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The Book Room

23 EpisodesProduced by John DegenWebsite

News, conversations, and random sound from the book business.


Book Room #22: Merilyn Simonds

Today in the Book Room, I talk with prolific author and paradigm straddler, Merilyn Simonds, who has written a meditation on the evolution of print and book-making that speaks directly to the very nerdiest core of my own bookish fascination.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint, a 2017 publication from Canada’s ECW Press, dives deep into the technical minutia of moveable type and single-sheet printing presses, the physical nature of that work, it’s superiority In many ways to the various digital processes that have for the largely replaced it.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is a meditation on where we come from, bookwise, where we are and where we might be going.

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