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Gutenberg's Fingerprint
Gutenberg's Fingerprint: Loving Books from Paper to Pixel | Merilyn Simonds
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An intimate narrative exploring the past, present, and future of books Four seismic shifts have rocked human communication: the invention of writing, the alphabet, mechanical type and the printing press, and digitization. Poised over this fourth transition, e-reader in one hand, perfect-bound book in the other, Merilyn Simonds -- author, literary maven, and early adopter -- asks herself: what is lost and what is gained as paper turns to pixel? Gutenbergs Fingerprint trolls the past, present, and evolving future of the book in search of an answer. Part memoir and part philosophical and historical exploration, the book finds its muse in Hugh Barclay, who produces gorgeous books on a hand-operated antique letterpress. As Simonds works alongside this born-again Gutenberg, and with her son to develop a digital edition of the same book, her assumptions about reading, writing, the nature of creativity, and the value of imperfection are toppled. Gutenbergs Fingerprint is a timely and fascinating book that explores the myths, inventions, and consequences of the digital shift and how we read today.
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kidamy
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brennahawleycraig
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So today, I saw a Gutenberg Bible 😱 for all you NYC folks out there, the Morgan Museum is an absolute gem! There was a whole exhibit of illuminated manuscripts, rooms stacked with books and a letter written by Jane Austen!

BookishMe Must have felt surreal! I'd have been too awestruck to move 2y
brennahawleycraig @BookishMe it was so cool! And the letter from Jane Austen to her niece had every word written backwards, which was kind of funny! 2y
LeahBergen The Morgan Library is AMAZING. 😍 2y
brennahawleycraig @LeahBergen my mom went along but was skeptical and ended up totally impressed! 2y
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‪Here's my new blog post on the new release from @ecwpress Gutenberg's Fingerprint https://jilljemmett.com/2017/04/10/new-release-gutenbergs-fingerprint/

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Jilljemmett
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#aprilbookshowers first sentence of current read = "The project is Hugh's idea." #arc #currentread @ecwpress

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! There've been 4 seismic shifts in communication: writing, the alphabet, type & the press, & digitization. Simonds asks what's lost & gained as paper turns to pixel. This work looks at the past, present, & future of the book. She has 2 trusty aides on her investigation: Hugh Barclay, a printer using an antique letterpress to make a book; her son, making the same book digitally. How do we read today? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Tanner Ooooh, that sounds interesting! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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