Bookmark – Iain Pears, Arcadia. The Future of Narrative?

In "The Scholarly Kitchen", Joseph Esposito writes: "I suspect that the multiple narratives of Pears’s fiction will someday find an analogue in expository writing that enables intersections of one theme or thread with another, which would provide, as it were, a new form of discovery." Perhaps that "analogue" is already here for the scholarly article... Continue Reading →

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. A PhysiDigi Bookmark is a physical form which acts as a digital trigger to download... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Fast.co interview with Henrik Berggren, Readmill

Michael Grothaus interviews Henrik Berggren about the Readmill app and the future of reading.  E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community. Berggren says he never believed that single-purpose devices like the original Kindle would become widespread, a prediction that seems to be playing out. But he did believe that multi-purpose tablets... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for your browser or ereader? | Anniversary Update

Publishing and editorial folk who wish to educate themselves in the changing craft of the book should track this ongoing discussion on the merits of browsers versus apps/devices --even if at times it becomes finely technical. Books On Books logged several articles on this last year when Jason Pontin declared MIT Technology Review's colors (decidedly... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Education for the Future of Publishing

When it comes to acquiring skills and professional training in book publishing, from the early days of the printing press onwards, learning by doing has been book publishing's order of the day.  Consider the following interview exchange between Mac Slocum (Tools of Change) and Theodore Gray (The Elements): . MS: What skills -- or people with... Continue Reading →

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,  Pettegree, Pollard, and Suarez -- touch on distribution and retail to varying degrees.  When it... Continue Reading →

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 called the Making of Franziska - a hybrid text-face between slab and serif is available for downloading.... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking the Objectification of the Book

The book as object is not new.  Think of Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. What might be remarkable -- or book-markable -- is whether the surge in objectifying the book through sumptuous illumination, miniaturization or the creation of book art occurs at definitive moments of shifting media.  One-off illuminated manuscripts preceded the... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking a Book Burning – II

Ferris Jabr's article "The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens" in Scientific American (April 11, 2013) revisits the themes raised in Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid mentioned in the previous posting.   Jabr highlights much insightful writing on the neuroscience of reading, on which more in a bit.  He begins,... Continue Reading →

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