The didn’t mention anything about how each character of the book is placed on the page using tweezers.
Also? That guy at the 2:54 mark is really scary.
do they get ANYTHING right?!
That was a fascinating peek at the inner workings of the publishing industy. What I don’t understand, however, is this: in this process, who gets to choose the fonts?
The author’s parents traditionally choose the fonts and the general look and feel of the book. The mother usually chooses the cover art, often by commissioning something nice from a family friend. The father, or in rare cases, the grandfather, chooses the body text font and the heading font from a selection of Compugraphic 7700 font-strip negatives stored at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
India, here’s something for your wishlist — I have a feeling you will love this book!
(Does any other book have an index entry that says “terrorists. See copy editors”?)
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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