Sometime in 2010 it became time to compose a book here at FotB. The result was the ninety page marvel; Future of the Book: A Way Forward. It was home published and revised a thousand times until 2012 when a final edition was released. This little book did indeed open a way forward and the editorial offices now produce four books of about one hundred pages with another in-press.
Over the recent years FotB has attempted to sell these illustrated gems at $10 each but, generally they must be given away. They continue as Iowa Book Works hand made publications. They are wonderfully insightful and colorful. Here are the citations for the current product line:
1. Future of the Book: A Way Forward, 2012, with chapters on Context, Book Transaction, Book Nature, Book Practice and Book Prospects.
2. Adventures in Book Preservation, 2012, a compendium of essays introducing a synthesis of book conservation and library preservation.
3. A Commonplace Book, 2013, a selection of postings from the futureofthebook.com website up to 2012.
4. Screen Shots: FotB, 2013, running screen capture of postings in 2013.
5. Feral Seminar: Resilience of Book Transmission, 2013, reports of a seminar study of six disciplinary perspectives on the future of the book.
So that is the shape of things to come and books to be. FotB web presence is now in its fifteenth year. We came across the 20th century boundary and into the 21st with a continuing role of the paper book in a context of its screen delivery. These little publications are a token of that resilience. Still $10 each, hopefully. All titles paper-based.
out of sorts
Just one other comment on the ed to ‘d contraction. In the hand set period there can be concern for running out of sorts with regard to e. The type was used repeatedly and the e’s can be damaged by their more frequent use if not otherwise relatively diminished. Recall that fonts were hand founded letter by letter and expendable e’s would be a luxury. This is somewhat suggested by the contractions such as th’ for the. With the advent of keyboard composition (end of the 19th century) this constraint disappears.
Just such a constraint of hand-set print composition could have influenced contemporary manuscript conventions too since many sources of reference for authors and writers were printed sources. Imagine if Shakespeare’s remarked innovative deletion of the apostrophe, as in hoodwinkt, was only impatience with a silly print composition constraint.
Such a skew of earlier hand composition may have played out further after the advent of commercial keyboard composition in enclaves of continued hand setting such as production of 20th century “fine press books”. There the hand set work was based on automated foundry production with ample e’s and very lightly used type overall. In that context the apostrophe contractions as copy required would have resolved into a purely poetic convention. Convention of 20th century fine press work would otherwise trend to full use of e’s.
I am pleased to announce my upcoming exhibition, performance, workshop and gallery talk at Florida Atlantic University’s Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, opening October 18. Attached is the postcard announcement. I have a book produced in conjunction with the exhibit. You can leaf through. The book includes images of my work from the early 1980s to the present and has written contributions by you, Keith A. Smith, Miriam Schaer and Richard Lewis.