preservation and persistence of the changing book



“Luddites opposed only technology ‘hurtful to Commonality’, ie. to the common good, rather than the narrow interests of the few. So being a luddite today means being a skeptic about the dogma of technology as progress, not about denying the real benefits of some technologies.” New Luddites 200

Well, let’s look exactly between unmanaged and elective progress. Here again we may at least confirm the instructive resilience of book transmission. Perhaps we will also further study the wily wit of resilient behavior.

Note the enclave readiness to adopt the name Luddite. Here an immediate negative engages a positive and the positive negative is one of the signature ambiguities of resilience. Another surprise is the persistence of a movement from 1813 to 2013 through stealth and good humor. Another surprise is seemingly sudden relevance.

So here is a take-home: resilience is behavior featuring immediate ambiguity, eerie stealth and weird good humor, and strangely persistent relevance. Books for sure…


“And with ereader software from iBooks to Kindle using the bookshelf metaphor to display collections, why not go one step further and link those bookshelves together into whole libraries?” TeleRead

Done deal, Borges too; libraries are all mostly imagined. Perhaps database access again confirms that we are not sure how satisfied the electrons or books are to be in libraries, but there they are, we imagine. And the library engine is there as well; you can grasp any given volume and look at it. A cognitive map and systemic access is there, imagined but weirdly real in the context. There is a lurking, loony librarian.


“Sarah Houghton, a.k.a. the tech-savvy blogger Librarian in Black, who directs the San Rafael Public Library in California, told Reema that it will take be than 100 years before all libraries are paperless. But she added that 10 to 20 percent of libraries could go bookless in the next decade.” NPR

Remember when savvy was a question? Back in the 80’s at an ALA big heads gathering a publisher said that by 2010 90% of all publication will be on-line. That is true but 90% of the same titles are also produced in print. Resilience counts.


“…electronic information is already completely different in character from that in a paper book. And that’s exactly why the paper book will have to survive, after all. Paper books will keep right on doing what they’ve always done so well.” John Lienhard, 1996


book printing

“3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution explores the practicalities and potential of 3D printing today, as well as trying to realistically foresee the impact of 3D printing on the world of tomorrow. The book is written for a wide audience, including 3D printing enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, designers, investors, students, and indeed anybody who wants to be more informed about the next round of radical technological change.” Amazon

Aside from the inherent context of impression printing, it is interesting that the neither the paperback or Kindle edition is a 3D print product. Here is a new disconnect where communication commodification and transacion are not reflexive with their message or even with the revolutions they breed.

It was once so that book printing was component with the revolutions it provoked and now digital humanists are great advocates for recultivating that interplay and for re-engagement with project “making”. Books describing polymeric 3d printing appear to be leaking away from that engagement. A new zombie.

And is the book, a narrative exposition featuring an extensive textual transmission constrained to bionic readership, really a zombie and an Old One? Eating away at our mind, this infiltrator lurks from times of Homind evolution. Are digital humanists looking for a different medium that is not really there?

positive negative

A meaningless thing; the word “thing: is right up there with “nice” as the most overused and meaningless. There are “things” influencing un-employment, international negotiations or validations of digital humanities. What is wrong with ingredients, factors, components, or even elements?

Want to talk about real things? Well let’s mention space material in the type case. It was once true in the letterpress era that spaces were as real as letters. We don’t discuss this in the binary world; there is no thing such as a positive-negative or the option to state that something absent (0) is there (1).

The inadmission of a positive-negative is a digital constraint. Say you wished to positively observe that a paper spine lining is not present in an early cloth binding, laced construction where it usually is? You cannot just not enter the observation. Or say that an automated certification of a digital book cannot measure the absence of a authentic source, or a digital graphic of a survey is presented that cannot depict the simultaneous presence of a positive opinion in direct association with a negative opinion as entertained by a given respondent.


At first blush digital humanities presents a bit of paradox. This para-pause concerns the role of non-bionic neurology of computer analytics in formulation of species based knowledge. It would not be the first time that humanists have adventured outside as humanist opinion in non-bionic spheres of theology and technology indicates. But that is kind of the point; that humans adventured into those spheres on their own terms.

So, is digital humanities a humanist intrusion into some other knowledge territory? A prosthetic approach of cyborg cooperation may not really be sufficient here. And what of the option of just barging ahead (as we are doing anyway)? Isn’t paradox an exemplary humanistic fix? Full steam ahead! Matthew Kirschenbaum offers the very best synopsis of a way forward. (see)


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Feral Seminar: Resilience in Book Transmission
draft: 09.02.2013/glf

affordances – performance features of different (book) formats
behavior – performance traits of bionic and electronic circuit systems characterizing their interactivity
between – a tertiary zone of transaction inaccessible to binary sorting
binary premise – a conceptual polarity obscuring a zone between – i.e., screen/print (obscuring books), analog/digital (obscuring design), on/off-line (obscuring connectivity) metal/pixel letters (obscuring typography), original/copy (obscuring interplay), person/machine (obscuring cyborg)
book – narrative exposition featuring an extensive textual transmission constrained to bionic readership
complement – state of relationship of component parts acting together to define and fulfill each other within a mechanism or ecology – i.e., paper and screen books complement each other
confliction – symptom of an understanding attended by ambiguity, compromise, confusion and composite perspective – such teetering is inherent, yet invisible, in binary polling of pro and con convictions where conflicted conviction of the respondent or demographic unit is not measured –i.e., faculty enthusiasm for both paper and screen book sources
construct – a test model – i.e., an investigation plan for study of resilience in book transmission using a model of survey of six disciplines and pursuit of a seventh, composite perspective
content – much appropriated precept of an autonomy or commodity of knowledge conveyed
displacement – unintended or inadvertent deletion or access denial
feral – hybrid behavior between domestic and wild or a resilient, mutant re-emergence in disturbed or destroyed surroundings
four P’s – types of book display surfaces; papyrus, parchment, paper, phone
haptic – reference to the study of touch as a method of communication – n.b., term adopted for reference to affordances of navigational prompts distinctive of various book formats
medium – a genre of communication transmission – i.e., books, magazines, newspapers, oral reading, audio recording, radio, blog
mode – a reception environment of a reading format such as audio, screen or paper
navigation – a transaction of comprehension – i.e., page turning and screen scrolling prompts produce conceptualizations of content
prompt – gesture of navigation –i.e., interplay of touch navigation of composition at the type case, the advent and applications of keyboard prompting, a return to touch manipulations on the display screen
reflexive – state of complementary interaction – i.e., glossary construction catalyzed through reflexive propogation of terms required
resilience – persistent capacity to flourish in changing circumstances –i.e., projected zigzag log line as contrasted with a projected flat line of sustainability
supersession – projection of outright eclipse – supersessionists are the binary bad guys (or what’s worse, avid administrators bent on system proficiency and up-grade)
three I’s – intersection, interplay, interdependence
threshholding – a decisive move to cross disciplines or media
trace – evidence of use –i.e., smudges on paper pages or unpowered touch screens
trilogy – a construct for examination of book materiality i.e., both print and screen assembled from surface (historically derived from a substrate such as paper), image (historically derived from a display method such as printing), and commodity (historically derived from production or commerce method such as bookbinding) – book materiality can also be sub-divided across the trilogy to encompass formal (paratextual) and forensic (physical) features


“…bibliographic methodology was used to demonstrate that the printed Folios were not duplicates of each other, but rather unique. The consequent result was to catapult ever so briefly bibliographic and typographical enquiry and knowledge of Shakespeare’s print folios into world news. And to demonstrate the rarity and uniqueness of each remaining copy known still to exist.” David Finkelsein

The SHARP thread on the value of each surviving Shakespear Foilio is rich with responses from the eminent scholars. And other certifications of the distinctive affordances of each copy are recalled. In Doors of Perception, 1983, Harry Duncan famously stated; “A good page of letterpress is an original. It is not a picture of a page of type…”.


“Kobo’s New ‘Premium eReader’ Went From Cutting Edge to Out-of-Date in Only a Week”. (more) The distinctions noticed between current electrophoric e-ink devices are almost as esoteric (and fundamental!) as those between surviving copies of Shakespeare Folios. This is because the millions of copies of each version are a unique clone class artifact . Each new version of a device comes to hand as THAT clone class artifact. This weird uniqueness drives the constant super-sessions of device purchases. Why sell books? – Sell devices in their place and impose a new network shopping frenzy.



The Linotype leaps to mind: an existential bargain between minds and machines. The daily newspaper depended on this arrangement. The machine could not produce the product alone and neither could the operator.

The transition to screen news is not that much more momentous. Remember the Linotype came bundled with other new inventions of photo imaging, audio recording, instantaneous communication, electrical transmission and digital encoding; real paradigm changes filled with humanist challenges. Digital humanities will also be assimilated. Addictions, obsessions, displacements will occur again but the bargain between the machine and operator will be afforded.

Meanwhile books will be resilient; not only tracking the saga, but reflexing with changing behavior, humanist strategy and design agenda. DIGITAL_HUMANITIES, MIT Press, 2012 is exemplary of book exposition bouncing back. In open source, all formats, this purely collaborative bookwork is a miraculous flowing across five authors from first page to last and across a wonderful field of logic and visualization that transcends each author alone. It is eerie. Welcome to the future of the book. Watch out for the lively resilience.

What is the point of underlining every word and every line?

guess what

Guess what – the extreme virtual world may turn out to be reality itself. GPS tracking and live place-based narrative can stream performative gaming into everywhere we are. It is already so, or has it been always so? How detached is each of us from our own lives anyway? Do we watch this movie? All the world is a stage, elsewhere all the world is a book.


There is only one iota of naiveté that I can detect in my first read through of DIGITAL_HUMANITIES. This is a suggestion that the humanist terrain of issues, methods and policy will soon experience a vast new expansion. So many of the expanses and opening regions have been there, but neglected. Humanist interest in gaming gestalt, aesthetics and rhetoric of software design, or crowd and collaborative authoring can seem to pop-up as revelations, but past practitioners of culture production and their intensive disciplines and comprehensions have only been overlooked by departmental academics.

Glance at Beatrice Warde’s Crystal Goblet, 1956, to perceive the “crossroads of civilization” or notice The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold, 1975, to delineate the “morality of good design”. Then pause to open the Linotype Instruction Book by John Rodgers, 1926. As a recommendation of this magnificent work I will only mention that you will find every surviving copy smudged by the fingers of makers.

Most evidences of humanist practice in production of culture transmissions were transient like Tweets and blogs yet they featured rich traditions and deep genealogies of understanding and as for technical refinement there was excess of perfection and precision. This humanist zone of the production of cultural transmissions is just recently better regarded.

feral seminar

08.29.2013 Thanks for attending this open forum on resilience of book transmission. My name is Gary Frost. I am the Conservator Emeritus of the Libraries and I have been interested in the prospects for print or paper books for some time. In the situation of all the humanist difficulties on planet, the future of the book is a small issue. Yet, it does turn out to be a rich issue with some relevance to many of the others.

I am proposing a feral seminar to bring other expertise and interests to the topic of resilience of book transmission here and at this time. If you are interested in participation please leave your name.


off to buffalo

FotB is dispatching a reporter to Buffalo SUNY twice a semester. Stay tuned to learn of advances in conservation and library conservation in particular. Will these smart students define risk and resilience of book transmission? The adventure awaits us!

departing from possessions

Another trend is that of Millennials. They are questioning possessions such as cars and favoring experiences over things. At the same time there is an interest in retrospective culture.

How will this frame play out in regard to paper books? One of the most committed kinds of possessions is a print library. At the same time print books can also be cast into a retro culture context. Is this all an alluring confliction?

Many paper book avocations include the theme of an experience possession and that is certainly an alluring confliction. There is also the high retro, near Amish, aspect of non-electric entertainment to attract a Millennial Contrarian. The current assumption also includes free commodities and the library fulfills that across all book formats.

The Millennials also focus on friends, enclaves and community. In that inclination an allure of the independent bookstore may lurk. And so the trend away from physical possession may depend on a sense of how the state of possession is possessed.


“And just imagine how powerful this metadata could be when paired with other forms of metadata: Web surfing information, credit card purchases, even perhaps cellphone location information, which some regard as the new frontier of metadata.” NPR

Bibliographers realize that metadata has meaning and librarians protect privacy of print book reading. Automated evaluations of electronic transactions such as reading or writing or publishing are another story and they are a story.

In every news-making there is a sub story of relevance to books; Arab spring, summer and fall, trends in car ownership, risks of nuclear electrical power generation all have book back stories. So we may be interested in the private lives of books and their secret world of library media.

Behind the curtain preservation administrators monitor the private lives of books and library media. True, they are spies, but their interest is long-term study of the resilience of book transmission crossing boundaries of access and format. What terrors are at work and, more significantly, what displacements of knowledge base are occurring without surveillance?


little library

Our Little Free Library is fun. We enjoy the mysterious exchanges that bring us strange new books and send away other familiar volumes. There is a tendency to imagine the patrons. Watch the videos. Print books are mobile as well. The little library movement is also advanced by bicycle libraries,.

Libraries are an efficient template for community building since they provoke social engagement. Emotional transactions are with books and books are passionately competitive enough with other books but universally welcoming toward readers.

…ok, ok

“The environmental effects of a society that only prints what is needed could include waste reduction and decreased emissions from transporting manufactured goods. Additionally, spare parts could be printed in remote regions. However, printing on a whim could lead to an increase in resource consumption, higher energy demand due to transportation of raw materials, and pollution, if storage or disposal of chemicals used in household-level printing are haphazard.” (here)

This is not a discussion of options of book production. Rather it is a whole reconception of the anthropocene as both religion and nature are eclipsed. What can be odd is the continuing leverage of printing, fabricating concepts into physical presence. We could say the resilience of printing is at work, no pun intended…. Resilience research features interplay of ecolology and society. There may be a niche left for resilience of book transmission. Here we may discover the resilience of the book as a printable narrative of conceptual integrations and then rediscover the latent integrations and subsequent advantages of libraries.

learning lines

Charlton Hinman’s forensic examination of First Folio copies would have been less labored if there were only two. The various copies evidence the swirl of print shop “foul” copy, copy casting off, composition, proofing, correction and re-correction and the dance floor gyrations of various publications and jobs and workmen in motion at the same time. The copies compared present a wild and wily animation and everyone of 82 surviving (Folger Library) copies differs from every other.

Two old characters from the Amana Print Shop came into our recreation of printing in the 1950’s yesterday. They were kids at work in the shop at that time and recalled learning the Linotype, proofing and correcting copy for the “Amana Society Bulletin” (still published weekly and now 86 years old) and feeding the old flat-bed press. They recalled the rush and unforgiving letterpress lock-up and, like us, they mentioned the mind-bending experiences of re-correcting corrections.

Add a back story of all the actors learning their lines…that is all the print shop workers learning, at different rates, to produce the product. Here we can imagine William Shakespeare himself at work with the players and realize that authorship lurks in the rehearsals. We can also enjoy Charlton’s adventures wrestling to evoke a canonic version of the texts. If only he had enjoyed further a realization that he was authoring Shakespeare just as producers of the First Folio did. And then we can adventure in imagination and visualize the world of the turn of the 17th century in London where all sense of authorship was effervescent and displaced and all production of print or plays was resilient drama.


45 r.p.m.

An engaging study of research library prospects has been posted at ITHAKA S+R. It certainly prompts thinking and rethinking. The single is “Can’t Buy Us Love” by Rick Anderson.

Here are some of the FotB kind of comments: The binary of “print” and “on-line” resources sounded new to me. Another configuration would be display modes of “print” and “screen” and “physical” and “on-line” distribution utilities. The other binary of “commodity” and “non-commodity” delivery can also be opened to various reviews. The commodity/non-commodity distinction may not be airtight even after a further assumption that all documentary expression and transmission is a composite. A compelling example of commodification of digital resources is forensic examination of electronic literature. Another would be the commodification of ebooks by their reading device products. The non-commodity nature of print is quickly confirmed in library operation as works fluctuate in and out – and in again – of currency though fixed in content.

Another binary presented from library operations is “general” and “special” collections. These are perhaps even less airtight categories since the current movement toward cooperative “last copy” print repositories for general monographs and journals has quietly converted the remnant circulating collections to a new special collections status. Another important binary advanced by the study is prospects for collections and prospects for collection mediation. Perhaps neither existential role can be displaced.

With each of the binaries at work we should entertain their ambiguities and conflictions; that is we should move focus to the spaces between. A corollary then would not be projection of gradual shifts, but an investigation of the resilience of a system such as transmission of books. The resilience is confirmed in library history as episodic innovations of book transmission and unwary displacements of formats. Books bounce back and persist across an accumulation of delivery modes. Library mediation also features a history of resilience.

We sometimes vote on research agendas and best practices. There should be a vote for investigation of an ambiguous, conflicted and yet resilient hybrid future of the research library. Once upon a time persistent collection media outlasted the librarian, now the media are more mortal than the librarian. Perhaps we can mediate the prospects of book transmission and risks of displacements of knowledge as a research agenda. This could begin with an exposition of resilience science applied to library mediation and to all collection media acting as a transmission ecology.


“The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online and on non-voice mobile activities (read: texting, apps, games). That’s compared to an average four hours and 31 minutes each day of TV watching.” NPR on-line

This latest finding compares favorably with the twenty-four hours daily spent alive by most people. Whatever the trend lines there is increasing attention to the overall allocation of hours and recent research is now applied to an extension from days to come to enable sufficient growth options for screen delivery. If such proves practical personal preference for print and screen can then be accommodated together without artificial tether and correlation will enhance causality.


“And don’t tell me to use a Kindle. The other day, I finished reading Kafka’s “Castle,” which is more than I can say for Kafka, who didn’t even finish writing it. And unlike other novelists who abandon their books, Kafka not only didn’t complete the thing, he didn’t bother finishing his last sentence. When you’re reading “The Castle” on a Kindle, as I was, and you get to “She spoke with difficulty, it was hard to understand her, but what she said,” and there’s nothing else on your screen, you think there has been an electronic glitch. I need the security of the printed page.” Amy Wilentz


big data

”Big data is now big business and big money, as companies work to translate vast amounts of data into knowledge about their customers and their people, the things they make and how they make it.”

The fall semester is beginning. PCAN has a surge of postings and ITHAKA S+R is beginning to post as well. Digital Humanities 2013 was laced with project sustainability planning and Paul Conway reports on automation of Hathi Trust certification in reverse as he constructs the error and omission types while Alberto Campagnolo describes another big data extraction of diagrammatic rendering of uncertainty derived from binding description.

Preservation is big data and so is SHARP. The practitioners can lament the passing of rhetorical grace and oral skills but these are now displaced by automated conspectus and graphic representation. Correlation and pattern have eclipsed need for narrative and data invites more data.

And everyone is so busy now that convenience must be optimized at every turn. Convenience is key. Soon we can hope to slide through without friction or disconnect, 24/7.

little data

Little is known of the life of William Shakespeare. His locations and behaviors and opinions were not tracked. Years after he was gone his admirers got around to publishing his works and these were then studied as indirect evidence of Shakespeare centuries later.

The forensic study and interpretation of the printed works and their genre of other surviving Jacobean literature continues. It is amassed into an oblique shadow of the life of William Shakespeare, but the research cannot contradict the smallness of direct data.

At least the surviving printed works of the turn of the 17th century are physical evidence. As such they also directly evidence the methods and activities that resulted in their production. Charlton Hinman even euphemistically watched the multiple compositors setting and continually correcting as the printed sheets of the first Folio continued to assemble. This research added data.

More data accumulated as printed copy was mined across genres and analyzed for word frequency. Data has also been building with scraps of surviving records newly discovered and realizations of missed components such as literary editing needed for production of the first Folio. Data is building on data to suggest methods of writing that Shakespeare used and the transitions and transactions that modified the printed record of his works.

Can we compensate of a lack of direct data by adding indirect data? Another writer who understands his own methods of writing wrote a book full of suspicion of the presence of Shakespeare’s writing methods. This is Bill Bryson’s book; Shakespeare The World as Stage, 2007.

viral videos

Do the six five minute recent videos; you will be convinced and conveyed. This is what a book preservation training program should look and sound like. (n.b., book preservation = book conservation + library preservation)


Take some time at this site and progress through the rich, multiple media field recording of the hand work book making in this district of Calcutta. Here you will find modern people caught in an ancient world and accommodating their precarious circumstances amid endless hand work.



”Formal publications and informal discussions (online and otherwise) are the two traditional avenues for information- sharing in our field and each have inherent limitations, that in some ways restrict our knowledge base. For example, formal monographs and journals are great and rigorous – but often costly for both publisher and consumer, and at-risk to become outdated. On the other hand, informal online discussions are specific, topical, and participatory – but can be private, hard to access, less relevant, and less exacting. There’s a lot of information that may be useful to membership that falls in between these two traditional methods of scholarly communication, and that is exactly where a wiki can be of service.” BPG/AIC

A wider approach to knowledge sharing is brewing across all disciplines and there is lurking implication for books. At first a topic for literary scholars, book designers and comparative media study specialists, the emergence of a new exchange platform (such as wiki, blog and enclave listserv) is now positioned in between formal publications and informal discussions. Such a new exchange platform is now opening to much wider participation.

Two of our key words: KNOWLEDGE BASE (its displacements or constraints) and zones BETWEEN BINARIES (between formal and informal discussions) immediately pop-up for FotB fans. Can another of our keywords, RESILIENCE (of book transmission) be far behind?

eerie complement

”If publishers were smart, what they’d take away from this—what they hopefully will take away from it once the paper sales figures come in—is that early e-release is additive, not substitutional. Publishers were looking at “windowing,” pushing e-books back several months beyond print books. Maybe they should consider “reverse windowing,” making the e-book available early because e-book-lovers wouldn’t have bought the print book anyway but some people will be willing to buy both.” Chris Meadows, TeleRead

…is additive, not substitutional …terrific phrase and a terrific paragraph. I hope windowing and reverse windowing sticks in wider discussion. Another factor here is book reading behavior; book readers are not waiting around idle for a good book to come along….they are reading books already discovered and purchased. Book reading, at all paces, is backed up with plenty of material on-hand.

Best of all the insight that screen and print work as a complementary reading strategy has already been realized and field-tested in humanist research. An awareness of the eerie complementary roles of print and screen deserves much wider recognition…just as Chris has encouraged.

key convenience

Convenience is the key difference between print and screen books. One way to define that convenience is to notice that a print book displays only a single title and cannot display many books. A screen reading device will not only display various books, it can also display various libraries and various book stores. So the convenience of e-books is immense.

Screen books are even more convenient than that. Purchasing utilities, reader reviews, and community book discussions are delivered quickly without any need for physical transaction, travel, or arrival on time. The whole system of ebook delivery is very convenient, free and instantaneous and we can add to all this the continuing advances of quality, navigation and connectivity of screen book display while the devices themselves are ever more attractive and efficient making up-grading enticing.

Finally the convenience of ebooks contrasts with print books in an even greater way. Ebooks increase book reading strategies and opportunities resulting in more books read and read more quickly. Screen readers zoom through books and purchase more titles than print readers while they also manage to keep plenty on hand ready for any opportunity to read. Convenience is the key.

As we become adapted to screen book reading and convenience of ebook delivery it will be difficult to recall why print books were used for so long.

(My tongue should really be tied to my cheek.)

data narration

“The authors emphasize that their data allowed them to identify only correlation, not causation. Other economists said that future studies will be important for sorting through the patterns in this new data.”

Database extraction and its graphical display does produce patterns, but so does the night sky. Missing is authentic absence of pattern in multiple rate related energy exchange behaviors that compromise interpretation of trends. This is not to suggest that the world is chaos, but only to suggests rich system resilience. Database extraction and its graphical display does result in correlation but narrative is needed to deduce causation.

Such explanation of distinction and complement of database and narrative resource is accentuated by the distinctive interfaces needed; database extraction and its graphical display requires computer processing while book reading requires cognitive processing. The out-puts of narrative format can be looped back to either format for further processing while the extractions of database resource invite more data.


be youthful

It’s the e-book advocates that are getting old, not publishers or print readers. For starters they are continually frustrated with the future and the complex resilience of book transmission. They are also intolerant if you accept their agendas of mono delivery and display domination; just how much displacement, 1:1, of paper and audio book delivery would satisfy them?

There are even symptoms of senility among the screen format advocates. A blog cache is not a book, a browser view is not a reading format, a crowd sourced authoring is not a monetized commodity, and a mixture of media is not a coherent publishing strategy.

In my view the screen book advocates are the geezer dinosaurs. Whenever an enclave goes out of the way to demonize and debunk other specialists we can suspect they derive their projected profiles of others from personal familiarity. Just where did the revenue come from that has enabled screen book exploration? For Amazon, and for all other book, magazine and newspaper publications that came from print sales. In book publication it still does.

So lets have more responsible projections of the future of books and more nuanced study of the resilience of book transmission and some exploration of such oddities as the strange complementary interplay of print and screen books. Be youthful.

giggling and inane

The interview is giggling and inane (which is an exception to the fine, informative interviews at this site) but the subject is crucial. This subject is the Dalhausie University collection of the Douglas Cockerell reference bindings. These were the references for Douglas’ pioneering study of historical binding as a template for modern craft bookbinding.

A makers’ mediation worthy of a young Cockerell is here. He uses Douglas’ take home…understand by doing.

seminar to be

“Books to Be” 108:170:001 (UICB:4010:0001) Studies in Book Technologies
Thursdays, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Aug 26, 2013 
- Oct 31, 2013, Special Collections classroom

Resilience of book transmission as a component of cultures is our topic. In episodes of literary, documentary and technical advance the book now appears transformed and augmented by digital communications. It is suggested that the composite print/screen book will accentuate themes of its own technology, reception, persistence and aesthetics. Contrarily a displacement and discontinuity of book transmission is also a lurking topic. Here we consider this excitement.

The survey itself provides adventure. We will explore various disciplinary perspectives on book transmission and view each interpretation of the long form narrative compilation we identify as a book. The specific disciplines explored are academic book studies, current technologies of book production and commerce, science of book cognition and library science, and literary studies and book arts. This itself list can be debated but not a final disciplinary approach that we will attempt. This is a composite understanding of book transmission across all the disciplinary views.

Again, a haunting aspect of our seminar will be the future of the book. Here we will entertain, not the more popular hubris of format futurists, but an eerie resilience of book transmission and authentic risks of knowledge and information displacements. It will be our responsibility to map an assessment of book resilience and book displacement to come.

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