It’s true. I started out with hot lead. Editor of the Sembach Jet Gazette at Sembach Air Force Base in Germany, 1958-60. a twice-monthly paper, it was printed in Kaiserslautern using linotype machines, hot lead made into slugs, then stacked by hand in trays for the presses. I loved going in for press checks. It was medeival.
Next came the IBM Composer (have I gone through this before? Well, if you insist…) It was a $10,000 “selectric” typewriter with those ball fonts. To go from Roman to Italic, you manually replaced one font with another. It had a 3000-bit memory. It was used by newspapers for maybe 10 years (as well as by the Whole Earth Catalog and our first 20 or so books). Pages assembled (pasted up) by hand for printers.
Then along came the Mac. And cut to…
eBooks. I was listening to some very sharp people discussing the new eWorld, 300% growth for eBooks, looking like another 300% growth this year — whew!
Well, what can a poor boy do? (Except to sing for a rock ‘n roll band…)
I’m listening to all the dire news for physical books, and the rosy future of eBooks, and thinking about the book we just finished, after 2 years’ work. We keep looking at the few advance copies we have here, and it looks SO good. A lot of this due to Paramount Printers. The paper is high quality (and FSC etc.), it’s got a sparkle. The builders come alive.
It’s a journey you hold in your hand, a physical presence, a work of art. It’s a a real …book!