Category Archives: Digitization

Bookmarking Book Art – Xu Bing

I count myself “magpie lucky”. The Gaudier-Brzeska exhibition, the finale before Kettle’s Yard would close for years, had drawn me to Cambridge. I spent hours there. Exhausted, I was walking back to the train past the Fitzwilliam Museum. I had read … Continue reading

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Bookmark – Phoenix in an Elegy for Paper?

In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox in Designers & Books leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury’s characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in Fahrenheit 451 that begins, “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they … Continue reading

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Bookmark – The PhysiDigi Bookmark

If the pen can be mightier than the sword, can a bookmark be mightier than Amazon? Bow Software Ltd in the UK thinks so.  Using NFC technology, Charlotte Quickenden’s firm has committed “digital metonymy”:  a bookmark that delivers the book. … Continue reading

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Bookmark — “How Old is Innovation before it’s New?” David Worlock

Two interesting words: “semantic” and “innovation.”  Find yourself a good cup of coffee, a slice of sachertorte, the aroma of cinnamon and take the time to read this article by David Worlock. “Getting” the fundamentals of digital publishing means “getting” semantics: the … Continue reading

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Bookmark — The evolution of bookselling

No good history of the book in the late 20th and early 21st century will overlook this part of the book’s value chain.  In covering the earlier eras, the outstanding historians — Chartier, Davenport, Eisenstein, Johns,  Lefèbvre and Martin,  McMurtrie, … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — Mandy Gunn

Made of book pages, shredded and woven, cut and collaged,  the bookwork pictured is part of “an ongoing investigation between TEXT and TEXTILES.”    Gunn comments, “Text is usually explicit and obvious; textiles are understood in a more cultural, unstated … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art – Franziska, a typeface

The Fine Press Book Association’s inaugural Student Type Design Competition sprang from the hope that by building bridges between printers and young type designers we might end up creating new material resources for the fine press community. A PDF document … Continue reading

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