As a traveler and compulsive reader it’s hard not to appreciate the convenience of having an e-book.
On the other hand … you can’t watch the video below showing the construction of a book — PICTORIAL WEBSTER’S: A VISUAL DICTIONARY OF CURIOSITIES from print through binding, without gaining a deep appreciation for the books of yore.
Back in the time when books had real leather covers and durable paper. And when the skill of writer, artist, and craftsmen came together to make each book a beloved possession and cherished investment for generations to come.
It also makes you understand why in those days the extensiveness of one’s personal library was considered a measure of one’s wealth and public libraries became a necessity for the rest of us …
Do I miss the look, feel and smell of real leather bound books? Yes. The paperback versions? Not so much.
~The book being made: Pictorial Webster’s:
A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities The book maker: John Carrera The book price: $3500 * *Commercial hardback version available for under $25. No e-book yet.
Read more about the book and the process at Quercus Press
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