons on, “Notes, Lists and Everyday Inscriptions,” for which I also provided a piece.  The list of contributors is fantastic and I was really grateful for the initiative on the part of the cluster’s curator, Shannon Mattern (who has …

Cursive Interlude

“I think the surface of paper you use is very important.  If it is too smooth it is like writing on ice.” — Hermann Zapf A remarkable video produced by Hallmark featuring Hermann Zapf on the value of handwriting.  It feels as though it was a joint production between Wagner …

Turning the Page I

If our relationship to textual opennes will be one of the things that will change most dramatically in the years to come as reading moves from page to screen, our relationship to the “page” itself as the fundamental interface of text will also undergo a shift.  The page has been …

Environmental Impact

I have been asking again and again for research into the differential environmental impact of books versus digital readers.  The meme out there that “books kill trees” has always struck me as a touch undersophisticated, but I’ve never really known which might be better for the environment when one takes …

Are paperbacks the future?

A nice reflection at Paper Over Board on the future of the original paperback. The author draws attention to the way hardcover publishing is not terribly popular in many European markets where paper covers are the standard.  But in N. America publishers cling to the model of hardcover first and …

BookBook

Introducing the BookBook: Each BookBook is brought to life with hand craftsmanship and distressing, ensuring no two are exactly alike.