Bookmarking Book Art – ABCs

Remember the entry about the alphabet-book film series Mysteries of Vernacular?  With his "Medieval Letter People", the marvelously named Eric Kwakkel opens my eyes yet again to the materiality of the letter in books and book art - and prompts this renewed but brief hunt for abecedaries. The human body is one of the most common objects... 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 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 Book Art — Emma Taylor, updated 20140205

The fate of the book is becoming more and more critical as digital replacements ingrain themselves deeper into our society.  To me the possibility of the end of the book is a tragic one; I appreciate books as an object as much as I enjoy the stories and knowledge which they hold.  I predominantly work... Continue Reading →

Bookmark for the “Used e-book, slightly foxed”

In "Used e-book, slightly foxed," Nicholas Carr ponders Amazon's widely reported patent on a method allowing the resale or giving of ebooks and other digital objects. Matthew Kirschenbaum might dispute Carr's view that there is no difference between the new and used ebook however.  In his book Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, he explores... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking the Index

In 2003, at McGraw-Hill, we discovered something about making ebooks while working with Dr. Bill Detmer and Unbound Medicine to create Harrison's On Hand.  Don't start or present through the Table of Contents; start with the Index. Ten years later and the lesson's being rediscovered.  Read Hugh McGuire's A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good... Continue Reading →

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