Category: printing

35 handbound books

This great video documents the process of making the books over two months at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.

Mailbag: Objections to the claim of Asian influence on European printing

I received the following comments from a reader named Glenn Beard, who presents objections to my suggestion that East Asian printing with movable metal type could have influenced…

The four-color process

This photo, which I took at the Snoeck Ducaju & Zoon printing plant in Ghent, Belgium, a few years back, clearly shows the four-color printing process. The workers…

Mid 20th century printing

Here’s a great video about how “men and girls” made books sixty or seventy years ago. About ten minutes in length. Highly recommended. Printing a Book, Old School…

How have new technologies affected book design and typography?

Caduceus asks that question at MetaFilter, and IndiaInk has started a thread in reply. There have, of course, been many effects. some good, others not so good. Caduceus…

Amazon coercing publishers to use BookSurge?

BookSurge is Amazon’s print-on-demand subsidiary. According to a story in Publishers Weekly, Amazon will not sell books printed with other POD services in the same way they sell…

A printer’s rant

. via Pieces and Bits .

Publishing trends

NPR’s “On the Media” reported some publishing trends recently. Among the interesting facts: Bookstores account for only 40 percent of book sales nationally. (The percentage would probably be…

Trouble at Quebecor

Quebecor was for years the other big domestic print company, the competition to R. R. Donnelley. But the company appears to have fallen on difficult times. It canceled…

Book sales, book publishing economics, and print on demand

If you are quixotic enough to wish to engage in literary book publishing, you might want to take a look at the sales figures for the Man Booker…

Letterpress printing

Why can’t we produce a computer printer that bites the page?

Espresso at NYPL

If I understand this press release correctly, the NYPL will give away free books for the asking. They’ve installed an Espresso print-on-demand machine. All you have to do…

Out of Print Out of Date

Print-on-demand publishing has changed the concept of what it means for a book to be “out of print” — and not in favor of authors. Traditionally, when a…