I love to make books and I love to play the ukulele. Can I put these two loves together? Can I make a book out of a uke?
From The Ukulele Books of Peter and Donna Thomas, via Ukulele Hero, via Dylan.
There’s a new book out called 500 Handmade Books, which is excellent apart from two quibbles:
some contributors really do themselves a disservice by sending in bad photographs of their own work, taken with their own digicams in bad light and/or submitting them at web resolution. Mind you, the publishers are also at fault for not only using these images but for resizing them so that the fault are accentuated…
There are umpteen shots of these uke books, yet only one book per other contributor. Donna and Peter must have been mates of the author.
The Thomases make cutesy books, but in their defense, they are FABULOUS teachers. I just bought their More Making Books by Hand, not so much for the book ideas, but for the first 55 pages of basic instructions for everything from paper grain through to how to fold a concertina and what tools to collect. Extremely useful and easy to follow.
Select Month January 2017 (1) June 2016 (1) March 2015 (1) February 2015 (1) July 2014 (1) February 2014 (1) December 2013 (1) November 2013 (1) October 2013 (1) October 2012 (5)
the single most valuable—productivity boosting—feature that an ereader platform could add would be a complete and open API for bookmarks, highlights, and notes. If I could have all of my highlights and notes automatically sync—marked up and tagged—to my Simplenote account, that would trump any design feature or widget ereader vendors can possibly think of. —Baldur Bjarnason
@pkay225 puts it another way: Me: should books be culturally privileged? Audience *crickets* Me: who has had their life changed by a book? Audience *all hands go up*
@crankykramer plays the dozens: Yo mama's so old she thinks CMS stands for Chicago Manual of Style.
@Ted_Underwood, 2 tweets: Wrote on board: "read intro to p. xxvii, story to p. 43." Students: "wait, do we read to page 27 or page 43?" Revealing that they still understand roman numerals ... but *not* necessarily the conventions of the printed codex ...
Fun fact: many of the most influential people in ebooks today outright reject the idea that design makes a substantial contribution to a book’s meaning. —Baldur Bjarnason
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