Tag Archives: History of the Book

Roundup: The Future of Reading

Though some bibliophiles are threatened by the advent of the digital book, I can’t help but love books in all their forms. There are times when I’d rather jump on the subway with a paperback, but there are also times … Continue reading

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Empire of the Word

My awesome parents, knowing all about my obsession with words, recorded the Empire of the Word documentary series that aired on TVO last month for me. It was developed and narrated by the very impressive Alberto Manguel, author of A … Continue reading

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Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts

This past weekend on a visit to Chicago I stopped by Columbia College’s Center for Book & Paper Arts to see the current exhibit of Buddhist printing from the Derge Parkhang. The Derge Parkang (also known as the Derge Sutra … Continue reading

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Lasting Impressions

The invention of Gutenberg’s printing press is leading in the moreintelligentlife.com poll for most the most important event of all time. I think it’s telling that even in this age of electronic publishing, 570 years after its invention, the power … Continue reading

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A Short History of the Printed Word

Recommended Read Chappell, Warren and Robert Bringhurst. A Short History of the Printed Word. Vancouver: Hartley & Marks Publishers Inc., 1999. [ISBN-10: 0-88179-154-7] A Short History of the Printed Word is an impressively complete history of print and its astonishing … Continue reading

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How's That New Book Treating You?

I’m reading A Short History of the Printed Word, and it’s reminded me of what an amazing technology books are. You might hear a little more about the book when I’ve finished reading it, but in the meantime I thought … Continue reading

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