The Traditional Birth of a Book

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The Telegraph Online and Glen Milner invite us into Smith Settle Printers near Leeds and shows us the traditional way our favourite analogue reads in hardback are made.

As Lomographers, we all love everything analogue, and what could be more analogue in this world of electronic and digital entertainment, of computers and televisions, than reading a book? The weight of a good hardback in your hands as your eyes take in the words printed on its pages can sometimes be more enjoyable than what you’re actually reading! But how are the beautiful hardbacks we fill our shelves with (that is, the shelves not taken up by all our cameras of course) made?

Luckily for the inquisitive among us, The Telegraph recently aired this exclusive video shot in Smith Settle Printers, Leeds, who still practice traditional book printing and binding. Every aspect of the production of a beautiful hardback book is shown. The care and attention put into it by the makers, most of whose work is done by hand, is a wonder to behold, and definitely of a kind with those Lomographers amongst us who so lovingly self-process their own films.

Knowing that this much effort goes into producing my well-loved hardbacks makes me love them all the more. Who out there has any traditionally bound books they treasure? Any particularly beautiful designs? Feel free to share your photos of them in the comments.

All information for this article was taken from The Telegraph with the video embedded from Glen Milner’s Vimeo .

written by samwise_camus on 2012-07-17 in #lifestyle #birth-of-a-book #books #the-telegraph #book-printing #tradition #book-binding #analogue #production #reading

5 Comments

  1. alexzenit
    alexzenit ·

    Reading a book... is not analogue.

  2. alexzenit
    alexzenit ·

    Reading a book... is not analogue.

  3. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    It is when compared to Kindle editions and Nook. Digital vs traditional = analogue. I.e., film vs pixels.

  4. samwise_camus
    samwise_camus ·

    Thank you @itsdebraanne . You've expressed my muddle thoughts perfectly. :)

  5. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    @samwise_camus i try ^__^

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